For this book review, I read Wicked: I read this book in order to complete the first item on the book challenge, a book based on a fairy tale. The male protagonist is generally disappointing and the female protagonist is often powerless and irritating. I tend to spend much of these books waiting for the female protagonist to get up and help herself for once.
Wicked is a show that means a lot to me and being my 10th time seeing it, I have high expectations as well as particular ways in which I like to see the show performed.
Outside Wales Millennium Centre The show opened to its iconic music, costumes, set and the Dragon above the stage to entice the audience, and I was beyond excited to see this special musical come to life in front of me once more.
As many people know, Wicked is a wonderful re-telling of what we thought we knew about the characters in The Wizard of Oz. In the story of Wicked, we learn about the wicked witch of the East and the West, Glinda the Good, the lion, tin-man and the scarecrow.
While Wicked has received some criticism over the years for its weak connections and explanations, it is a show that has thrilled audiences for years. Without a doubt, the talent on the stage was unquestionable. She plays the character of Elphaba who stands out from the crowd with her green skin and no-nonsense attitude.
She is confident in a way that opposes her counterpart in the show, Glinda. My only criticism is that I personally prefer it when Elphaba is more feisty, played with more sarcasm, raw humour and a bit more anger.
For me personally, Ross had Elphaba as calmer and more likable character, which was a nice twist but not personally my cup of tea. Another slight disappointment for me was that Ross did not riff on any of the big numbers. I love to hear what new actresses do differently with the songs and their amazing vocals, rather than sing it the way I know it from the original soundtrack.
Still, an excellent performance. With a voice that could shatter glass and a wonderful stage presence, Woolf was nothing less than superb. In spite of this, I did find her to be slightly too peppy for my liking, making her seem quite irritating rather than likable and funny.
Helen Woolf in Wicked While I recognise that I am being harsh, this is only because I have seen some great leading actresses in these roles in the past and have my own particular preferences for the characters. This is not to say Amy Ross and Helen Woolf were bad in any way, as I was blown away and loved the show as always, their performances were just not my own personal preference.
A disappointment for me in the show was Aaron Sidwell in the role of Fiyero. If I had to describe his performance in one word it would be underwhelming. He had neither the stage presence nor the voice to carry Fiyero as a strong, funny, likable and charming character.
While not major characters, I have previously found that if these two were weak, it can bring down the rest of the show. I have seen the role of Madame Morrible played in a pantomime fashion by previous actresses before which I have never liked and is something Ismay stayed clear of.
Instead, she gave a strong performance that gave a lot of depth and characterisation to Madame Morrible which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Similarly, Pinder as the Wizard was a delight to watch on stage. Wicked is a magnificent show and something everyone should see. Once again after seeing this wonderful show I feel the need to congratulate the creative and production team that bring it to life.
Its costumes, scenery, magic and wonder are something not to be underestimated and Wicked is certainly a show for all ages that will, hopefully, carry on forever.
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A mouthful I know.