“Wicked’ returns to Singapore direct from a multi record-breaking tour of the UK. Since the musical began 13 years ago, it has won 100 international awards, including three Tony Awards on Broadway and two Olivier Awards in London’s West End. What is the story about? Should I bring my family to watch it? Is it for suitable for kids? Read on!
Set in a spectacular and colourful fantasy world of wizards, witches, magic and spells (the Land of Oz), WICKED tells the story of an unlikely but profound friendship between a popular blonde girl called Glinda and a misunderstood, green-skinned girl named Elphaba. Filled with wonder and enchantments, this musical follows their personal journey from sorcery students to becoming the iconic ‘Glinda The Good’ and the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ from L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. It is a moving story that touches on themes of friendship, acceptance and the power of kindness.
Six Spellbinding Reasons Why You Should Watch “Wicked”:
1. The Cast: I MUST start with this! The cast –from lead to supporting actors and actresses are honestly and truly exceptional. As a family of musical fans, we know quality musical when we watch one and THIS definitely tops all that we’ve watched this year! The acting, the singing, the choreography… all top notch.
2. The Voices: Intricately tied to the cast is the singing and here it is just sensational. We were literally moved by the singing and voice quality particularly of Jacqueline Hughes (who plays Elphaba) and Carly Anderson (who plays Glinda), both of whom have performed this role to critical acclaim internationally. Hughes’ emoting of the whirlwind of conviction, joy, loneliness that Elphaba experiences moves the audience while Anderson, does her interval leaps and melodies in crystal-clear clarity effortlessly. On that note, Hughes’ rendition of ‘Defying Gravity’ was stupendously moving and her duet with Anderson on ‘For Good’ moved many to tears.
3. The Costumes: Not since the Webber’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ have there been a musical with such an opulent and lavish wardrobe of beautiful costumes. All meticulously made right down to the last detail. During the back stage tour, it was revealed that some of these costumes costs are easily in the thousands! What a visual showcase!
4. The Values: “Are people born wicked or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?” These are the opening questions from Glinda that set the tone and direction of the musical. Though fictitious, the struggles and successes that Elphaba and Glinda go through is something we all experience in our real world. Complex and real issues about human bias, ambition, prejudice, and bigotry are juxtaposed with themes of friendship, love, acceptance, integrity and kindness –something we all can identify with in our daily existence.
5. The Stage: Simply spectacular! The stage sets and lighting are something to behold. Frankly, it reminds me of a parallel post-modern whimsical world much like that of the Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka’s. It’s fun with a slightly dark twist.
6. The Sound: I’ve always believed for a complete experience, a live orchestra should always accompany live theatrical productions. Nothing beats hearing the timbre of the music live as we experience the resonance of music blending in with live acting and singing. Hearing one of musical theatre’s greatest blockbuster hits (Grammy award winning too!) ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘For Good’ performed LIVE is simply breathtaking.
In summary, don’t miss this for the world. Not only is this world-class musical at its best, watch it for the values and power of human kindness that are the real magic stronger than any spells.
Question: Is the musical suitable for kids?
Answer: In Singapore, there’s no age limit on the admission (some international sites suggest age 8 and above) but the show does use strobes and lighting effects to add realism to spell-casting scenes and with a rather large dragon fronting the stage (that occasionally lights up its red eyes) to create tension and suspense. Therefore do prep your very young kids (especially those 6 and below) if you wish to bring them. If your children are well-attuned to these loud noises and visual effects (thanks to Harry Potter etc.…) then it would be a real cool treat for them to see ‘dragons’ and spells being cast on stage!
Question: Are there any mature or disturbing content in the musical?
Answer: No. If you don’t consider kissing a mature content – of which there are just 2 or 3 scenes only. After all, central to the plot is a love story. There are no offensive languages, violent fighting or suggestive dancing in the musical.
Question: Are there any ‘occult-ish’ materials since there are spells, witches and wizards?
Answer: Nothing more than what Snow White or Sleeping Beauty would have. No worries. They are pitched at harmless, fairy-tale level.
Question: What other things should I note if I were to bring my young kids? Here are some tips:
- The musical is almost 3 hours long including interval. It starts at 8pm so do prepare for them to be sleeping late. If you are arranging for childcare for your younger kids at home, then do prepare the caregivers that you will be returning home late (around 11.30pm).
- Act 1 is particularly long so don’t depend on interval time to use the washroom…. you may not last that long!
