Review - Wicked at Milton Keynes Theatre
It has been a long time coming but finally it is here as the West End and Broadway smash hit Wicked goes on tour.
Taking the characters in the original novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students.
Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Despite the show having been around for years, I had never had chance to see it and it was definitely worth the wait.
As a spectacle, Wicked is truly outstanding. The sets look as pretty as a picture and the costumes look incredibly lavish with detail that looks immaculately.
All of this enhanced by the choreography which is times to absolute perfection.
But the most stunning part is the performance of the two girls. Emily Tierney’s Glindagives us a spoilt brat gone good and it is a credit to her lightness of touch that she doesn’t come across as completely horrible and rather endearing.
Nikki Davis-Jones playing the role of Elphaba is sublime. Starting off as bookish shy teenager, her transformation into The Wicked Witch of the West is a work of art. There’s one time when she laughs and you feel the shiver down the spine as she recreates Margaret Hamilton’s famous cackle. I dare you to watch the end of act one and not be blown away by the song Defying Gravity.
The story is arguably a little light weight at times but this is more than made up for by the numerous references to the The Wizard of Oz and there’s a joy in seeing the pieces come together. To sum up Wicked in two words. Simply stunning.
Wicked runs until Saturday March 8. For tickets call 0844 871 7652 or visit www.atgtickets.co.uk/miltonkeynes.