WICKED the Musical stole the hearts of all attendees at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, CA on February 18th. With the infectious songs, the quirky jokes, and a touch of heartbreak, this musical harvests all the qualities of a full-package musical. Wicked the Musical’s first production was in 2003, but the hype has hardly died down.
Whether it’s your first time seeing the musical, or your tenth time, the experience is always different and new. The two leading ladies did an excellent job creating their own personalities for their characters. If you aren’t familiar with Wicked’s storyline, just know that the story revolves around these two incredibly different characters and their journey together. Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) was played by Emily Koch, who added her own semi “tom boy” flair to the character, and the audience found Glinda (aka Glinda the Good) to be extra spunky. Both of the characters absolutely shined throughout the performance, and complemented each other so well.
Equally as lovable were the supporting characters of the show. Without giving too much away about the storyline, I can tell you that there were so many small moments throughout the show that made the production as a whole so flawless. The supporting characters offered so much heartbreak and so much heartfelt moments. From Fiyero teaching us how to “dance through life” and the Wizard showing us that he’s a “sentimental man”, there were moments for every audience member to relate to.
Glinda (left) and Elphaba. Photo courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts.