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English accents spoil Wicked musical experience a little

Maybe my expectations were just too high. I had first seen ‘Wicked’ in the Apollo Victoria Palace Theatre in London three years ago, and like so many all across the world, was mesmerised by the story and especially the stirring and uplifting music.

I’ve had my tickets booked since August, when I heard this show was coming to Dublin. From the beginning, the wonderful music that the show is famous for, were slowly corrupted, or in the case of “Dancing through Life” badly transformed by public school accents.

Usually accents enhance a storyline, but clearly, not when it comes to singing.

I know its a mostly English cast, but I suppose the crux is not to tinker with such a winning formula, which has broken records and captivated minds, since its original inception in San Francisco in May’ 2003.

Maybe I’m nit picking. The set and costumes were great, and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. was a fine venue as ever.

Who couldn’t fail to be enthralled by this musical adaptation of Gregory MaGuire’s 1995 novel Wicked: “The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West”.

You certainly get your money’ worth. Its nearly three hours long, with a twenty minute interval. Some say its over-rated, but I disagree.

Its magical, when presented correctly. I had tickets booked again for December 23rd, but within the first ten minutes, I knew I wouldn’t be availing of them!

Where: Bord Gais Energy Theatre
What: WICKED, the musical.
When: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013.

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