- Invest in a good pair of theatre binoculars (not the bird-watching ones!). It brings the action closer to the kids and helps them appreciate the expression and plot just that that bit more.
- This is a good musical to introduce kids to the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’ story. There are some short and light references to it. Allow them to spot the characters such as the Scarecrow, the Tin man and the Lion.
- Bring them to the orchestra pit and let them name the instruments for you.
- If you sit at the front stalls, take a look towards the back of the theatre and you’ll see some little ‘TV’ screens. Get your kids to guess what those screens are for!
Here are some questions to engage your kids and deepen their appreciation of “Wicked” The Musical:
The themes in the musical lend itself to much room for discussion with our children:
1. Do you think people who look differently from us are necessarily bad? E.g. people of different colour, different status, different abilities? How should we treat others who are different from us?
2. What other fictional ‘green characters’ from TV/Movie/Storybooks that you thought were ‘bad’ or ‘evil’ at first but turned out to be actually kind and good? (Think Shrek and Fiona)
3. Are good-looking people always good? How much should we judge people based on their outward appearance?
4. How do we tell if someone is ‘good’ or ‘wicked’?
5. How should we respond when we are treated badly or ostracized by our friends?
What is “Wicked” all about? How is it linked to the ‘Wizard of Oz’?
“Wicked” is written as a prelude to the famous children’s story ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
It is an inspiring tale that details the life of two young ladies who turned from enemies to friends. There are plenty of online sites that provide very detailed synopses. But if you’re in a hurry or you need to explain the plot in simpler terms to your children, then here’s our simplified version along with some suggested themes for further discussion. Hope it helps! (Copyright to www.lifestinymiracles.com)
Wicked – Act 1
The scene opens where The Wizards of Oz left after the ‘death’ of Elphaba The Ozians (‘People of Oz’) gave thanks to Glinda The Good for helping them get rid of Elphaba (whom they had mistaken as the Wicked Witch of the West). One of the Ozians asked if Glinda knew Elphaba. Glinda started recalling how their friendship started.
It all began with the birth of Elphaba –who was born with green skin to the horror of her governor father. He refused to acknowledge this baby as it was a disgrace (Themes: Biasness and prejudice).
Years later, Elphaba was sent to be chaperone her younger sister, Nessarose at the University. Nessarose was not born green but she was disabled. Glinda met Elphaba for the first time at the University. Due to the colour of her skin, Elphaba was ostracized and ridiculed (bullied) by all her peers but she tried hard not to let it affect her. (Themes: Being unkind, treating people differently, prejudice, stereotypes, bullying).
Due to a mix-up of rooming arrangement, Elphaba was put to room in with Glinda. Elphaba revealed her magical powers accidentally one day and this caught the interest of Mdm. Morrible, a sorcery teacher. Mdm. Morrible volunteered to teach Elphaba sorcery. Glinda was jealous and loathed Elphaba even more. (Theme: Ambition, jealousy).
The students’ history teacher was Dr. Dillamond, a goat. During class, he saw an offensive graffiti and was quite affected. He dismissed his class early. Elphaba stayed behind to console him. Dr. Dillamond shared his concerns about how the animals, who were just as capable as humans, were being treated differently and would soon be denied their freedom to speak. (Themes: Racism, stereotypes, inequality)
The University admits a new student, Fiyero – a flamboyant handsome young prince. Glinda fell in love with him immediately because of his looks. A ‘nerdy’ Munchkin named Boq expressed his liking for Glinda but she dismissed Boq by asking him to care for Nessarose instead. Boq, hoping to win Glinda’s heart one day, did what he was told.
Glinda gave one of her unwanted old witch hat to Elphaba to wear to Fiyero’s party. It was meant as a cruel joke but Elphaba innocently wore it to the party. During the party, Mdm Morrible gave Glinda a wand and said that Glinda has been admitted into her sorcery class on request from Elphaba. Glinda was moved and shared a dance with Elphaba. Later back in their dorm, both of them started to chat and their friendship blossomed. Glinda offered to teach Elphaba how to be popular and fashionable.
During history lesson, the students witnessed how Dr. Dillamond was removed by the Guards as animals were no longer allowed to be teachers. Fiyero and Elphaba started to develop affection for each other and they rescued a lion cub from abuse. (Note: The lion cub will become the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz).
Mdm. Morrible told Elphaba that she was invited to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz. Elphaba was ecstatic as it was her dream to meet the Wizard! She invited Glinda to go along with her.
