For those of you who have seen Wicked, I get it now. I get why you loved it so much! You see, I’ve heard so much about this musical but thought nothing of it. I knew it was the back-story to The Wizard of Oz, the story of the two witches – Glinda the ‘Good Witch’ and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West – before Dorothy came to Oz. Actually, I thought it was quite clever…Wicked in Oz (Aus) get it? Ok…sorry, got distracted there.
Like with many popular theatrical performances, what usually fascinates me is not just the singing and acting but the props and effects used to make the performance come alive, and Wicked was no exception. The performance lived up to the rave reviews I’ve heard from friends and my sister. Having always been a fan of the concept of “there’s always two sides of a coin”, the storyline captured my curiosity from the moment it started. With this being Wicked’s 10th Anniversary Australian tour, the show is (I think) even more spectacular. I’m not surprised that I have friends wanting to watch the musical again, having seen it previously.
L-R: What I wore (Popbasic Melody Dress with Coat from Valley Girl), the stage, Miss 12 and I before the show
Miss 12 was my date on Saturday night, it was like a “mother-daughter” bonding time. For someone who wasn’t a fan of plays, she was captivated by the gorgeous costumes, the set, the performance…let’s just say, everything. She has even declared that musicals are her thing. Me, well, doesn’t take much to convince me as I have always been a huge fan of the theatre – whatever it may be.
Photography by Jeff Busby
Maggie Kirkpatrick killed it in her role as Madame Morrible, as did Reg Livermore as The Wizard and the roles of Glinda and Elphaba were carried out without a glitch – perfect to a tee! It made me laugh, cry and now the song “Defying gravity” is in my head – on repeat. Without giving too much away, Wicked is a story of friendship, love, and truth. If it’s one thing I took away with me, it’s that truth is how you choose to see it.
If you’re keen to find out what Wicked is all about or would LOVE to see this spectacular musical again, here are the details:
Where: Regent Theatre
Season: From 10th May 2014
Performance Times: Wednesday – Saturday 8:00pm, Wednesday 1:00pm, Saturday 2:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm and 6:30pm
Price: From $69.90
To book: wickedthemusical.com.au or 1300 111 011
*I was given a pair of tickets for the opening night. All comments are my own.