WICKED : Review

4.5 Stars by Hannah Razay

WICKED: The Untold Story of the Witches of OZ, is a musical performance by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus at the National Theatre, St Kilda from the 19 – 27 of January 2018.

The theatre was sold out with audience members, the majority of which were young kids, decked out in costumes and Wizard of Oz memorabilia. The production itself was visually spectacular with an array of sets and costumes, while the vocals of the cast were outstanding alongside the full orchestra.

WICKED cast age range from 10-21 year olds and is the first all youth production in Australia. Jasmine Arthur as Glinda is 18 while Kara Sims as Elphaba is 19 and she performs all the evening  shows for the season. There were a total cast of 114 on stage and an all youth orchestra of 20 musicians.

The production, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, explores the relationship between Glinda who becomes known as the ‘good witch’ and Elphaba who becomes known as the ‘wicked witch of the west’.

Glinda and Elphaba first met at sorcery school at Shiz University. Following an encounter with the Wizard of Oz, they reached a crossroad and their lives took different paths. Glinda’s desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself will have an unexpected consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destiny.

Overall the musical was pulled off flawlessly by the Young Australian Broadway Chorus. Following on from 2017’s sell-out season of SHREK the Musical Jr. and many other successful shows in the Musicals for Young People series, WICKED was the Young Australian Broadway Chorus’ most ambitious project to date, with a full orchestra, spectacular sets and costumes, and an extraordinary young cast.

 

Images: Supplied

 

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