3 June to 25 July 2015
Reviewed by Lucy Knight
I have wanted to see Wicked since it visited Manchester a couple of years ago. I am a massive Wizard of Oz fan and had heard how spectacular the show was. When I found out that I would be reviewing the show at The Lowry theatre I was ecstatic!
Wicked is a global musical sensation which tells of the alternative untold story of the Witches of Oz “Elphaba” aka “The Wicked Witch of the West” and “Gar-Linda with a Gar” aka “Garlinda the Good”. I was very interested in how it would pan out, I had read that the show lasted just under 3 hours including the interval so I was curious as to if I would engage for this length. I can honestly say though that I did not want the show to end. I was totally captivated and so was my partner, who is not a great loved of musicals, but he was enthralled. We both had such an amazing night.
Wicked helps you imagine what the Wicked Witch and Garlinda the Good might really have been like as young girls in college. It shows how Elphaba is extremely awkward and unpopular in contrast to her ‘rival’ Garlinda who is beautiful, blonde and ever so popular.
The story captures how they initially hate each other but this turns into a bond so strong that it is actually quite moving. Their love for each other stays string even when times get hard for Elphaba, Glinda (she changes her name in honour of her professor who couldn’t pronounce her name) stays true to her friend.
The show uses humour throughout and Garlinda had the audience in fits of laughter with her ditsy character. In the beginning I found Glinda quite annoying but I saw myself really warming to her as the show went on. Her and Elphaba have such a great presence on the stage that it is very hard not to be completely engrossed by them.
The whole cast were outstanding, they put on an amazing performance which had the whole audience give a standing ovation.
The set was the best I had ever seen, I loved the subtle changes which had such a drastic effect. My partner mentioned that it was the best set he had ever seen and I have to agree.
I have to admit this show, without a doubt, is the best theatre performance I have ever seen. If I could I would rate it 7 out of 5, it was remarkable. I give it a big fat 5 out of 5!
Tickets cost from £18 to £75 (includes £2 booking fee).
Wicked is at The Lowry in Manchester until 25 July 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0843 208 6000.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000