Review: Wicked

Posted by Matt Bourne on 05:19 with No comments

Elphaba is more commonly known to us as the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz and this show tells the story of how Elphaba came to be so 'wicked'. 

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, feisty and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very, very popular. WICKED is the story of these two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

WICKED, Broadway’s smash-hit musical that tells the untold story of the legendary witches from L. Frank Baum’s classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 

When Idina Menzel left the show I was wondering wether Kery Ellis would be able to fill the pointy hat...  Well boy can she!   I'd even go as far as to say she's actually better!  Her vocal range is truly amazing and is put to fabulous use in the showstopping Defying Gravity.  Ms Ellis is totally spellbinding and makes this musical experience even more amazing.  Also joining the cast recently is Susie Blake who is best known for her role as Beverley Unwin in Coronation Street.  She takes over the role of Madame Morrible anad again is a fabuolus addition to the cast as she totally owns the role. 

This is one show that lives upto its spectacular billing!   It simply demands to been seen.  The colours, the cast, the effects, it's fun too.  Everything about this show is simply ... well, wicked!  The music is great too with many memorable numbers including the aformentioned Defying Gravity, Popular, Dancing through Life & again Ms Ellis totally owns No Good Deed to spectacular effect.

 This is the one show currently that you need to make sure that you do everything in your power to go and see.

Matt Bourne