By: Agatha Tam
Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz brings you the perspective of how the classic story, the Wizard of Oz, came to be. In February 2016, this successful musical became the tenth longest running Broadway show. The production at the Gershwin theater, located in midtown Manhattan, delivers an intricate plot which is at once captivating and thoughtful, and is brought to life by the talented actors and impressive special effects.
This Broadway musical tells the tale of how two unlikely friends, Glinda (the Good Witch of the East) and Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West), crossed paths and ultimately came to be great influences on each other. Starting from the very birth of Elphaba, we see the struggles she faces as an outcast who is constantly shunned by her peers because of her green appearance. She begins to define her identity through major life events as she befriends the popular Glinda, develops a love interest, and seeks to fight the hidden corruptions in the land of Oz. On the other hand, we also see the internal conflict Glinda must come to terms with: Will she sacrifice her popular reputation to stand by her new friend?
Christine Dwyer delivers a convincing performance as the smart, but misunderstood outsider, Elphaba, through powerful vocals and acting. Similarly, Kara Lindsay’s talent as an actress brings Glinda’s personality to life as the bubbly and somewhat shallow girl who eventually becomes a compassionate friend. The cast’s energy, humor, and enthusiasm truly make Wicked pleasure to see. Wicked reveals the complexities of love friendship and trust, in a musical that is insightful, well-orchestrated, and immensely entertaining.