A Wicked Night Out

The latest big Broadway musical to hit Perth opened last night. I took my beautiful daughter, Emily, off to Perth’s opening night of the Australian production of Wicked at the Burswood Entertainment Complex. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with a magnificent show and wonderful company.

If you haven’t heard much about it the show gives a bit of the back story to the Wizard of Oz. It’s promoted as the untold story of the witches of Oz.

Wicked is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The story is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, a parallel novel of the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and L. Frank Baum’s classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz. – Wiki

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I’m now a bit of a fan. The sets and lighting are incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show with such elaborate and interesting sets. The live musicians, big voices and Stephen Schwartz’s music make it wonderful as a pure musical but the acting of the excellent cast just keeps drawing you in to the story.

I really didn’t expect it would be so funny. If you’re not into musicals, you’ll love it just for the comedy. Perth performer Lucy Durack played the ditzy Glinda to perfection and her comic timing was brilliant.

I’ve been to a few shows that I’ve absolutely loved but have still appreciated intermission for a bit of a break. I must say that when intermission arrived last night I would have been quite happy for the show to just roll on. I wanted to know what would happen next. It’s no wonder that Wicked has broken box office records around the world.

Wicked provided a wonderful evening out and a great excuse for a magnificent dad and daughter date.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

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  • I Loved it when I went – which was over 2 years ago now! I really wanted to see it again before it left Sydney, but I didn’t have the time or the money.

    However, I made sure that my sister went when the show was in Adelaide. She loved it too.

    And the ozmopolitans were a cute idea! (did they have them in Perth?)

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