The highly-acclaimed and much-prized, hit musical show, Wicked, is back this month at the Mastercard Theatre, Marina Bay Sands. And, after waiting over ten years to see it, I finally got my chance when some tix landed on my desk last week! I always find musical theatre shows are a lot easier to “get behind” when you already know the songs and, after a decade of singing in my car (well, attempting to) the likes of “Popular” and “Defying Gravity”, my chance had arrived for the ultimate sing-a-long. Sorry to all those who were seated in row S of the stalls yesterday!
What’s it about then?
Based on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory Maguire, with music and lyrics by three-time Academy Award® winner, Stephen Schwartz, Wicked is the story of The Wizard of Oz but from the Witches’ points of view. It explores how Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West), becomes wicked and how the Good Witch (Glinda) rises up to become head of the Munchkinlanders.
The two girls meet at college: Glinda being the blonde, popular girl and Elphie, the unattractive, green-skinned loner. They are thrust together as room-mates and as time goes on, become best friends. The story unfolds from there and without going into too much detail, as I don’t want to spoil it for you: think of it as an amalgamation of the before and after stories of The Wizard of Oz, with a few references to the aforementioned througout. It has inspired me to re-watch one of my favourite childhood films.
So, what did I actually think?
Besides the music being utterly memorable and catchy; the set, the costumes and the performances being unforgettable, the actual story itself was gripping. The underlying and interwoven themes of; friendship, the struggle between good and evil, the navigating of life, nature versus nurture, unrequited love, forbidden love, fitting in, and the effects of power, are all there. This is one emotive and powerful show, sucking you in from the very start with the likeable two main characters, their unbelievable vocals and a fantastic live orchestra plus awesome special effects. I want to see it again, and soon!
A taste of what to expect
When, how long, where etc
This is a long show, 2 hours 40 minutes and there’s a 20 minute interval, so be prepared for a late night or if you’re doing the lunchtime performance, maybe meet for an early lunch at one of the many eateries in The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, beforehand.
The show is on until until Sunday 20 November at various times with tickets of varying prices depending on where you sit. I think it’s worth paying a little more to sit in the stalls, as they are tiered, so you still get a good view even towards the back. The boxes which seat 4 are pretty cool as a special treat!
Should I take the kids?
Well, it depends on how easily scared yours are. Mine are 5 and 7, and I decided not to take them, opting to go with a bunch of girlfriends instead. There is something about flying monkeys that puts the frighteners in my eldest (and me for that matter!) however, I think for those who can cope, 7 would probably be the youngest age I would consider taking along.
Psst… We saw a few die-hard fans sport witches hats, if you want to go in fancy dress to add to the occasion!
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