Theatre review: Wicked at the Apollo Victoria

11:06 23 January 2013

Witches and wizards, an Emerald City, and plenty of music - that’s Wicked.

Wicked has been open in the West End since 2006, but this was the first time I’d got round to seeing it.

It’s recently undergone a change of cast, but there’s no sign that anyone’s taking the time to settle in - the production is seamless, and it’s easy to see why it’s won so many awards over the years.

Telling the untold story of how the Green Witch got the reputation she has in The Wizard of Oz, Wicked is a tale of magic and love and, most importantly of all, friendship between Elphaba the Green Witch and Glinda the White Witch.

There was very little I didn’t love about the production - in fact, it’s hard for me to pinpoint anything I didn’t like.

I loved the fact that for a play, Wicked was so realistic that it felt like I was watching a film.

It was grand, bright, colourful - particularly during One Short Day in the first act when everything goes emerald green - and the flow of the whole show was very well constructed.

I loved both Glinda and Elphaba, who were played by fantastic actresses who really did an amazing job in both acting and singing.

Also all the musical items were great and the cast did a really good job in dancing through the routines. Having a live orchestra underneath the strange playing to the show was fantastic to see and hear and very enjoyable too!

Among my favourite tunes were The Wizard and I, which comes towards the beginning of the production, and is sung by Elphaba.

The opening was also really good, and No One Mourns the Wicked set up the story well, giving the audience a thorough understanding of the events that came before the play.

So my final verdict? Wicked is, quite literally, wickedly good.

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