I am a lucky girl, the PR company who work with ‘Wicked’ in the West End asked me if we’d like to go and see the show – ummm YEAH!! I’ve wanted to see Wicked since my friend Patricia saw it years ago on Broadway and told me how good it was. She’d also sent me the book which I read when L was a baby, but having a small child, and the expensive of the tickets and the train journey into London meant that I’d never gotten round to it.
For those of you who have missed ‘Wicked’ it’s basically a prequel to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ it’s about the Wicked Witch of the West and how she became Wicked.
“The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz: Elphaba, the misunderstood girl with emerald-green skin, and Galinda, later Glinda, the beautiful, ambitious and popular blonde. Wicked tells the story in which these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and theGood Witch of the North while struggling through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard‘s corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba’s public fall from grace. The plot begins before and continues after Dorothy‘s arrival from Kansas and includes references to locations, events, characters and situations from both the 1939 film and Baum’s novel.”
So as we’re still on half term, Paul, Miss L and I went down to see the show yesterday in London. This was Miss L’s first trip to the theatre (I’m seriously not counting ‘Tweenies Live’!) and she was super excited. We had lunch at Victoria Station and then off to the theatre opposite. The thing I loved about the actual theatre itself was because it’s art deco it fits so well with the 1930’s feel of the story and the stage was tied into it too. Even the female ushers has 30’s uniforms and makeup – not sure if that was deliberate or just the style they have? They all looked authentic and fantastic though.
As you can see from the moment Miss L sat down she was enthralled with the complex set, her favourite thing was the map of Oz, you can’t really see it in the photo below but the detail was amazing.
My favourite was the dragon who’s above the stage and comes to life at the beginning of the show.
The show was really good, the two leads Rachel Tucker as Elphie and I think it was Chloe Taylor as Glinda yesterday were just stunning. How do such large, beautiful voices come out of two such tiny women?? Their performances really made it for me, and even I was quite teary at the end. But the rest of the cast, especially the chorus who worked their butts off the whole show were brilliant too.
The funniest thing was Paul commenting that the only fault he could find was the music sounding too ‘perfect’ and that it would be better with an orchestra….when he spotted the orchestra pit and the conductor about 30 seconds later! We did giggle 🙂
So thank you for the tickets, we had the best time and most importantly Miss L had a very spectacular introduction to the magic of the West End, hopefully it will give her a lifetime love of it.