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Wicked at at Victoria Apollo

December 30, 2012

The wicked witch of the west is dead, but the show still goes on!

Wicked the musical, based on the book by Minnie Holzman, tells the story of Elphaba, the wicked witch, and Glinda the good, and how they came to be on the paths they are on. We see Glinda and Elphaba begin at Shiz University, with Madame Morrible and how they form an unlikely friendship that brings them to see the Wizard in the Emerald City.

I saw Wicked in Victoria Apollo theatre in London, the venue was amazing, just a quick walk from the tube station, and with many places to eat around I was spoilt for choice. The set was very well done, with every attention paid to little details, be sure to look out for Glinda’s entrance. Equally well done were the award winning costumes which, were flamboyant and suited to every character.

Rachel Tucker was truly inspirational as Elphaba, her voice is simply amazing, especially when singing Defying Gravity. Gina Beck was perfect for her character and played Glinda really well, with the two leads worked brilliantly on stage. Matt Willis, previously from Busted and now playing Fiyero, was a huge surprise to me when I discovered who he was, a good one though!

The thing that struck me the most about this musical was how well the storyline fitted in with the story of the Wizard of Oz, it was subtle but noticeable and very clever. This, along with the amazing music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz are more than enough reasons for me to go back and see this musical again and again.

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