Thursday, 24 September 2015

Review: Wicked,' London's Most Fashionable Musical'

Seeing two west end musicals in two weeks? Well that's just living the cultured dream! Last week, ahead of London Fashion week, and a mere matter of days after having my socks blown off by 'Kinky Boots,' I was treated to two tickets to see London's 'most fashionable musical,' 'Wicked!' I'd seen 'Wicked' once before, when I was much younger, but with adult eyes, and a renewed appreciation for costume and set designs as well as the live instrumental and vocal performances, I knew I was in for an afternoon to remember. I brought my friend, Steph, along and we took our seats, 4 rows from the stage, to enjoy the show. 

Wicked is the story of Elphaba, 'The Wicked Witch of The West' and Glinda, 'The Good Witch' who stories we thought we knew from 'The Wizard of OZ.' But Wicked tells the tale of the two girls growing up, the challenges they faced and how one became known as 'evil' and the other, 'good.' If you are a fan 'The Wizard of OZ' this musical is a must see as it also details how the cowardly lion, the tin man and the scarecrow came to be. Its also a feel good film, with love and friendship being overriding themes- it makes you want to hug your best friend and serenade them with 'unlimited, together we're unlimited!!' 

Wicked has been running in London for almost 10 years and has been acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail) and “one of the West End’s best-loved shows” (OfficialLondonTheatre.com), Wicked has now been seen by nearly 7 million people in London alone and recently played its 3750th performance.   
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Steph and I both loved the musical and were enthralled by the incredible, imaginative costumes (especially those of Glinda and the inhabitants of OZ!) and captivated by the cast's talents. The music will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions and both Steph and I shed tears during 'For Good' Elphaba and Glinda's duet/ballad and let our mouths hang open in awe as Emma Hatton (Elphaba) sang 'Defying Gravity' as though her life depended on it. There was so much raw emotion! 

Every one of every age imaginable was in the audience, hanging off every note, so Wicked really is fun for all the family. I've said it once, and I'll say it again, musicals make amazing presents for theatre fans- it's an experience they will remember and treasure forever and you get to be involved in the fun too!
If you'd like to hear more about Wicked, you can watch my vlog (above) of the week I went, which includes reactions from Steph and I, during the interval and after the show!

Amy Jane x
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