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Wicked – Palace Theatre,Manchester

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Jones For those who have been living under a shell for the last fifteen years, Wicked, based on Gregory McGuire’s fantasy novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, is a prequel and retelling of The Wizard of Oz but from the viewpoint ...

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Wicked – WMC, Cardiff

Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Gregory Maguire Adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Barbara Michaels Flying monkeys, a huge cast and multi changes of scene – there’s plenty of glitz in Wicked, billed as the prequel to the ever-popular Wizard of Oz and projecting the dark side of the coin.  What could be more ...

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Wicked – The Grand, Leeds

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Reviewer: Ruth Jepson Are people born wicked, or do they have wickedness thrust upon them? Wicked is a musical phenomenon. Since opening in 2006 the show has garnered over 100 major international awards and already been seen by nine million people in London alone. Seemingly ...

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Wicked – Birmingham Hippodrome

Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Nicole Craft With Wicked having won over 100 major international awards, being in its 12th year in the West End, having a second go at a UK tour and possessing an instantly recognisable protagonist thanks to its Wizard of Oz roots, it would be easy to assume everybody ...

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Wicked – Liverpool Empire

Music/Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Book: Winnie Holzman Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Helen Patrick Soaring back to Liverpool on a gravity-defying emerald green wave of popularity, the multi-million-pound mega-musical Wicked delivers on every level, every beat and every minute of its runtime. Adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman from Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, the story looks at the ...

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Wicked – The Lowry, Salford

Book: Winnie Holzman Music and lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Abbie Rippon The Wizard of Oz in his act two number describes himself as ‘Wonderful… They call me wonderful….’ and Wicked really is a wonderful show. The touring production that has flown into The Lowry this week has all of the magic of the West End production; the ...

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Wicked – Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol

Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Music and Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Naomi Stevens The highly acclaimed musical Wicked has arrived in Bristol, as part of its first ever UK tour, with a huge bang. Oh and a dragon, flying monkeys, and witches and wizards aplenty. The green carpet was laid out to ...

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Wicked – Plymouth Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book: Winnie Holzman Based on the novel by: Gregory Maguire Music &Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz Director: Joe Mantello Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett   Wicked is a magical, fantastical show with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat, close to tears, holding your breath and squealing with joy and laughter, often at the same time. Based ...

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