Wicked review

I have been waiting to see Wicked for a few years now and, for my twentieth birthday, I went with my mum. We watched the ten-year anniversary cast with the wonderful Willejmin Verkaik and Suzie Mathers. We saw the 7:30 show on the 24th June and, although we had restricted viewing due to our seats, it was fantastic. It was a lot funnier than I expected and, although I knew all the songs, I didn’t know the story so it was great learning about Elphaba and Glinda’s friendship.
A few weeks later, after following all the cast on Instagram and listening to the soundtrack non-stop, I saw that it was their final performance in a few days and, deciding to surprise my sister, bought three tickets. My mum, my sister and I watched their final show on the 22nd July at 7:30. We had a perfect view this time, able to see everything on stage. The audience’s reactions were a lot better than the first time I watched it. Everyone laughed a lot more and cheered more often than they did on the 24th. My sister, who hadn’t seen it the first time, absolutely loved the show. At the end, the cast had their speeches and it was an extremely emotional thing to watch. Willejmin, in my opinion, is the best Elphaba out there. I’ve seen videos on YouTube of other actresses and, although they are fantastic, I believe Willejmin to be the best. She has such a powerful voice and portrayed the character perfectly. Suzie Mathers, again, is my favourite Glinda. She played the character without making her annoying, as so many actresses do, and has such an incredible voice. It was such an honour to watch them twice, although the first time was brilliant, I enjoyed the second time more as I knew what to look out for.
A new cast joined last Monday and, for those of you around London, I highly recommend going to see the show. I might go and watch the new cast in a few weeks, depending on whether I am at university or not.

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  1. Wicked changed me “for good”. I first saw Wicked in 2006 in summer on Broadway with my mom at the age of 12. Wicked sparked my love of musicals and it was the musical where I began to understand the emotional side of musicals. My favorite characters in Wicked are Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I saw Wicked four times in all and each time I have felt more and more vulnerable.

    I honestly don’t have vivid memories of the first time I saw Wicked, but the impact clearly shows and I do remember that “Popular” was my favorite song. Elphaba is my favorite musical character of all time. There is just so much to say about Wicked and the importance of it.

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    1. Han says:

      Completely agree. There are such strong messages in Wicked, it’s hard not to love it.

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      1. Each time I see Wicked, I feel like a 12 year, but the emotions are felt deeper than that of a 12 year old. The plot lines I latch on to the most are the friendship and the love triangle. Wicked really has everything I want in a musical.

        I want complexity, comedy, spectacle and dance, positive and negative emotions in the score, and a strong emotional bond. Wicked is a hard musical to mess with.

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