A stonemason or a delivery boy; a cocktail waitress or a trucker. Whether they be a housewife or factory worker or retiree, the ordinary man is often overlooked. Working is a musical for the layperson, a window into the thoughts of the everyday 1970s American, as interviewed by Studs Terkel in his book of the same name. The beauty of Luke Sheppard’s production is that it loses none of its grass roots charm. As a musical narrative, Stephen Schwartz’s adaptation is found wanting; as a collection of memories and experiences reminding us of the masses that keep the world turning, it’s a complete triumph.
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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having played the role around the world for 7 years, left the show early for medical reasons and for a limited time has been replaced by Kerry Ellis.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.