On Saturday the 21st of April I headed into Birmingham’s Hippodrome Theatre, with my friend Matty by my side and his spare ticket firmly clutched in my hand.
As I looked around the theatre instead of being green with envy I was feeling positively…..
Confession time, I honestly didn’t have a clue as to the premise of the show, I knew that it interconnected with The Wizard of Ox. And that it was the tale of the Wicked Witch but everything else was completely new to me.
When Wicked first graced the stage in Birmingham, one in ten people saw it. With the hype that generated following that I will admit I was expecting BIG THINGS!
The story was captivating and enrapturing, it wove beautifully within the classic Oz. With twists and turns that made me look at the tale, I knew so well as a child, in a very different light.
The casting was sensational and the singing had me wanting to join in. Especially when the hugely talented Amy Webb took on the role of Elphaba and performed the amazing solo closer of Act One ‘Defying Gravity’. This song was truly breathtaking.
Helen Woolf made the character of Glinda the Good Witch her own, as she brought the goody-goody to life with sweet enthusiasm and witty remarks.
You could feel the onstage presence of these two characters emanating around the theatre. They had the audience’s attention from the very moment they entered the stage.
I adored this story, the way is swung the Wizard of Oz on its axis and allowed us to see it from a whole new perspective was sensational.