Monday, 14. October 2013 16:44
Forget what you know about the Wizard of Oz, that girl with her ruby slippers and her dog… WICKED is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West – with Dorothy barely getting a chance to click her heels once let alone three times…
I’ve been waiting to see WICKED (on tour) for the best part of 10 years – I thought my wish would be granted in 2005 during a trip to Chicago. Sadly, as I arrived it rolled out of town like tumbleweed. Gutted.
Lucky for me it opened at London’s Apollo Victoria Theater a year later. I didn’t know what to expect other than recommendations from my American friends and YouTube clips through a dial up connection :-/
From the moment you step into the theatre you’re transported to a dramatic emerald green world, the production and set lives up to the grandeur of Oz and with Kerry Ellis as lead I was blown away. #AMAZING
WICKED has a massive following around the world, so when I heard the musical was about to embark on a UK and Ireland tour I wasn’t sure how fans would react to a moving production and new leading cast.
Trick or Treat?
Definitely a TREAT… Sat front center, the Manchester Palace Theatre production is as big as its sister in London. Look up and fans will recognise the watchful dragon with the costumes shining just as bright as the lights of London. You’re captured by the world of Oz from curtain up.
Nikki Davis-Jones who has been waiting in the wings as Elphaba’s London understudy now has her chance to shine and without giving anything away, she smashes ‘Defying Gravity’.
There’s enough comedy to keep Peter Kay entertained of an evenin’ with a slick story line without any ‘who’, ‘why’ or ‘what’. The songs tell the story of how two polar opposite girls become friends and true to form; a man gets involved to complicate things. I suppose every friendship has a little drama!
The show spells out class, from Elphaba and Glinda’s chance encounter at University, right through to the end with a glimpse of those damn ruby slippers along the way. The ensemble may be small but this production would feel at home on Broadway or the West End.
Me, the boyfriend and the rest of the audience thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and we were on the edge of our seats all the way through. We have booked to go front row again on Halloween night. I’m thinkin’ we should go dressed as Elphaba and see what spells we can cast.
Manchester: Now ‘til 16th November 2013
On Tour Tickets: Manchester, Dublin, Milton Keynes, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, and Southampton - www.wickedthemusical.co.uk