Wicked the Musical: A Review

As much as I love the protagonists and the princesses, I have a predilection for villains. I like their outfits, their hair, their sidekicks, their expressions and their lines. They always get the best lines. So I am ecstatic that someone wrote the perspective of the Wicked Witch of the West. I love a good backstory and Wicked did not disappoint. I have no background of Wicked except for The Wizard of Oz and the Dorothy Must Die series. So I was in for a treat and a surprise. This isn’t the first time Wicked came to Manila, when they came here I was unaware of theater plays and it was too late because they were on their last week already. I just HAD to watch it or else I will never be able to watch it again.
IMG_5641 copy
From all the musicals I’ve watched, Wicked has the best seats. It is also my first time to sit at the balcony area. The stage was beautifully decorated, extravagant and they had a giant dragon on top of the curtains. Wicked is great and they lived up to my expectations. The first song of the musical was magnificent, it was enticing. I felt like I am in the stage, singing too. The first song was No One Mourns the Wicked and that’s my sister’s favorite song from Wicked. All of the songs from Wicked are actually catchy and spectacular. I’ve been listening to Wicked songs long before I’ve seen it.
IMG_9855 copy
Lovely Carly Anderson as Glinda

One of them is the infamous, ‘Defying Gravity’. But my favorite Wicked song is ‘As Long As You’re Mine’. It’s a duet sung by Elphaba and Fiyero. Elphaba was played the marvelous Jacqueline Hughes. I first learned about her when they did a radio interview with her and I was ecstatic and could not stop moving when she talked about Wicked.

Let’s talk about Glinda or Galinda. They could not have found a better person to play her but Kristin Chenoweth (I did not watch the musical with the original cast, the cast is from the London’s West End production). Carly Anderson, who played Glinda did her justice as well. She looked like a Barbie doll in all her outfits and she can sing really, really, really well. Everyone in the musical did a fantastic job. I also cannot stop thinking about Bradley Jaden’s luscious locks. Okay, okay I cannot stop thinking about HIM. He’s so gorgeous. He plays Fiyero and he was born for that job. I’m only sad that he didn’t have too much stage time. I am in love with ‘Dancing Through Life’, that part gets me moving and their choreography is sublime. Scenes like that make me wish that I’ve taken up Theater in college. They ended the first half of the show with Defying Gravity and then there was a 20-minute intermission.
IMG_0170 copy
IMG_6629 copy
The rest was just magical, striking, pure bliss. I wish I could watch them again. I handled my Wicked withdrawal by watching Wicked videos on YouTube and found out that Adam Lambert played Fiyero a few years ago. If given the chance, I’d watch Wicked again. It is now officially one of my top 5 favorite musicals.
I give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!!!!!

Les Miserables Experience

Les Miserables: The Feels and Tears

The Book:

I haven’t read the book yet because I’m still searching for the perfect book cover. I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but this is important to me(please don’t judge me!). But I know the gist of it and most of the characters’ names. I’m also on the hunt for a very old copy of the book.

The Movie: 

The first time I saw Les Mis was back in high school. I got permission from my mother to skip my afternoon classes so I can go with my sister and watch the premiere of Les Miserables. My sister’s college (which is also my college now) hosted a premiere night of Les Mis. Invite everyone, they said. So mom and I sat with other strangers who are most likely friends and families of the students of the college. I sat through the whole movie, tried not to cry during Eponine’s death and Valjean’s death and fantasized Enjolras. After that, I have rewatched Les Mis countless of times and secretly judging my friends who haven’t watched it. I also felt really proud when my friend asked me to narrate the story for him for his class. I had no idea that Hugh Jackman can sing so let me say that he did a terrific job! I love you so much Jean Valjean! The cast was a great ensemble and they all portrayed their characters very well, (hello Thenardiers!) It was such a great movie that it’s one of my top 5 favorite musicals. The movie is quite long but so worth your time.

The Musical:

As a big fan of Les Mis, the moment I heard they were going to perform here in Manila, I was off the roof! Everytime I see their billboard, I would yell and I’d get scolded for surprising my mom while driving. No question, I HAD to go. So I go with my sister and best friend. Courtesy of my papa of course. It was truly a night to remember. All the feels and tears. The ticket price is definitely worth it. We were also very lucky because they were on their last week and they just extended it! I finished my 10pack Instax films in one night. The cast, oh my god, I wish I was up there with them, belting out my rendition of On My Own, my favorite song tied with One Day More. Les Miserables is my number one favorite musical of all time. The actors and actresses were the perfect cast, I especially took a liking to the actress that played my favorite character, Eponine. She was played by Kerrie Anne Greenland and she has her own album. Gosh, she’s one of the best!!

image-3

This was the second international stage musical I have watched, the first one is Singin’ in the Rain and I am madly in love with them both. I also had to hold my tears while watching the tearjerker parts because that’s how good they were but I secretly cried during One Day More. There was also one Filipino actress who played a major character in the musical and can I just say that Rachel Ann Go just raised the bar.

I got my love for Les Miserables when I first watched the movie then add my obsession with Lea Salonga and the rest is history!!! If there’s a musical I could watch everyday without getting tired of it, it would be definitely this.

Details:

-My sister and I bought Official Les Miserables shirt with Cosette’s face on it. Fangirl time!

-My seatmate during the play was very obnoxious! She was chatting on viber during the play and the light was blinding I even had to cover the right side of my face and I was just beyond shocked on how rude she was.

-We met one of my childhood bestfriends and her family on the same night! Amazing!

-I had a major exam the next day at 7am and the play ended at 11pm and I went to bed at 2am.

-I stalked all the casts’ instagram accounts and fangirled at all the photos backstage.

FINAL GRADE: 10/10!!!