Wicked Review: The Wizard of Oz isn’t so wonderful

[Taveena Atsu | Features Sub Editor]

Wicked is currently being performed at The Apollo Victoria, revealing the ‘untold story’ of the characters of Oz, it teaches us why we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I caught a performance on 28th May 2015.

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The Wizard of Oz, a 1990 children’s novel by L Frank Baum, is a tale about desire. A tin man who wishes to feel, a scarecrow who wants to think, a lion who craves courage, and a girl with a dog who simply wants to go home. Typically, as in every fairy tale, the there’s a ‘baddie’: the Wicked Witch of the West, ridden with revenge and hate who wants to avenge her sister’s death. And a ‘goodie’:  The Good Witch of the North, who helps to put things right. A story known by children worldwide, flipped on its head with the release of the theatre production Wicked, based on the book by Gregory Maguire in 1995.

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Wicked could be considered as a ‘behind the scenes’ version of The Wizard of Oz. It reveals the true essence of the characters in an unconventional way. The roles are switched as The Good Witch turns out to be egotistic and self-centred meanwhile, we learn to feel compassion for The Wicked Witch as we learn her story of neglect, isolation and gloom.

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The vocals were truly amazing with Emma Hatton playing The Wicked Witch and Savannah Stevenson playing The Good Witch and Martyn Ellis as the deceitful Wizard. The stage was decorated with a large dragon attached to the top of the set, with a variety of props to accompany. It was also complemented with Orchestrations by William Brohn.

I would definitely recommend the show, (I may be biased as it’s my favourite) Wicked is a performance for all ages, with jokes for adults, a story line appealing to children, and music for all to appreciate. A pleasant surprise as we are shown that not all baddies are bad after all.

For more info, visit wickedthemusical.co.uk. If you’ve seen the show let us know what you think in the comments below or on Twitter @TridentMediaUK!

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Wicked Review: The Wizard of Oz isn’t so wonderful