Wicked: soaring to new heights of popularity

Wicked: soaring to new heights of popularity

'Tis true. There’s magic in the web of it.' Act III, Scene IV, Othello

Queues out the door and the jibber-jabber hum-drum of people loitering around the bottom of Park Street. It can only be one thing: a musical is on at the Bristol Hippodrome.

And what a musical it was: Wicked. Continuing in the same story arc as The Wizard of Oz we follow the Wicked Witch of the West on her journey to becoming the person everyone loves to hate. The music was fantastic; the stage production sublime. It was quite simply everything you expect from a West End musical all in the beautiful surroundings of the Bristol Hippodrome theatre.

As one expects in a touring professional company there was the perfect mix of crowd pleasing songs, with Defying gravity being especially 'Popular'. It is surprisingly difficult to review a West End show that has toured nationally but the combination of flawless singers, in-sync dancers and a great set meant the show truly was a fantastic spectacle. It was further complemented by Glinda’s comic timing, performed by Helen Woolf with her supreme voice.

A special mention has to go to the star of the show- Amy Ross- who played Elphaba, as she perfected the art of turning the villain into the hero through her soaring soprano voice. The two female leads blew the socks off the crowd, and were supported by a great cast and chorus who achieved a well-deserved standing ovation at the end.

Would I recommend seeing Wicked? Yes. Even if you are not a fan of musicals? Yes. Having not met an individual who hasn't seen Wicked, it is now an institution and one I believe everyone can enjoy.

 

*****

Five stars

Joseph Salem