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Posted: Fri Jun 22 2012
Willemijn Verkaik is currently playing the role of Elphaba
The film world continues its love affair with werewolves, vampires and all things 'Twilight'. But theatre types have always known witches are where it's at. In its sixth year at the Apollo Victoria, Oz prequel 'Wicked' continues to fill this massive theatre with an international crowd of voracious consumers (glass of champagne and a choccy for £16 anyone?). But this stylish and bombastic musical still delivers, sailing over its patchy score thanks to a gravity-defying performance from its current leading lady Rachel Tucker, as the intense green-skinned undergrad who goes on to become the Wicked Witch of the West.
'Wicked' is a circus that rises or falls around its central performance. In the midst of a gigantic production full of bangs, bells and whistles Tucker, with her small frame and searing vocal ability, simply flies off with the show.
She's closely followed by Gina Beck, who plays good girl, Glinda. Glinda and Elphaba's relationship forms the heart of this story and, as the Good Witch, Beck is a consummate clown, playing up the silliness of her character at every turn. But she can raise a tear, too, and her final duet with Tucker, 'For Good', is genuinely heart-rending.
The Tim Burton-inspired ensemble oscillate between the hypnotic and grotesque and a sweet but thin voiced Matt Willis charms as the rather superfluous Prince. As in classical ballet, this is all about the women and, even by previous lead Idina Menzel's standards, they are in soaring form here.
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Wicked 2014 - 2015
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I have been waiting for years to see this and now I've finally moved to London, I'm getting my theatre on! This production is truly magical. I had THE biggest smile throughout the performance. I feel really lucky to have been able to watch Willemijn Verkaid and Savannah Stevenson perform together. What a fantastic casting combo! The singing was out of this world. So many 'goosebump' moments. The comedy was perfectly timed and the story itself blew me away. If you haven't seen this........ Go and see it!
The songs are fantastic, the stage was magnificent and it was captivating and enjoyable throughout. Thoroughly recommend.
Fantastic story line, brilliant songs,amazing performances by the cast. It all made a really enjoyable evening of entertainment. This show is a must see - the best musical I have seen so far.
This was my first musical and I brought my brother who is 14 years old along with me. I was worried that he would not understand as it is not the sort of thing he (nor I) is used to. Once it started, there was no turning back. The atmosphere was amazing, the actors and actresses were great, everything about it was breathtaking. I am so amazed by the quality of the performance, especially since they were singing live. I was almost convinced that the music was not played by a live band only to be proven wrong after the show when I went to check out the box where the band was playing. It was just one of the best things I have ever experienced in my life, so much so that I might just have caught the musical bug. One thing I loved the most was how the audience can acknowledge the crowd right after every performance so the performers can feel the appreciation right away, and deservedly so. I would definitely recommend this to everyone and anyone. It is worth every single pound that goes into the ticket price, hotel price and travelling price. It is just that good.
Last night at Wicked, i was literally blown away by the new cast, especially the Dutch actress Willemijn Verkaik who is the only actress to have performed the role of Elphaba in three languages. She brings a real quikryness to the role and that voice - WOW. Savannah Stevenson is an excellent Glinda and Jeremy Taylor has those boyish looks to charm us all, no wonder Elphaba and Glinda both battle to win his affections. Lastly, Sue Kelvin is probably the best Madame Morrible I have ever seen. Wicked just happens to be a consistently popular show, and its great to hear the audience roar at the end of acts 1 and 2
I went with my whole family and we all enjoyed it very much. We thought it was all very well done and loved the characters and the singing.
Greaty show, fabulous costumes, great singing but somehow was not wowed by wicked... could be we were high up in the dress circle ... not great seats. We did not have a great view and could not really get into the charactors of the show ... shame really as was a family Christmas treat .
Amazing musical, one of the best i have seen!. The singing is amazing and was a beautiful end to a great day spent in London. Would highly recommend it to anyone of any age!