At the meeting with the Wizard, Elphaba was disappointed to discover that the Wizard actually did not possess any magical powers and that the Wizard and Mdm. Morrible were the ones behind the plot to stop animals from talking. (Theme: Greed, ambition and dishonesty).
Elphaba tried to make things right but failed. She tried to escape. The Wizard and Mdm Morrible convinced the Ozians that Elphaba was wicked and gave her the name – ‘The Wicked Witch of the West’. Elphaba used her ability to cast a spell that enabled her to fly off ‘Defying Gravity’. Glinda stayed behind with the Wizard as they promised her fame and popularity. (Theme: Integrity, moral courage, and greed).
Wicked – Act 2
Glinda announced her surprise engagement to Fiyero, who was now the Captain of the Guards. Fiyero was confused as he had begun to fall in love with Elphaba but not Glinda.
Elphaba went home to look for her sister Nessarose and was told their father had died from the shame caused by Elphaba who was now known as the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’. Trying to make amends, Elphaba cast a spell to make Nessarose walk. When she succeeded, Nessarose was overjoyed as she thought Boq will finally love her now but surprisingly Boq, told her the truth that he only loved Glinda. Nessarose was devastated and cast a spell for Boq to have a change of heart. The spell backfired and started to shrink Boq’s heart instead! Elphaba tried to help save Boq’s life. She cast a spell that turned him into a tin man. Nessarose accused Elphaba of creating this huge mess.
Meanwhile, Elphaba returned to confront the Wizard of Oz. When Elphaba saw what the Wizard has done to Dr. Dillamond, she renewed her determination to kick the Wizard away from Oz. Just then, Glinda and Fiyero appeared and Fiyero saved Elphaba from the Wizard. In the forest, Fiyero and Elphaba shared their feelings for each another (Themes: Love and acceptance).
Mdm Morrible and the Wizard devised a plan to lure Elphaba out. Morrible creates a huge storm that caused a house (Dorothy’s house from the Wizard of Oz) to collapse on Nessarose, killing her but not before bringing Elphaba out from hiding in a bid to save her sister.
Glinda went to the cornfield (where she gave directions to Dorothy to go down the Yellow-brick road) to inspect the damage. She met Elphaba and was affected by the mess this whole situation has created. Glinda had a change of heart. Fiyero appeared and while trying save Elphaba from the guards, was captured and tortured. Elphaba cast a spell to protect him. The spell turned him into the scarecrow. Elphaba escaped.
Back at her hideout, Glinda visited Elphaba. Both of them bury the hatchet and pledged to make things right. As the guards turned up to capture Elphaba, Elphaba hid Glinda and ‘melted’ into a puddle as Dorothy splashed water on her. Glinda was devastated but that strengthened her will to choose to do what is right. She revealed to the Ozians about the true colours of the Wizard and Morrible and had Morrible captured as the wizard fled. But not before the Wizard discovering, to his anguish, that Elphaba was actually his biological daughter. (Themes: Moral courage and forgiveness).
Finale: Unknown to Glinda, Elphaba emerged from her ‘death’ to reunite with Fiyero, who was now the Scarecrow. Glinda was now in charge of Oz and known as Glinda the Good. The story ends.
WICKED – THE MUSICAL
Show Dates: Thu, 29 September 2016 to Sun, 20 November 2016
Tue – Fri: 8pm
Sat: 2pm & 8pm
Sun: 1pm & 6pm
Venue: Grand Theatre, MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands
Tickets from SGD55 and up can be purchased from Sistic Website, Sistic Hotline +65 6348 5555 or Sistic Authorised Agents.
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Simon Harding says
What a super article on what, I agree, is a BRILLIANT show. Lots of really good, detailed info for families thinking of bringing their children. I’ve already shared it on our social profiles here in England. Thank you
Thanks for your affirmation Simon. Glad it helped. Thanks for dropping-by!
Lyn Lee says
Great comprehensive review, and super helpful as always!
Now you got me wondering about what those TV screens at the back of the theatre are – are they prompters for the cast?
Haha….the TV screens are a way for the cast to see the conductor and to sing on cue. With a large casts in musicals these days, technology has to step in. It’s also in B&W so that in darkness, the colours don’t distract.
Thank you for the very detailed write-up! I can’t wait till my kids are older to bring them for these plays. 🙂 Thank you also for giving an age recommendation for the show. It is very helpful!
I love love love wicked and it’s story line. The first time I watched it was in London during my honeymoon and I had such a lovely experience. I am contemplating catching it again in Singapore and your post just sealed the deal for me.
