Wicked the Musical in London

wicked the musical

Wicked the Musical is one of the best musicals I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. It’s currently showing at Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. Yup, I caught the West End cast in this award winning production! :)

wicked

Wicked is actually based on the first of a trilogy of books by Gregory Maguire called Wicked – The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. Most of you would have watched or read The Wizard of Oz at some point in your childhood. It’s a good movie but ultimately suffers from being based on a children’s book – it’s all black and white, good versus evil.

wicked book

As you grow older, such concepts are foreign, nay, an insult to your intelligence, in a world you know has no such absolutes. It’s all shades of gray and Wicked will appeal to the older audience. The book and the musical adaptation has quite a few differences though – the book is darker and Dorothy does not make an appearance in the written word.

wicked glinda

However, I love the musical coz it weaves everything together and portrays Elphaba (the name of the Wicked Witch of the West) as a revolutionary who fights for the rights of Animals. She is ultimately a very misunderstood character and you can’t help but feel sorry for her.

wicked ticket

I managed to get reasonably good seats for 62.50 pounds (about RM 300) – it’s the very front row in the middle of the Dress Circle. I was impressed by the props on stage as well – the animatronic bird (?) hovering over the stage like a large pterodactyl that comes alive when the Wizard of Oz makes his speeches is awe inspiring!

apollo victoria wicked

The orchestra playing in front of the stage is so good that I went and bought the CD + program for 20 pounds. Wicked the Musical is probably best known for the song “Defying Gravity” which also appeared in an episode of Glee (the one with the wheelchairs in Season One).

wicked program cd

I won’t spoil the story for you but basically the musical is about Glinda (The Good Witch of the South), Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and Nessa (The Wicked Witch of the East) during their days in school.

orchestra

The witches weren’t known as such then (Glinda is such a selfish airhead) and the incredibly sad and touching series of events which culminated in the death of Nessa (damn Madame Morrible) and the vilification of poor Elphaba will bring a tear to even the most stone hearted man. >.<

elphaba

The production runs for about 3 hours, including an intermission between Act I and Act II and I cannot recommend it strongly enough for those with an interest in theatre (and even those without). If you only watch one musical in your lifetime, let it be Wicked. I got so angry at Galinda and felt so sorry for Elphaba even though it’s just great acting.

I can relate so much to Elphaba. T_T

No one mourns the wicked. :(

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43 thoughts on “Wicked the Musical in London

    • Kiran: Yeah, it’s an awesome musical! To be honest I was a bit dubious at first, didn’t think it would be a good show, but I read the book and then watched the production at the theatre. I was so blown away that I watched it TWICE! :)

      It’s really that good. There’s a Broadway show, an Aussie one (not sure if it’s still showing) and one in Tokyo, all with their own casts besides the East End production.

      I got sand in my eyes while watching it, that’s how good it was. :x

  1. You have missed Elphaba when it was played by Kerry Ellis! I haven’t yet seen Rachel Tucker as Elphaba, but I still remembered Kerry Ellis singing Defying Gravity. It sent chills down my spine. The other was Alexia Khadime, which wasn’t as good….

  2. Can’t believe you got sued over the fish head curry article. All the best to you and don’t let idiots stop you from exercising your freedom of speech.

  3. Glad you got to catch Wicked! I love it as well and watched it twice – once in NY and once in London.

    The story line is amazing – have you tried reading the book? Not as spectacular visually of course, but it’s quite a piece of fiction.

    • Oh the best of both worlds! The West End cast and the Broadway cast. Now you have Australia and Tokyo to complete your Wicked journey. ;)

      Yup, I read the book before I watched the musical. The book is a bit darker.

    • Dude, air your personal grievances in the Jothy curry fish head post. This has nothing to do with fish head, or a minor possession charge, or your childish rationale.

      Keep the comments to Wicked the Musical, my KK friend. ;)

    • HAHAHAHA

      Man, it’s really obvious who you are and your hilarious efforts at commenting multiple times with different names is really funny.

      I seriously can’t help but laugh out loud. :)

      Yeah, I have a Section 6 for possession of marijuana way back when I was 24. So? Lots of people do it they just don’t get caught.

      Heck, even Bill Clinton did, but of course he didn’t inhale. ;)

      Bro, try harder. I posted about it MYSELF in the blog. Complete with newspaper coverage. I’m not ashamed of my past.

      Unlike you, I have no problems with talking about it too…I don’t hide it, comment on the proper drug possession post.

      I wrote the curry fish head post coz that’s my personal opinion of your food. No libel, no personal attacks, just my opinion.

      Your comments don’t even make any sense. Have you heard of a slippery slope argument? ;)

      BTW, do your research, the possession charge has been expunged from my record.

