Wicked - Theatre Review
I have previously seen Chicago, Grease, and more in theatres, and I honestly think that Wicked is my favourite. I went to see the production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Wicked is a musical that tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West (Rachel Tucker) and her time at Shiz University and her friendships with Glinda the Good and Fiyero, who are played by Gina Beck and Matt Willis.
Throughout the production, I was enticed. The performance was entertaining. The cast were brilliant. They each brought something to the show. I enjoyed seeing Gina Beck play the role of Glinda because she portrayed the character well, bringing personality on the stage. The way she flicked her hair to attract boys had the whole audience in hysterics. Rachel Tucker has also certainly made a name for herself by playing the role of Elphaba, for she originally auditioned for the BBC show I’d Do Anything, where she reached the semi-final for the role of Nancy.
The character Fiyero was Glinda’s and Elphaba’s love interest and was played by ex-Busted singer Matt Willis. I congratulate Matt on his transformation from being in a boy band to acting in theatre. Fiyero was a typical bad-boy at Shiz University; self-fish, obnoxious but then showed kindness and loyalty. One of his highlights was swinging onto the stage to save Elphaba.
I very much liked the use of props in the production; especially Glinda’s ‘bubble’. It was also referenced in an argument between Elphaba and Glinda: “Well not all of us can fly by bubble”. Other props included a broomstick, a spellbook, a wand, a statue, an overhead bridge and many more. I felt that each and every prop was used very well.
Another highlight of the show was the unison between Elphaba and Glinda. Their singing was remarkable and I was ever so glad when Elphaba (Rachel) held the top note in the song “No Good Deed”, as it is this song that brings her to keep the name The Wicked Witch of the West.
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