Pooja Kawatra says
We find it quite nice and went along with my kids to watch it, just that the show was a bit longer than expected for kids.
Debs G says
Lovely write up and comprehensive parental review! I’d also add a side note for parents who want to encourage their kids to read about the story: stick to the original Frank Baum ‘Oz’ series which is kid-friendly, as the ‘Wicked’ novel is more suitable for young adults and has very mature content.
Lup Wai says
Very detailed write-up and is really really useful for parents especially, with tips on how to get kids put on the thinking cap as well! Great article! *thumbs up*
Wicked is surely one spectacular show!! Must-watch I would say. During the media backstage tour, I think I saw you. Next time will surely say hi too. 🙂
Wicked, like Les Mis, is one play that I hope I can find time to catch! Thank u so much for the detailed breakdown, when the kids are slightly older, i am sure they can all relate to these human natures they were portraying
Ai Sakura says
Watched it in its home theatre in London and it was absolutely smashing!! Sad we can’t find time to go this round while they are here but hopefully they will be back again soon 🙂
Ai @ Sakura Haruka
Jazry Chan says
I want to watch wif my bestie! She’s been jio-ing me but I was put off by the ticket price!
I would love to watch Wicked as it is a world-class musical and imparts great and meaningful values! Will bring along my sis for a girls day out together!
Tan Ruoling joanna says
Love to bring my Daughter along to watch! She love watching plays and goes to movies with me too! Both of us love fairies and witches and everything magical! I always wanted watch Wicked but on tight budget as I am a stay at home mum! Hope to win this as a belated birthday present for myself and have a mummy daughter time !
Aileen Chin says
I love musicals and I hope to cultivate the same interest to my kids. I’ll like to bring my elder Daughter to the musical to enjoy this with me
I would love to watch wicked with my eldest Son as I want to expose him to things outside of academic.
Mandy Goh says
Wish to be able to catch this with hubby.
I want to watch with my girl. She loves musical show like me. Wicked will be the 1st musical stage show for her if I win 🙂
Theresa tay says
would love to go for Wicked with hubby as we had heard rave reviews about the show and wanna catch it before it is gone. Both of us love watching musicals especially the good ones with nice stage setup and casts!
Tricia Ng says
I wish to bring my sis to watch this musical with me as after she give birth and become a sahm, she did not have her “me time” anymore and she been telling me she is intested to watch this musical.
Xiao Wei says
I want to watch it with my Husband. We loved musical but could afford due to the steep ticket price. (money could be well spend on our two little ones)
Sincerely hoped to win it!!! We will be crazy over and enjoy ourself.
Thanks for the amazing review! The show sounds very captivating!
I would love to watch it with my family, especially my daughter who is currently preparing for her school musical. This will definitely inspire her!
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Ruby Lee says
Due to time constrain ( full time looking after the kids without helper), I haven’t been to any of these marvelous musicals.. hope to win, so that I can enjoy the musical with my dearest hubs.
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Valery Sim says
Oh my thank you so much for this insightful writeup on the WICKED show. Really makes me and my children tempted to watch it right now!
I love to bring my children to watch this show as we always enjoy fantasy stories! It will be our first time watching such musical, hope we can win to fulfill it as early Christmas gift for my kids:)
Khor Lee Ling says
Hope to watch together with my children as we are musical lover!
Reamy Garcia says
Reamy/ [email protected]. Music, Arts and Drama are one of my “stress-buster” and based on your awesome review I’m totally convinced that it’s indeed a Must-See Theater Play of the year. Would love to bring my BFF Anna, who’s an active member of the performing Arts, for she always have this valuable reviews and commentaries after we watched a certain play.
pam wong says
Read the brochure with my 2 kids and they hope to watch it. Hope to win this and go with my husband and 2 kids!
Great detail review!
I’d like to watch it with my 10 year old.
I will like to bring my 6 year old daughter to watch it as she’s very into musical lately. We got the CD n she can sing like most of the songs! It’s be a great birthday day for her as the dates are just so timely!
Caroline kong says
I love musical and so do my hubby. Its a great way to bond for us because we always find ourselves immersed into the characters. Watching musicals also make us feel relaxed and destress.
Love love muscials since my schooling days and my girl has caught on my fire for them! It would be a great bonding session for us and I’m pretty sure when Elphaba sings Defying Gravity, My girl will be singing at the top of her lungs with her!
really hope to be lucky with this one!! Thanks!!!
Tan huixiu Adeline says
Wicked is a must watch musical. Hope to watch it with my hubby and my sis where we love watching musical.
