I’m just going to put this out there – I’m a die hard musical theatre geek through and through. Move over Beyoncé and let me belt Defying Gravity at the top of my lungs in the car.
Speaking of defying gravity, Wicked has been on my list of musicals to see. Despite being a die hard fan I’ve only actually ever seen a few musicals in person. So when given the chance to head in for press night I immediately jumped at the chance to go!
So me and some other girlies from Southampton Bloggers headed down to the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. The Mayflower has recently undergone a huge refurbishment and the place looks absolutely stunning. The deep red paint and new red seats give the whole place a very regal feel.
Wicked is a musical based on the book ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch Of the West’ by Gregory Maguire – offering an almost parallel universe to ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. With events happening before, during and after the tale we all know and love as the Wizard Of Oz.
It’s the 6th longest running show in Broadway history and has won over 100 major international awards including 3 Tony Awards and 2 Olivier Awards. Once you see it it’s definitely not hard to understand why.
The cast for the current production are: Amy Ross as Elphaba, Helen Woolf as Glinda, Aaron Sidwell as Fiyero, Steven Pinder as the Wizard and Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible , Emily Shaw as Nessarose and Iddon Jones as Boq.
I have to say I’m quite a musical snob, once I hear an original cast recording I’m pretty set on those people being the only people I hear sing my favourite songs. However, Amy Ross, who plays Elphaba is bloody outstanding. The same goes for Helen Woolf, who plays Glinda.
The whole cast was an absolute credit to one of my favourite musicals and did every song justice. Also I adored Aaron Sidwell’s voice and practically fell in love with his character from the moment he stepped on the stage.
The whole musical was so moving, from the acting to the singing and all the way through to the production of the show. Costumes were amazing, and the dance numbers really tied the whole show together.
Every belt had my hairs standing up and goosebumps all over. The plot is so well written and all the performers really carried everything off and made the show spectacular.
The Mayflower only have a few seats remaining for the rest of the tour. It carries on until 27th October so go go go get tickets! Currently hunting for my ticket back to stop me humming ‘popular’ in my head!
*I was invited to press night in exchange for a review. As always all opinions are my own. See disclaimer for more information.