Superb production values and an intriguing plot. The songs aren't that well-known though, so not one for a sing-a-long. Overall well worth seeing.
enjoyed the show immensely. Have seen many west end and broadway shows but this was one of the best. Time Out instructions to get there were spot on !
I took my daughter as a treat and she could not have been more excited! The show was amazing - not living in London we usually get to see touring versions of shows that don't have such elaborate sets so it was wonderful to see. Even though our seats were way up in the circle it was still a great view. We were lucky enough to be at the 3000th performance so had the added excitement of hundreds of balloons falling at the end. Only downside was that theatre let people into the building before the seating areas were open which resulted in quite a torturous crush inside. If we'd known the seating areas weren't open we'd have just wandered around Victoria for a while. 4 stars is due to that - not the show (5 stars!)
The postitives the 2 leads where excellent, but that's where it ended for me, sadly I really didn't enjoy the show at all, the storyline was really weak and wasn't what I was expecting, not much drama and excitement for me, thought there would of been more umph in the show, sorry wicked fans, but the show was not wicked for me, wild horses with free tickets couldn't drag me to see this again.
The production was amazing and the voices of both female leads marvel and contended against some of our biggest power house female vocalists in our country. I thought I got more value for my money than I expected. The background score, the writing, the comic timing, the heartfelt emotions for elphabur and the beautiful friendship between her and Glenda pulled at the heart strings. Such a great show for all the family my 7 year old daughters mesmerized face throughout the show made me full of content that I bought her to watch through show. BRAVO!
I was never a big fan of the Wizard of Oz until seeing Wicked. Wicked cleverly weaves a compelling tale that ties two stories together in an entertaining way that also makes you think. I've seen Wicked twice now and each time have enjoyed the fact that this is a show that gets everything right: it has a compelling story, interesting characters, a colorful set, and a wide range of music. "Defying Gravity", "Popluar" and "For Good" are particularly catchy. It is a great night out for families - especially in the Fall as we celebrate Halloween.
Very impressive show! Loved the music and special effects, however my boyfriend and I found it too long (almost 3 hours) so we left during the break. In my opinion the show should not exceed an hour and a half, since it is difficult to concentrate longer than that.
Perhaps something was wrong the night we went? The plot intertwines cleverly with Wizard of Oz and there were moments when we thought it was going to take off, but it never did. The orchestra was good, the effects special (maybe too special) but the singing was by-and-large little better than OK. Some of the duets were particularly weak.
My son and I go to the theatre often and this is the only musical we have ever wanted to go back to see again. I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy it as much this time around, but I needn't have feared; the acting was superb, the staging elaborate, the songs catchy, the singing astounding and the storyline dramatic, sad, comical and happy all rolled into one. I would highly recommend Wicked to all theatre lovers and guarantee you will come away feeling uplifted!
It was a great night out and my first ever West End show in London on a cold February day....absolutely worth the visit!
We saw this in 2007 and have been waiting 6 years to get back and see it again. DID NOT DISAPPOINT! We loved it!
Gregory Maguire's 'Wicked' is a richly political, inquisitive and funny novel. Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's musical adaptation is a very tuneful musical. One sort of wonders whether a more faithful adaptation might have had something more interesting, complex and profound to say - not because the musical's message that one oughtn't to judge a book by it's cover isn't a completely valid message, but because the source material from which the show derives says so much more than that. As it is, Schwartz has crafted a solid family music which - under the direction of Joe Mantello - balances quality and spectacle with mostly admirable aplomb. There's still a strong political undercurrent as well, with the machinations of PR monster Madam Morrible and the Wizard's violent persecution of minority groups and rebels striking a chord with various contemporary contexts. Don't expect to come out with an altered world-view, but if you're looking for something suited to all the family, Wicked can definitely go on your short-list.
