The Bloke and I are in London to celebrate The Bloke’s 50th birthday. We’re staying in an awesome apartment and have had a whole bunch of things on the itinerary for the last few days.
Last night we went to see Wicked for the first time. It has been something that we have both wanted to watch, and I have always been jealous of the fact that I never got to see the Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel partnership. Whenever we have come to London and wanted to see a show it has always seemed to either be sold out or too expensive and we have ended up going to watch something else instead. However, this time at least, as if the stars had aligned, we were able to get reasonably priced tickets in great seats, and I had been looking forward to it.
It was amazing. The plot is a prequel to the Wizard of Oz and centres around Elphaba, the green Wicked Witch of the West and Galinda (who then becomes Glinda), the Good Witch of the South. I knew a lot of the songs and the general storyline before we decided to go and see it (thanks to my minor Idina Menzel obsession), and I was immediately blown away by the fabulous set and staging. As would be expected with West End performances, the entire cast were incredibly talented, but it was Alice Fearne as Elphaba that completely captivated me and held my attention throughout. Of course, I spent most of the first half desperately waiting to hear Defying Gravity – I’ve seen and heard this performed by a number of world class singers – and Alice was probably one of the best, to the point where I had to stop myself from standing up, punching the air and yelling a very northern ‘YEEEEAH! GO ON, LUV!’ when she absolutely belted out those high notes – I’m even getting goosebumps writing about it. And even now, I have ‘For Good’ on a loop in my head. How I got through that without sobbing on The Bloke I have no idea…
I know that the show tours around the UK, so this is definitely one I will look out for again…
And today? Harry Potter World! It’s been a trip of witches and wizards!
What about you guys? Have you seen Wicked? What’s your favourite musical?
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