5 Reasons To See 'Wicked'

Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre

Written by Mia Goddard

★★★★★

Wicked tells the untold backstory of Elphaba, a green-skinned social outcast unloved by her fellow peers and her Munchkinland governor father. At university, Elphaba strikes up an unlikely friendship with popular fellow sorcery student Glinda, but the pair’s opposing personalities and rivalry over the same love-interest Fiyero ultimately sees them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

1. The music

The music of Wicked has to be one of my favourite scores of all time. Even today the show's unforgettable catalogue of songs such as "The Wizard and I, "Popular", Defying Gravity", "As Long As You're Mine," and many others remain hits. Almost every song is memorable and could be stuck in your head for days without getting old.

2. The story

The story of Wicked crosses over with The Wizard of Oz ever so slightly towards the end of the show, with Dorothy’s house landing on the Wicked Witch of the East. The final scenes also run alongside Dorothy's adventure along the yellow brick road, allowing us to see a whole different side of Elphaba 
and how she was misunderstood. You really gain an empathy for her character as the story unfolds, especially as we learn more about her childhood.

3. The cast

Laura Pick is simply memorising as Elphaba, demonstrating an innocent side to the character which feels fresh and new, whilst also holding her own on the difficult musical numbers, which sees her soar above the smoky stage much to the delight of the audience.

Sophie Evans is equally excellent as the kind-hearted ditsy blonde Glinda, her perfect comic timing bringing light in this almost dark tale. Dressed in dazzling costumes, she commands the stage with her exquisitely over-the-top portrayal and soft operatic tones, once again, demonstrating real skill and precision in the musical numbers.

The whole cast are impressively versatile, and you'll find you can't take your eyes of the ensemble in each group number. 

4. The set and costumes

Alongside the incredible cast. what makes this show even more spectacular is the scenery. The set moved to accommodate different environments, things floated and flew around on stage. It was quite magical. Not to mention the huge dragon that moves at the top of the stage! The costumes are equally as brilliant. From Glinda's bubble dress to Elphaba's wicked witch dress, to the wigs and masks, the costumes are worth a ticket price alone.

5. The Easter eggs

As many know, Wicked is the 'prequel' to the classic tale 'The Wizard of Oz' therefore there are many links back to the much loved movie. 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', sung by Judy Garland in the 1939 film version of The Wizard of Oz, is hidden in the score of Wicked through the “unlimited motif” that appears in the show. ‘The Wizard and I’, ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘For Good’ contains the first seven notes of the iconic song but is orchestrated in a way that the phrase is almost unrecognisable. It’s also really interesting to see how our favourite characters became who they are in the original Wizard of Oz.

Wicked is currently celebrating 15 years in London's West End so be sure to grab your tickets now! Wicked the Musical London



Photo Credit: Matt Crockett