Saturday, 2 August 2008

Wicked, The Musical

There were much publicity going around the latest theatre musical that hit the streets of Melbourne, Wicked - The Musical. Local celebrities from high profile actors to well known DJs were invited for the grand opening at Regent Theater at Collins Street.

We drove by the theater by coincidence and saw guests were all dressed up, as if they were meeting the Queen! Males were in top hats, tuxedos, tailcoats and females in nice evening gowns. It was very different from what we have seen so far. Its not like we have been to most of the opening shows, but I don't recall seeing male guests dressed up in top hats and tailcoats.

Went back home, did some search on what all this is about. If my source of information is right, Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Glinda, the Good Wich of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace.

It has broken box office records around the world, holding weekly-gross-takings records in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and London, and the record for biggest opening in the West End - GBP100,000 in the first hour of sale! WOW!

Not to mention the awards the show has won, winner of 20 major awards including the Grammy and 3 Tony Awards. Many claims that Wicked is one of the most successful shows in theater history with productions in North American tour, Tokyo and Stuttgart, on top of the locations I mentioned above.

The reviews we have heard and read were all good. It got us all excited about it as well and the next logical move is simply this. :)

As expected, most of the seats were all sold out 4 weeks in advance. This is the best ticket available within the next 4 weeks. We grabbed it with no hesitation.

Below are some of the images of the show.

1 comment: said...

looks good wei. enjoy urself. i hope these ppl come here someday, or maybe if i am making a trip to melbourne, i should go too :) hahah