Bring the sickbag
It is a curious start to a show when the main character
first appears as a foam-rubber baby delivered by
a midwife resembling a goat in a smock.
But so begins Wicked, a revisionist history of
The Wizard of Oz in which the Wicked Witch of the
East* is a virtuous animal rights activist smeared
by an authoritarian state. High concept at this
sounds, it is really only window dressing for a
slickly produced love story designed to catch audiences
in search of high production values and a few belting
It will be a crowd-pleaser, but anyone with less
than a passing acquaintance with Dorothy will frequently
reach for the sickbag.
Idina Menzel is the green-skinned Elphaba, a swot
whose friendship with the prom queen is tested when
she is branded a villain. The two must also eventually
deal with the arrival of a little girl from Kansas.
*Yes, I know it says East and not West, I'm
just copying what the paper printed!