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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Wicked The Musical Booking Extended!

LONDON’S No.1 NEW MUSICAL ENTERS 3RD HIT YEAR. BOOKING EXTENDED TO 26 SEPTEMBER 2009. ALMOST HALF A MILLION NEW TICKETS GOING ON SALE

WICKED, the record-breaking hit musical at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, is one of the West End’s biggest success stories. This year alone the award-winning new musical has already taken almost £20 million at the Box Office. WICKED today announces the opening of a new booking period with tickets on sale over a year in advance for all performances until Saturday 26 September 2009. Tickets go on sale this Monday (1 September 2008).

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “As we enter our third year in the West End the success of Wicked continues to grow. We have enjoyed an incredibly successful 2008 and business is up week-on-week from 2007 which is an extraordinary achievement. We are now delighted to be adding our 6th booking period and putting almost half a million (460,692) new tickets on sale.”

Acknowledged as ‘the West End’s most successful musical’ (The Independent on Sunday), WICKED has already been seen by over 1.5 million people since its London premiere in September 2006, grossing £55 million at the Box Office to date (with almost £20 million taken so far in 2008 alone). The musical officially celebrates its 2nd birthday on 27 September 2008.

The production currently stars: Alexia Khadime* as Elphaba, Dianne Pilkington as Glinda, Oliver Tompsett as Fiyero, Harriet Thorpe as Madame Morrible, Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Caroline Keiff as Nessarose, Jeremy Legat as Boq and Andy Mace as Doctor Dillamond. *Kerry Ellis returns from Broadway to star as Elphaba from 1 December 2008.

Cast subject to change from 4 May 2009.

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