Sunday, January 18, 2009

Apollo Victoria

Last night I finally got around to seeing Wicked at the Victoria Apollo. The once 'super cinema' across the street from Victoria Station is probably the finest example of Art Deco theatre design in Britain. No, the green neon wasn't installed for the production, it was Emerald City destiny. The production itself is spectacular. I wondered how the lead witches would stack up to the original Broadway stars, and was not disappointed. Kerry Ellis (Elphaba) has a powerful voice and Dianne Pilkington (Glinda) is sorority-girl perfection. Oddly, in real life, Kerry is blonde (and not green-skinned) and Dianne is dark-haired. Thanks to the magic of wigs, they pull off the transformation.

The flamboyant, underwater-themed interior is described in the theatre program as 'a mermaid's dream.'

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