Wed 26 Nov 2014
I’m a huge fan of musical theatre and The Wizard Of Oz film, so Wicked sounded like a show I would love. It tells an alternate version of The Wizard Of Oz story from the point of view of The Wicked Witch of the West and The Good Witch of the North. I have wanted to see it ever since I heard of it a few years ago. I never got a chance when I was in London, so when I heard it was coming to Edinburgh on its UK Tour I was very excited. Then when I was invited to see last night’s show at Edinburgh Playhouse I was even more excited!
The story begins as the residents of Oz celebrate the death of Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West. We discover that Glinda the Good Witch of the North knew her before she became wicked, and we flash back to when the two witches first met at university. The story then goes on to explore their relationship and how they turned out the way they did. It also explains how Dorothy came to arrive in Oz, and the origins of many of the other main characters. I won’t give the ending away, but it was very surprising and I loved it. I thought it was very clever how the original Wizard Of Oz story and the new Wicked story intertwined. Although you don’t need to be familiar with the 1939 film to enjoy Wicked, I think those that know the film well, like myself, will appreciate it more.
Wicked explores many themes including friendship, love, rivalry and good verses evil. It makes the point that our opinions of others depend on our point of view and there are at least two sides to every story. The lead characters Elphaba and Glinda were played by Ashleigh Gray and Emily Tierney – amazing singers and actresses. I was not familiar with the songs, but found them so catchy I was singing them on my way home. The music was fantastic, the sets and costumes were dazzling, the script was funny and moving .. I honestly do not have a bad word to say about this production. Just go see it!
Wicked will be showing in Edinburgh until 10th January 2015. Tickets are available on the Edinburgh Playhouse website now.