In 2003, Broadway witnessed the arrival of a musical sensation, Wicked, starring the formidable duo of Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth. This production swiftly ascended to the echelons of Broadway legends, capturing three Tony Awards and a Grammy for its captivating soundtrack. Wicked is currently touring Australia with Courtney Monsma and Sheridan Adams in the leading roles.
The allure of Wicked extended far beyond the bright lights of Broadway, enchanting audiences globally and being adapted into six languages. This retrospective delves into the heart of Wicked – its compelling musical numbers. While some tunes might not feature here, the focus remains on the pivotal songs that define this musical masterpiece.
‘No One Mourns the Wicked’ sets the stage, immediately immersing the audience in a realm of celebration. The demise of the Wicked Witch of the West by Dorothy’s hand sparks a day of jubilation, echoing the sentiment that no tears are shed for the wicked, a theme underscored by Glinda the Good Witch.
‘The Wizard and I’ offers a glimpse into Elphaba’s true essence. Despite her father’s disdain, she harbours grand ambitions and yearns for a life beyond her upbringing’s confines.
‘What Is This Feeling?’ masterfully encapsulates the quintessential bad roommate experience. This number not only introduces Galinda and Elphaba but vividly portrays their mutual disdain.
In ‘Dancing Through Life’ the audience meets the charming Fiyero, who swiftly captivates Galinda’s heart. This full-cast performance weaves together a tapestry of life-altering moments for the characters within a single musical sequence.
‘Popular’, perhaps one of the show’s most renowned songs, showcases Galinda’s attempt to transform Elphaba. Although the makeover doesn’t quite take, it serves as a catalyst for their budding friendship.
‘I’m Not That Girl’ reveals Elphaba’s internal conflict. She outwardly dismisses her desire for acceptance and love, but this song unveils her deep yearning for companionship and the pain she feels watching Galinda and Fiyero’s relationship flourish.
Finally, ‘One Short Day’ follows Glinda and Elphaba’s journey to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard. What begins as an exciting adventure evolves into a pivotal moment of truth, as they uncover the Wizard’s deceit and his intentions for Elphaba.
Through these songs, Wicked weaves a narrative of intrigue, friendship, and self-discovery, cementing its status as a timeless Broadway classic.