“Wicked” has been successful in the West End for years now, and they have built up quite the fanbase in that time. They’ve recently announced that the musical will be touring across the UK. But, is it worth your time? Most definitely.
The London show is one of the top musicals to see when visiting the city. The cast and crew are simply astounding. From vocals, choreography, the storytelling, set design, costume design, the orchestra – everything was perfection and mindblowing. For those who are unfamiliar with Wicked, it’s a story based on a novel that was written by Gregory Maguire in 1990. It’s a retelling of the classic story; The Wizard of Oz. However, in this story, the tale begins way before Dorothy ever visited the land of Oz.
The good witch Glinda (Helen Woolf), and the Wicked witch of the west Elphaba (Lucie Jones), were once rommates and friends at university. Yes, these two lost souls who we have all known and grew up to be enemies were actually the best of friends despite all odds. Elphaba is a special individual who her peers simply misunderstood. Her father didn’t like her, and she was sent to a boarding school to help nurse her disabled sister, Nessarose (Carina Gillespie). Along the way, a prince named Fiyero (Ryan Reid) enters both their lives and…complicates matters. Something dark is lurking beneath the surface and Elphaba turns to the Wizard (Mark Curry) for help. But things turn sour and Glinda’s and Elphaba’s friendship is put to the test.
The musical sees some favourite tracks including “Popular,” and both Lucie and Helen did a breathtaking perfromance of “Defying Gravity.” The whole musical will blow you away. There is a reason why it is so successful, and has been one of the most well-loved musicals in theatre history. If you can’t make it to London, tickets for the tour are due to go up for sale this Spring. More information can be found here.
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