Ok I admit it. Musicals have always been my secret vice. From the soaring operatic style of the Phantom of the opera (in which film nerd owes me a trip to) to the happy beats of Mama Mia! It is something that I would happily put on my mp3 player whenever I am in a mood or just need a break from my typical run of metal, metal and more metal.
Wicked was a musical that has always piqued my interest since it commenced its Australian run, but for some reason I have been too busy to go. So when the chance of new seats popped up, film nerd and I grabbed the opportunity to attend.
Wicked (as most of you readers know) is based on the parallel novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It focuses on the story of the wicked witch of the west, Elphaba, and how she became… well ..“wicked”. There is also focus on the back stories of many popular characters from the 1939 film, the Wizard of Oz, with large focus on Glinda, the good witch of the North and the Scarecrow.
The musical is good fun from start to finish. The story is engaging, the dialogue witty and includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue from the 1939 film. Lucy Durack (Glinda) plays her role with comic precision, portraying Glinda as a shallow airhead and the songs are both catchy and clever, a rare feat.
This is a musical that I would happily see a second time and I highly recommend it to anyone.