I hadn't seen Wicked in three years so was really looking forward to seeing this again. I must admit I didn't enjoy it as much as I used to but still enjoyed it anyhow. It had utterly fantastic sets and fun colourful costumes. I was reading that years ago when Wicked opened on West End they were nominated for Best Costume Design and Best Set Design but didn't win, I was surprised about this because I thought the costumes and sets were amazing. I love the bit when Elphaba "defies gravity". This never gets old and I always say the same thing every time: "WOW!" The special effects are great in this show and I like the flying monkeys. It has a great storyline which is about two unlikely friends, one being born with emerald green skin who is smart, feisty and misunderstood, the other being beautiful, ambitious and very, very popular, and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. To top it all off it has great choreography and this is very entertaining. The cast were also great, but people who stood out for me were: Emma Hatton as Elphaba, Sophie Linder-Lee as who was filling in for Glinda, Katie Rowley Jones as Nessarose and Sam Lupton as Boq. There were all these good things about the show, but there were quite a few bad. First of all I was not too keen on the Fiyero doing the show last night. He was the understudy and I understand that but he was just too nervous. I do get that though, I would be nervous too. But the understudies need to be trained really well and it was quite obvious he was just filling in. When I saw Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and It's Only a Play they had understudies playing and you couldn't tell the difference. However none of that is his fault and he did get a lot better during act two. They also seemed to have major microphone issues. I heard microphones making loud beeping noises during the songs. This happened three or four times throughout the show and started to get a little irritating. I must admit this is maybe a show for younger children but all round is a very fun fairy tale story.
The featured star of Wicked is, drum roll please… SOPHIE LINDER-LEE!
This was a very hard to decision to make but Sophie managed to win featured star with her fabulous acting, her tremendous singing and her stupendous dancing. It is hard to believe she is just Standby for Glinda as I think she really deserves the role and I hope once Savannah departs from Wicked she takes the role.
Now for my final verdict on Wicked. I give Wicked…
Overall this was a fun show and had a good message for people.
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Join me next time when I will be reviewing The Lion King.
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*Please note this show has had major cast changes since this review.