MUST SEE - WICKED musical @ MBS, Singapore

A wickedly good show is really what can expect from this long-stay musical currently showing at the Marina Bay Sands. Production values are extremely high (beautiful set, lavish costumes) and the two lead actresses have seriously good voices (and chemistry). The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2003 is based on the Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a prequel of sort to the L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). It follows the unlikely friendship story of Elphaba (Jemma Rix), a misunderstood girl with emerald-green skin and magical power and Galinda (Suzie Mathers), a bubbly Blonde, who may not be as good as she looks. The plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz, and includes lots of delightful references to the original storyline and characters (so better brush up on the Judy Garland’s classic). The Broadway production won three out of its ten Tony Award nominations, and has since then won more awards. The rich plot, funny lines and few draw-dropping, soaring musical numbers (Defying Gravity the end of Act I finale made a lasting impression on me) are what really make this show truly enjoyable and hard to fault. The references to the original story may be hard to follow for younger children though.