Originally published on London Box Office
In my mind, a show like Wicked needs no introduction; it’s hard to imagine walking through London Victoria without seeing the eye-catching green signs adorning the Apollo Victoria Theatre. After winning over 100 international awards and defining the careers of many musical theatre performers, I have to remind myself that Wicked has only been around for 9 years. But like any musical, it often goes through cast changes to keep the performances fresh. So I went along to watch this spectacle once again but now with a new leading lady playing the green witch Elphaba herself. The previous star Willemijn Verkaik, having played the role around the world for 7 years, left the show early for medical reasons and for a limited time has been replaced by Kerry Ellis. Ellis previously played Elphaba in 2006, taking over from the role’s creator (and arguably most famous star) Idina Menzel. So, with a famous musical theatre name back on stage, my expectations for the show were at their highest. I was not disappointed.