I’m sure you’ve seen the Wizard of Oz. I mean who hasn’t seen the Wizard of Oz. If you truly haven’t, you must run to your TV and find it. It’s a real gem. Once you’ve done that, you must then book yourself some tickets to go and see Wicked.
Wicked has been running at the Apollo theatre for ten years and still pulls in packed audiences every single night. I can absolutely see why.
The story is based around two young witches, Glida and Elphaba, who are studying together. This amazing show takes you through the tale of how they met and how their friendship develops over time. The storyline is dotted with characters we know and love from the Wizard of Oz, including the Great and Powerful Oz, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion, amongst many, many more.
The score is beautifully penned and the music is not only powerful but it is gut-wrenching at the same time. The song Defying Gravity is one of the most stand out moments of the spectacle.
I personally feel that what resonates strongly with the audience is the way the Winnie Holzman, the scriptwriter of the show, writes the vulnerability of both of the main characters. It brought me back to being at school and uni, just wanting to make friends and hoping people would accept me. Everyone knows that feeling and so the moments between Glinda, Elphaba and the other characters is so real and so raw.
Another stand out takeaway from the show is that it turns the story of the Wizard of Oz on its head. I won’t reveal too much as I don’t want to ruin it for anyone, but it took a childhood understanding of a much loved book and film and gave a completely different perspective. Wow!
So I urge you to go and book yourself in to see this wonderful show. If you’ve already seen it, I’d love to know what you thought. I hear there’s quite a fan base and super-fans go and see it time and time again!
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