Wicked has been overwhelmingly popular with the public since its opening in 2006, breaking box office records not just in the UK but also worldwide and winning many awards for its spectacle and heart, especially when voted for by audiences. The musical’s commerical and popular success is indisputable, but what did the critics’ make of its unique twist on the classic tale of Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz? We’ve found some reviews from the original opening performances at the Apollo Victoria Theatre five years ago, so read on to discover what the experts thought of this groundbreaking show!
“Wicked is magnificent. The beautiful stage, the costumes, the special effects. These are but a few of the amazing things about this show. Rachel Tucker’s character ‘Elphaba’ is called ‘beautifully tragic’ in the show but Rachel is beautifully talented with her powerful singing voice and convincing English accent (she’s originally from Ireland)… If you haven’t seen Wicked then shame on you!” WEST END WILMA Read more.
“The theatre…is full of art deco decoration which gets lit up wonderfully in green and transformed into Emerald City when the two witches arrrive there for the first time. [Wicked is] a thoughful and engaging piece of theatre. The big number is ‘Defying Gravity’ which comes just before the interval with a spectacularly staged ending, sending the audience out to their interval gin and tonics whistling a good tune…” GHOSTLY TOM’S TRAVEL BLOG Read more.
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