We were blown away. Fabulous show, great story line, and the wicked witch can sing her butt off. Be sure and have dinner at the little italian bistro across the street from the east entrance.
Wicked was ABSOLUTELY wicked! It was an excellent performance by all of the cast, my favourite part of the show was when GAAA-Linda and "Elphi" were singing 'Defying Gravity'. The props were amazing, and the storyline was very cleverly put together!!! On another note, the seats at the Apollo Theatre were really comfortable. I was practically sitting in the clouds (cheapest tickets), but I still was able to enjoy the show!!!! I would definitely go again and I would recommend this show to absolutely anyone!!!
Truely mesmorising! Definately recommended and any seat selected allows a clear view and even right at the back, it appears as though you will still see everything well.
Great performance! Amazing scenario which mirrors kids tale about Wizard of OZ but frm other angle. Just brilliant and amuzing. Good songs and singers, except the main Man role, who was worse then ladies.
This show is very glitzy, the costumes are bright and colourful and the cast is very energetic, but I'm afraid our party did not enjoy it. Except for 1 song, the music and lyrics are quite forgettable, so the show is immediately at a disadvantage to all the other great London musicals. While the lead in the role of Glinda no doubt tried her hardest, we found it difficult to warm to her as a character and did not enjoy listening to her voice. By contrast, Elphaba's voice was beautiful, but the whole story-line is very thin and is spun out far beyond its natural length. I wouldn't recommend this show to anyone.
This show was amazing!! A super cast, staging, set, singing and story. I would and have fully recommended this show to everyone!!
This is a show for everyone! There are humor, great music, fantastic costumes and a wonderful stage. And the preformers did a wonderful job. I'll recomend Wicked to all of you who loves a good musical!
What an amazing show! Before it, I had never considered the story behind the "Witches of Oz". The costume and scenery were possibly the best I've seen in any show (helps that my favourite colour is green!!). I thought Elphaba was absolutely phenomenal - her voice was beautiful! The music is still stuck in my head and to me that is the telling of a great show! I urge you to see it!
Very good show, good story, fabulous costumes and excellent singers - BUT the sound quality was horrible. We were sitting on good spots in the circle, and the sound level was both unbalanced and overpowering. We actually had to cover our ears now and then to endure. Whomever tested how the sound projects in different parts of the auditorium either didn´t test the circle (unlikely) or had impared hearing (much more likely unfortunately). A pity on an otherwise very enjoyable show!
The production was amazing, totally amazing. The costumes, the music, the decor, the actors, the everything!!! It was perfect. BUT, there was something that put a gigantic stain on the evening. The pre-theater dinner reservation that we made with time-out. Being tourists, we didn't know that prezzo's was a chain restaurant situated in a derelict shopping center , but that aside. It was just atrocious, you aren't given the actual menu but a severely limited choice of starter and main, It was basically the lunch set but at twice the price. You're not treated well by the staff and you're choices are like garlic bread, pizza margarita, ... the very basics. (and it wasn't particularly nice to eat either). This fact wasn't mentioned on Time-out or on the Prezzo website. This really almost ruined the whole evening, but thankfully the show made up for that crappy experience.
absoutely amazing show, deserves much more than the 3 star rating time out has given it, amazing songs, amazing actresses/actors, amazing acting, amazing costumes, amazing special effects, amazing music- just everything, absolutely AMAZING! highly recommended :-)
I haven't been to see a musical for 10 years (the dreadful Bombay Dreams is to blame for this hiatus). This production flew by, was a pleasure to watch and the set, stage design and scene changes are worth the ticket alone. I'm not in a position to judge the songs after my long period out of the musical game, but they ticked all the boxes for entertainment and maintaining momentum. I left the venue feeling decidedly happier than when I went in - you can't ask for much more than that.
Awesome songs, cast and script. The songs had me smiling throughout, the script had a perfect comedy and the cast had such a divine chemistry I couldn't help love it . Definitely not one to miss :)