      …and if you don’t want to read, stop coming and stalking me. Sorry if I hurt your feelings in the curry fish head post, but hey, that is my personal opinion….just like you have yours. :)

      • You know, I bet if I checked judy, takeaway and takeaway2’s IP addresses it would be the same, but I’m too lazy. :)

        Update: It only takes a single click.

        judy (IP: 113.210.127.244 , 113.210.127.244)
        takeaway (IP: 113.210.127.244 , 113.210.127.244)

        IP Information – 113.210.127.244IP address: 113.210.127.244
        Reverse DNS: [No reverse DNS entry per ns1.apnic.net.]
        Reverse DNS authenticity: [Unknown]
        ASN: 9534
        ASN Name: MAXIS-AS1-AP (Binariang Berhad)
        IP range connectivity: 1
        Registrar (per ASN): APNIC
        Country (per IP registrar): MY [Malaysia]
        Country Currency: MYR [Malaysia Ringgits]
        Country IP Range: 113.210.0.0 to 113.211.255.255
        Country fraud profile: High
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        Private (internal) IP? No
        IP address registrar: whois.arin.net
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        Link for WHOIS: 113.210.127.244

  4. blogger should tell us that he is a convicted criminal before proceeding to comment on other people business. people have a right to know so everything he says can be taken with a pinch of salt…make that a whole barrel of salt

    • Hello again, my KK friend.

      Ooh, interesting, let me give you an example based on yours.

      That’s like saying restaurants with bad food and who has failed in their businesses in the past should put up a huge poster on their current restaurant saying “I OPENED UP TWO BRANCHES BUT HAD TO CLOSE DOWN ONE FOR LACK OF BUSINESS. THE OTHER ISN’T DOING SO WELL EITHER”.

      You know, so people can avoid the restaurant. They have a right to know. ;)

      Seriously, you do know that I can see that you’re the same person right?

      IP Information – 113.210.127.244IP address: 113.210.127.244
      Reverse DNS: [No reverse DNS entry per ns1.apnic.net.]
      Reverse DNS authenticity: [Unknown]
      ASN: 9534
      ASN Name: MAXIS-AS1-AP (Binariang Berhad)
      IP range connectivity: 1
      Registrar (per ASN): APNIC
      Country (per IP registrar): MY [Malaysia]
      Country Currency: MYR [Malaysia Ringgits]
      Country IP Range: 113.210.0.0 to 113.211.255.255
      Country fraud profile: High
      City (per outside source): Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
      Country (per outside source): MY [Malaysia]
      Private (internal) IP? No
      IP address registrar: whois.arin.net
      Known Proxy? No
      Link for WHOIS: 113.210.127.244

      What a coincidence! You’re from Kota Kinabalu!

  5. Wicked is quite wonderful! By far my favourite West End show, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed it!

    One tiny thing… The thing that hovers over the stage is actually the Time Dragon – you know, the one from the book, that predicts futures and stuff? – and it’s supposed to support the idea of the time and all the clocks that make up the set… I’m not sure what significance the clocks actually HAVE, to be honest… But yes. It’s the Clock of the Time Dragon. :)

    Anyway, I’m so glad to see someone who loved Wicked as much as I did. It’s phenomenal, isn’t it?

    • Hello Cat! :)

      Yeah, I LOVE Wicked – watched it twice, was tempted to get the 90 pound tickets the second time for a better seat but decided to catch more theatre performances instead.

      Ah! Thanks for clearing that up Cat! I’ll have to re-read the book again, it seems that my capacity for short term -> long term memory storage is becoming severely limited. :x

      Wicked is nothing short of amazing! I can understand how so many people love it. I’m one of them too. Cheers Cat! :)

  6. HB, I seen it when it was in San Francisco playing. It was great musical ever. As for the restaurant suing you on what you comment is so wrong. Did you pay for the meal with own money and got not your money worth in good food and service? I would say something about it for sure being a customer and customer right is entittle to see good food and service in business.

    They should give a free meal to make it up for that bad one to you.

    • Me too! If it comes to Malaysia, I’ll reserve the best seats in advance. Awesome musical, would love to see a Malaysian cast do justice to it! :)

    • Alas! :(

      Oh well, there’s always next time!

      EU is kinda addictive, I still wanna go there.

      Come let’s organize a trip Eiling! :)

    • Haha! It’s a great song! I got the CD too, the musical is awesome!

      Yeah, you definately must check it out if you swing by anyplace that’s showing Wicked! :)

      Not sure if the Aussie production is still going on or not.

  7. I just saw Wicked about 3 days ago, on a school trip, and it rocked my world! My first West End Production, First live musical, and I was impressed, to make a fundamental understatement. The costumes and voices were absolutely incredible, and gave me a host of ideas to pitch to my fashion designer friends. I’ve been dying to get my hands on the soundtrack, as I didn’t have time to grab it after the showing. I wish I could go back and see it from floor level though. I got seated in the center-left section of Dress Circle, funnily enough, second row back. :)

    • Yeah, it’s awesome isn’t it? :)

      I still remember it fondly.

      You can get the soundtrack from Amazon if you missed it from the musical. They’re selling it too.

      Ah yes, the dress circle…I hear the best seats in the house is right in front of the stage.

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