WICKED in MNL | BroadwayPH


I had always heard of how awesome “Wicked the Musical” is, but I had only known but one song from it which is ‘Defying Gravity’, I was about to go to Bohol (and spend 5 days there), I thought why not stay in the Metro and do random stuff during my supposed ‘single moments’ vacation? So I went online and booked a ticket that is set on February 12.

As soon as you walk into the theater you are greeted with a huge and stunning set. There was a huge dragon (made of metal) placed at the very top center of the stage. The lightings were used appropriately in different ways to emote the setting of each scene.

Wicked is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel – Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s classic story – It is the story of two unlikely friends. Glinda, also known as Good Witch of the South is beautiful, popular and an ever cheerful young woman who gets to have things her way. Glinda was portrayed by Suzie Mathers, alluring and hilarious, I love how she gave life to the character. I enjoyed every second of ‘Popular’ because of her. Elphaba, popular for her moniker as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ is a loner who is selective with her interactions because she is being ostracized for the way she looked and the way she is. Jemma Rix did an AMAZING job in portraying the role, both vocally and visually. Her performance of ‘Defying Gravity’ had everyone stunned into silence before bursting into rapturous applause.

I love how it was written, acted and directed and how the characters developed over time. Packed with witty one-liners that made me laugh, and songs that could be fairly intense. I find it completely believable, their actions, their words – just amazing! I immediately noticed that everyone was having a great time. Everything was so flawless!

‘Wicked’ stresses that one shouldn’t judge the other based on their physical appearance or what happened in a person’s past (such as a traumatic event), and/or on first impressions. She didn’t deserved to be treated with such disrespect (especially by her classmates when she was still in Shiz University). Just like Elphaba, everyone deserves a chance to prove their potential and capabilities.

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