Wicked The Musical Press Reviews

“…This is a truly eccentric affair but it comes to us laden with Broadway awards. To judge from the way the first-night audience was cheering as at a rock concert from the outset, I suspect it may, like The Lion King, prove triumphant over here for its sheer spectacle… The book by Winnie Holzman, and the production by Joe Mantello are more ambitious than the original story by L Frank Baum… In a vast and spectacular stage event and with a cast of almost 40, a lot of that original simplicity has been lost in the eccentric language – and a score by Stephen Schwartz. While no Sondheim, Schwartz writes a succession of songs which admirably for the fast-changing moods…” The Daily Express

“No musical as weird or steeped in fairy-tale magic as Wicked has cast its multi-million pound spell upon the London stage in decades… It is the spectacle, the experience of a magical mystery tour through the fantasy land of Oz that takes and holds attention… Sailing on the waves of escapist fantasy on which many of us depend for pleasure, the musical tracks back to the celluloid Wizard of Oz. It begins where the movie ends and dreams up a fresh narrative from the witches’ viewpoints… Joe Mantello’s production expertly marshals this remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations. Wicked works like a dream.” The London Evening Standard

“…For the first half the story swings along quite merrily. There is a certain zest about the love-hate relationship between the despised Elphaba and the glamorous Glinda, who are college contemporaries… Having whetted our appetites, Wicked lapses into knowingness and moralism… Joe Mantello’s direction and Eugene Lee’s clock-based designs do their work efficiently.” The Guardian

“…Unexpectedly witty, enjoyable… at times the show undoubtedly slips into the preachy, but mercifully Winnie Holzman’s script keeps the gags coming as it cleverly subverts the film that spawned it. And Joe Mantello’s production is packed with spectacular coups de theatre and some magical lighting effects by Kenneth Posner. Stephen Schwartz’s lyrics are occasionally touched with wit, but what he really specialises in are big gloopy power ballads that allow the two female leads to stand centre stage and soar into the stratospheric. This they do with some style…” The Daily Telegraph

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