I hope you are having a great Friday! When I first posted this review I had now officially finished my second year of university! Now updating it I am almost finished my Masters degree and I am now also working full time. However I thought it would be a good time to update this review and throw some more love to one of my favourite musicals.
A review of Wicked the musical… A small disclaimer I love this musical and slightly bias towards it because of the emotional connection I have to this musical.
A vivid reimagining of the classic The Wizard of Oz, Wicked spotlights the untold stories of Oz’s most famous (or infamous) characters, namely the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friend, Glinda the Good Witch. The show follows green-skinned star Elphaba from birth to college and through the life-changing events which eventually label her “wicked,” introducing spoiled rich girl Glinda, local prince and heartthrob Fiyero and even the Wizard of Oz himself, a troubled man very unlike the one you may remember. As Elphaba, a passionate political activist if there ever was one, fights injustice and seeks to undo the mistakes of the past, dark secrets and personal tragedies shape the history of Oz, paying homage to the classic Wizard of Oz story while simultaneously changing fans’ understanding of it forever. A cautionary tale about love, friendship and trust, Wicked effortlessly reveals that there are indeed two sides to every story
I was first introduced to this musical maybe 10/11 years ago when a family friend told us he had been to see it for the first time and he loved it. He then procceded to see it 10 more times before he sadly passed away. Around 4 years after he passed away I finally got to see this musical and I fell in love with it on a whole new level. So much so I went as Elphaba for Halloween in October (I regret nothing.)
What is Wicked about well… it is a back story to the wicked witch of the west. Hence the title Wicked but let me just clarify something or at least in my opinion. ELPHABA IS NOT WICKED! She is just misunderstood. Wicked tells the story of the unlikely budding friendship between Elphaba and Glinda one who is seen as wicked and an outcast because she is green and the other who is loved and adored by everyone and is known for being good and popular.
It also shows a romance triangle between Elphaba, Glinda and Fiyero but it also shows that you expect the unexpected. Fiyero saw that Elphaba wasn’t evil, in fact, she loves unconditionally and does not judge someone by how they look. The fact she tried to stick up for what she believes in throughout the whole musical is inspiring.
Not only do I think that Wicked has one of the most talented casts I have seen on the west end but I also think it is one of the most clever musicals. It promotes the saying never judge a book by its cover, those met Elphaba immediately brand her as evil when actually if you dig a little deeper, she had a challenging childhood but yet still has such as strong will power to stick up for the things she believes in. I think we could all use a little bit of Elphaba.
I will always recommend Wicked to people as a theatre show that is a must-see, London’s west end is a magical place where you can get lost in a world of imagination. Theatre shows give you the opportunity to lose yourself in a world of magic and creativity. Theatre shows just like books are inspiring, mesmerising and something I truly believe everyone should experience once. That being said it is on my bucket list to go and see Wicked on Broadway.
I think it is about time we all tried Defying Gravity and took control of our lives
If you have seen Wicked? Please let me know what you think in the comments below.