Ever since I was a kid I have always been a huge fan of musicals. I remember my first ever musical was when I must of been about 11 years old and my nan took me with her friend. It was such a fond memory for me and I remember just falling in love with all the lights, the music and the story. So when I heard that the award winning musical that is Wicked was going to be flying in to the Bristol Hippodrome from 31st of January until the 3rd March 2018, the one musical that I have always wanted to see for as long as I can remember I couldn’t wait to go.
If you were like me as a child whom both loved and watched Wizard of Oz countless times, then Wicked won’t disappoint. Wicked tells the untold story of the Witches of Oz , you end up seeing the other side of the Wizard of Oz story. The story tells of an unlikely but lovely friendship between two very different people who first meet at University and accidentally end up not only in the same sorcery class but also sharing a room. One of which is the very popular Glinda played by Helen Woolf and the other is a green girl called Elphaba played by Helen Woolf.
Both characters were very different in their own way, but I’m sure most people in the audience could relate to either Glinda or Elphaba. Elphaba is the quiet girl that at the beginning struggles to fit in and find her way but as the story develops so does she. Glinda as mentioned before is the very popular girl but at whom was also a bit mean at times, but gradually you see her softer side shine thru with a lot of laughs and tears along the way from the audience.
Between an university, their friendship, a love interest and an encounter with The Wizard played by their friendship comes to a head and their lives end up taking very different paths. Glinda’s desire to be as powerful and as popular as possible mixed with Elphabas desire to remain true to herself has consequences for both of them and leads to them becoming Glinda The Good and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.
All this mixed with the amazing array of musical numbers , made for a truly captivating show. My favourite songs were ‘popular’ which was sung by Glinda and was both lyrical genius and very funny and What is this feeling which was a wonderfully funny and upbeat duet between Glinda and Elphaba. Of course thou I couldn’t write a review about Wicked without mentioning that iconic number that is ‘Defying Gravity’ I have to admit I was waiting for the point where the sung it and it didn’t disappoint. Elphaba singing it was amazing to watch and she definitely wowed the audience with her vocals as she flew around the stage.
Taking into account the Wicked story, production, songs, cast etc, I must say I absolutely loved everything about this musical. It was something I had wanted to see for a really long time and I had strong expectations however it ended up being everything I thought it would be and more. It really isn’t one to be missed and I’d love to see it again.
If you’d like to find To out more about the show and tickets you can do so by visiting the Bristol Hippodrome website here.
Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review. However as always all opinions and views expressed are honest and that of my own.