Musical Review: Wicked

Details: The above trailer does not have Idina Menzel or Kristin Chenoweth, who were the leads in the original Broadway cast. Nominated for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2004. The official site is https://wickedthemusical.com/broadway-tickets/ You can find a playbill for the original Broadway cast at http://www.playbill.com/production/wicked-george-gershwin-theatre-vault-0000011020

In the last couple of years, exemplary Broadway musicals have come out that do not rely on stage effects or armies of dancers and, instead, have relied on the talents of a relatively small cast as well as great music and great writing. While Wicked had two amazing leads in Idina Menzel (Elsa from Frozen) and Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked is a big budget Broadway musical that is good because of its talent as well as its budget.

Wicked is a musical that takes place before, during, and after the events of The Wizard of Oz. The story centers on the character The Wicked Witch of the West (whose real name is Elphaba in this story) and tells her origin and her circumstances during the events of The Wizard of Oz. Wicked seeks to tell a more empathetic story for the Wicked Witch of the West, explaining her side of the story instead of just painting her as the villain.

It’s a really fun story, especially if you’re a fan of The Wizard of Oz. I think it was based on a book of the same name. Wicked takes the fantastic realm of The Wizard of Oz and turns it hilariously ordinary, providing comedic color and backstory for the world of The Wizard of Oz. For instance, the first half of the show mostly takes place at a boarding school the Elphaba attended when she was younger. Here, Elphaba is an unpopular kid in school whose roommate happens to be Glinda the Good, a really popular kid in school.

If I were forced to pick a number, I would say that this show is seventy percent a comedy and thirty percent a drama. My favorite jokes were the ones that poked fun at the source material, like how Dorothy was kind of a thug for stealing the shoes off a dead person.

The music here is really good. They have some really memorable songs made that much more memorable by Chenoweth and Menzel’s performances. Fortunately or unfortunately, this is one of those shows where Chenoweth and Menzel really took this show to another level. Without the acting, singing, and personality of those two, this show will definitely be lacking something.

Overall, this was a great show and an easy recommendation for adults and children. Even with Chenoweth and Menzel, this is a show with high production values and will likely still be very enjoyable without those two as the leads.

Score: 7.8/10

2 thoughts on “Musical Review: Wicked

  1. mphadventuregirl November 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Wicked to me is like a 12/10. I have seen it four times with the first being on Broadway and the other three in Charlotte, North Carolina. Each time the show has deepened a lot in emotion and strength, but each time I still feel like that 12 year old. My all-time favorite musical character is Elphaba and my other favorite characters in this musical is Glinda and Fiyero. I love Elphaba and Glinda’s friendship between each other and love the love love triangle that happens between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero due to how complex, fascinating, and deep it is. It has the spectacle and dance, the comedy, positive and negative emotions, romance, and strong emotional connection that I want in a musical.

    As a 12 year old, this musical sparked my love for musicals. It is where I began to understand the emotional and complex side of musicals.

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    • elliot November 7, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      I understand completely. I think the first musical thing I saw and loved was Disney’s Aladdin, which I watched when I was very young. All these years later and I find that I still know the words to those songs. As an adult, I’m not sure I would say Aladdin is Disney’s greatest animated work, but I still loved it for the role it played in my youth.

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