Extraordinarily successful musical play has been running
since 2006 and still going strong. It has the kind of
popularity that has superceded some yawn reviews by
serious critics who tended to damn it with faint praise.
It has almost a potter-cultish popularity. The children
and very young adults flock to it and apparently know
the play intimately so have apparently been before. In
addition the choreography thing is more important to
adults and has become a part of the hollywood style of
musical. I remember thinking that all that dancing just
got in the way of the story as a child.- and was only
there because the grown-ups expected it. Different as
it is now supposed to be, the popularity of Harry Potter
was similar to the Enid Blyton of the 40s. Mystery,
adventure, and tight knit friendship was the base if
Did the famous Five bang on about boyfriends and
kissing? No. Are we going to get the Lord of the Rings
musical? Yet in the 30s for 30 years Enid Blyton was
actually banned by the BBC on the grounds of
'mediocrity' whereas children loved them and still do.
Barbara Cartland took the formula and applied it to
romance with almost equal success - adding the kissing
to wave hello to that time when dancing gets to be very
Can ANYthing be a musical? No. The Lord of the Rings
made itself a silly waste of millions using the same old
formula that has worked countless times in Hollywood.
(now They are trying it out in Germany where Wagner made
operas about the same story) - they might find that the
Germans get the dancing orcs but even the Canadians -
not generally on top of the humour tree were "bored of
the Rings". I bet they could make back some of their
losses by leaving the choreographer in Hollywood.
Back to Wicked - I believe that the children who adore
Wicked, are teaching the box office gamblers something.
To prove the theory even further - google up "a Very
Potter Musical" and see the youTube of how it turned out
to be a laughable parody -especially the dancing - made
Wicked is also a sensational spectacle of magic and
light and fancy clothes that is well worth the trip.
Moreover it was apparently helped along by massive
sharing of recorded clips on Twitter and Facebok. Even
the threat to "ban the fan" from future performances if
caught (yeah right) fueled the fervour and proved more
effective than the legally rubberstamped marketing.
There's another moral in there somewhere.
In the land of OZ two young girls grow up as friends.
One has an emerald green skin and she has plenty of
character and is very clever. Her friend Glinda is the
pretty one who is enormously popular. How they turn out
to be the good and wicked witches is the story behind
many a story. All the symbolism of good and evil is well
Many of the top critics dismissed it as having anything
deep to chew on - however the transition of young girls
to witches is clearly fascinating and has much to
consider. It's nice to have a safe-to-go-to show just
opposite a mainline station.