In January of this past year, I saw Wicked, “The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz”, in London, England. Knowing my personality type, you’d never guess I’d be very interested in theater. After seeing Wicked, I can honestly say my opinion has changed. I’d never seen anything quite like this and I wouldn’t mind seeing it again. The play was wonderfully executed with fantastic vocalists and enthusiastic actors and actresses. This theatrical performance seemed to fly by and kept my interest the entire time.
A little background about Wicked….
The original novel was written by Gregory Maguire in 1995 taking a spinoff of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz written in 1900. In London’s theater history, the show is now the fourteenth longest running show. Wicked, itself, has won the Olivier Audience Award twice and the WhatsOnStage Award for ‘Best West End Show’ three times.
For those who haven’t seen Wicked, the musical tells a story of an improbable friendship between Glenda the “Good Witch” and Elphaba the “Wicked Witch of the West” from the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. While Glenda is beautiful, popular, and well-liked by everyone, Elphaba is misunderstood and is looked down upon for being different. The play provides a possible explanation for their roles and personalities in the original play, Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Wicked is a must-see for viewers of all ages and interests!
Wicked the Musical. If you think you know the Wicked Witch of the West, Think Again…2018. 8 May 2018. <https://www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/london/about>.