Wicked – the Magical Musical
A WiCKED Experience!
Magical musical Wicked is now entering its 12th amazing year in the West End at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.
Sarah Jeffery reports back on this spellbinding show.
Recently, over 20 GTO readers and their guests were treated to a “wicked” experience in The Emerald City – or the Apollo Victoria Theatre, as it’s also known!
The group enjoyed a pre-show drinks reception and an extra special warm welcome from four-time Olivier Award-winning theatre producer Michael McCabe. Michael spoke about his time with the show and explained how vital groups were to the West End.
If you think you know the story of the Wizard of Oz, then think again! Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is the musical backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, and how they came to be the most famous witches of Oz. The show opened in London in 2006 and has achieved tremendous success, wowing audiences and critics alike. With flying monkeys and a tornado-topping house, Wicked is the definitive prequel of the well-known story, with several nods towards the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. A dazzling theatrical spectacle which features a myriad of unforgettable songs, the audience come to discover how the witches earned their glorious and terrifying reputations, long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.
Sophie Evans shone as Glinda The Good and Alice Fearn was incredible as Elphaba; her performance of Wicked’s signature song Defying Gravity was simply breathtaking. With vibrant costumes, iconic songs, a super storyline and an energetic cast, the standing ovation was truly deserved!
Huge thanks to Encore for the fabulous seats, free programme and drinks, and the opportunity for a photo on stage with Sophie and Alice.
“Wicked was fabulous and, the lighting and stage effects are the best I have ever witnessed. The whole cast deserved the standing ovation they got at the end of their performance.”
JOYCE, RMA RETIRED MEMBERS OF TGWU, EAST SUSSEX
“I thought the costumes and scenery were excellent and the fact that there didn’t appear to be a spare seat says it all about the appeal of the show.”
NORMA, BRITISH AIRWAYS CLUBS, BUCKS
“Wicked is fabulous, a must see show with a fantastic cast. A show to be seen time and time again.”
SANDY, LONDON CULTURAL EXPLORERS, HACKNEY
“What a treat! The effects were amazing, the dancing brilliant, and what a great story line!”
JOAN, NORWOOD GREEN W.I., SOUTHALL
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to see Wicked last night. We really enjoyed the superb singing and the absolutely fantastic sets, the whole cast seemed to put everything into making it an evening to be remembered.”
JOHN, CAMBERLEY & DISTRICT PROBUS CLUB, SURREY
“Fantastic staging, a moving story and what a score! You’ll be singing Defying Gravity for weeks after you’ve seen the show!”
SERGIO CICALO Senior Trade Sales Manager, Encore Tickets