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Tan Ee Tze says
Would like to win this giveaway to bring my daughter to watch the play.
Kate lee says
My husband love musical as much as music, for me I have never been to a concert nor musical before. It would be a great experience for me if I win.
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I want to go on a “watch play” date with my hubby.
Winston Choo Hong tat says
Question : Why do i want to win tickets to watch ‘Wicked’ ??
Answer : I want to win ticket to watch Wicked because I had hear great raves and review regarding this musicial and once i know it will be played in Singapore I had very eagerly wanted to get ticket to watch this musicial but due to some reason I can’t so I hope to be able to watch this amazing and awesome show before it end !!!
who will you bring along if you win?
Answer : I will bring my other half quek Beehong as we both met and fall in love with each other on our first meet at the theatre for some musical so I like to experience that feeling again ~
Sophia Ang says
I want to have a wicked good time feasting my senses at Wicked the Musical with my sister! ?
Wong Oi Lin says
I want to win this with my hubby Joseph Lim as we love to watch musicals and this show is awesome!
I would love to win tickets to WICKED as a treat for my kid who has requested to go watch the show after seeing the TV advertisement for it. Hope to win!
Candy tan says
I love to expose my kids to musical more so the will appreciate it. Prove them wrong when they musical is boring. Musical can also be very happening…..just like this one!
Geraldine Lim says
I want to win tickets to watch ‘Wicked’ with my gal as she love musical show.
Joseph Lim says
Hope to watch this musical play with my wife, I heard this show is great from my friends who watched in London.
Michelle GohOng says
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Every year I will see the advertisement for Wicked on TV but I failed to bring myself to see it for so many years.
So this year if I could be so lucky to win this pair of tickets, it will be such a treat for my hubby and I. We have not been to any musical before.
Jiang Meiru says
My hubby and I love musicals and it would be a magical (rare) date night for us, especially before our baby arrives! 🙂
ps. I already can’t stop singing defying gravity after reading his post! -sings- “Bring me down… to the Grand Theatre at MBS!”
Rachel Goh says
I would love to watch Wicked because I love their songs and have always wanted to watch it! Would love to bring my husband, who is also a musical fan, along 🙂
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Ashley Tan says
I would love to bring my mom to watch the show as she has never watch any musical performance before and ‘Wicked’ should be the first ever musical show that’s definitely an eye opener!
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I know this muscial is great! Had been hoping to win this tickets but always missed it! Hope this time i can win this and watch it with my husband to be ☺
Love musical, would like to win and introduce my girl to musical.
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Would like to go to the musical with my husband. It been a long time since I attend a musical concert without my kids around. Would be great to reminisce the good old days with my husband
Louis Lee says
I’ve not watch Wicked before but have heard rave reviews about it from friends and relatives! Would love to watch it with my wife!
Zhen Hui Koh says
My daughter love musical. Wish to bring her to reward her after her hardworking on PSLE exam. Thank you.
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Vallerie Lim says
one of my fave musical ever! love to see it again 🙂
Toh lay hoon says
Hope to bring my boy to watch musical after his exam rest & relax and celebrate my birthday together.
My daughter and hubby share the same birthday month. It would be a nice treat for them to watch it together. They both love musicals. Hope to win the giveaway.
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Tina Tan says
I have heard a lot about the Wicked Musical but I did not have a chance to watch it. I hope to win tickets and go with my musical buddy, my daughter, to watch with me.
Neo Catherine says
I want to win tickets to watch Wicked The Musical with my mum because it’s been ages since our last musical outing together and we currently do not have the extra budget to get tickets for the musical. So we are crossing our fingers to win a night out at the theater!
Steven Neo says
Wicked the Musical is a fun musical and I had the honor of watching it once more than ten years ago. I hope to be able to have another rare chance to catch it again, and I would bring my mum to watch it as she is a big musical fan just like me 🙂
Andy Neo says
I love the story behind ‘wicked’ and i definitely will bring my mum along as she loves all musicals!!
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ashmika jain says
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I hope to be bless to celebrate my 10 yrs old angel’s Birthday who love theater show & always amazed & mesmerized at the Wicked the Musical posters. It will be definitely be a best surprise for her.
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Would love to watch this musical show with my mother!
Koh Hock Guan says
I want to win tickets to watch “Wicked” because would like to bing along my niece for an “Wicked” time together
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Andrew lim says
Heard rave reviews about Wicked and hope to surprise my wife by bringing her for the musical. Belated birthday pressie heh ?