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Why I love Wicked

When Wicked played at the Sands Theatre in Singapore, a colleague of mine didn’t hesitate to grab the attention of myself and a few other friends.

She quickly purchased Wicked theatre tickets and the musical proved to be phenomenally Wicked.

With a to-die-for plot, a talented cast and melodic songs that will deeply entrench themselves in your memory, it’s the must-watch musical of the 21st century.

The musical is a parallel story to the 1939 success, the Wizard of Oz, starring Judy Garland. Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel, The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical tells the story of the the Wizard of Oz from the perspective of the witches.

The plot has elements of intrigue, corruption and a very public fall from grace that are guaranteed to capture audience attention. Add rivalry over the same love interest and you have all the ingredients of a successful Broadway musical on the table.

The story focuses on the unlikely friendship between the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, and the Good Witch of the North, Glinda. The opposing views of the witches draw you in immediately and you are left to agree or disagree with their arguments, which, whenever they are put forward, always make complete sense.

First played by Idina Menzel as Elphaba and Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, the current cast is now happily making its world tours.

The cast which performed in Singapore, with Suzi Mathers who took the lead as Glinda and Jemma Rix who played misguided Elphaba. They effortlessly hit the high notes as well as their predecessors.

Both Australian entertainers profess a passionate love of theatre. Hix, who performed at successful engagements, was casted immediately as Elphaba in the Australian run of the show.

Mathers, who played the lead Sophie Sheridan in Mama Mia, delivered her exchanges with Hix, thoughtfully, powerfully and musically.

The melodic debates the ladies generated, in perfect time, sold many tickets.

Songs that stand out from Wicked’s musically striking soundtrack are For Good, a farewell duet between Glinda and Elphaba. A song of friendship, it marks how their feelings towards each other have become more positive towards the end the story.

Another number that provokes thought is No One Mourns the Wicked, which is sung to elicit sympathy for the dead Elphaba. It asks poignant questions that make listeners think about their own tendency to be a little too judgmental of others.

The Sands theatre in Marina Bay, Singapore, added to the atmosphere. Acoustically almost perfect, it captured Mather’s and Hix’s voices and sent them to those sitting at the highest circle seats.

I was seated in one of those seats, where my viewing wasn’t blocked since I was suitably elevated.

In all, the performance of Wicked was a thoroughly mind blowing experience which will be replayed in my mind for a long time.