Review: Wicked – electrifyingly enchanting

THE electricity pulsing through the auditorium as the audience gather to see the hit show Wicked on it’s latest tour is infectious.

The multi award-winning show (with more than 100 awards to its name) is running at The Liverpool Empire until March 31, and everyone wants to see it.

The Wizard of Oz prequel brings sharp humour, magic music and a thousand goose-bumps as it plays out the story behind the Wicked Witch of the West – more fondly known in the show as Elphaba.

Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wicked tells the untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.  

Understudy Amy Webb played Elphaba at the performance we saw – and what a mark she has made. Not missing a single beat, from group numbers the iconic Defying Gravity, her performance was flawless and enchanting.

Helen Woolf shows her seasoned stage attributes as Glinda The Good welcoming the audience with open arms and amusement – a trait she continues throughout the show, until it really matters to be serious.

This is a tale of friendship, and the strength of love. It tells of how two people, no matter how different, can create the most beautiful of bonds and overcome obstacles showing true power and grace.

The show also features Aaron Sidwell (best known as ‘Steven Beale’ in EastEnders) as Fiyero, Steven Pinder (best known as ‘Max Farnham’ in Brookside) as The Wizard & Doctor Dillamond, Kim Ismay as Madame Morrible, Emily Shaw as Nessarose and Iddon Jones as Bog.

A truly great cast who clearly gel together in the best of ways to bring a heart-stopping combined performance, if you can get tickets, cancel everything and get along to see this historic show.

Top score from us

 

 

Wicked at The Liverpool Empire plays to Saturday 31 March 2018. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Liverpool Empire Box Office, online at www.atgtickets.com/Liverpool or by phone on 0844 871 3017.

Performance Times: Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm.

Extra matinee on Thursday 29 March at 2.30pm.

Tickets: From £26.50

Empire Theatre Box Office | 0844 871 3017 | www.atgtickets.com/Liverpool

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