At the ripe age of 28 years old, I went to my first ever musical.
Growing up, we went to see pantomimes and I now know the difference between the two and there are many!
We arrived at Crown Casino a little early to give ourselves time to have food first at The Merrywell.
As soon as we had finished, we went across the way to the theatre.
The lobby was busy was people scrambling around the bar to grab a quick drink before the show. We went straight upstairs before Ms. H and I had to go back downstairs to the toilets.
We noticed the cash only sign at the bars upstairs, no signs were displayed down stairs so we thought it best to get a drink and met the guys upstairs.
As we approached, we noticed they had the same idea and bought us a drink also. We bought the drinks at two different bars…can you tell the difference? I found this very strange as both were $9 and both in the theatre.
We took our seats and were quite centrally located. The first half of the show was fantastic, it was clear to see who the main characters we and why they had their roles.
Wicked is the backstory behind The Wizard of Oz’s Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the green girl that becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.
Ga-linda (as she called herself to begin with) was a ditzy happy character who brought entertainment and laughs to the crowd, where as Elphaba seemed to be the unfortunate character who had a heart of gold but things never went to plan.
I have so much admiration for the cast of the show who made me feel like I was there on opening night! My favourite song on the night was the spine tickling rendition of Defying Gravity and have since found myself humming the tune of the song. Their enthusiasm and performance was astounding, I don’t know how they have the energy to do two shows a day.
The second half of the show seemed a little shorter but I was happy about that as I was fighting to stay away. The show is fantastic but very long, it is 2hours 45minutes with a 10minute interval.
Overall, the story was a sad one. It may be a good idea to watch The Wizard of Oz before seeing the show as some of the jokes are related to the 1939 original.
The show incorporates music, dance, fantastic costumes and a little comedy..definitely worth a trip if you are a fan of a good musical! To view ticket options, visit the website.
Thanks for reading! ♡