For the past couple of years, I have celebrated my birthday by doing a show in London with my mum. This year we were joined by my brother, Steve (who has a birthday 6 days later) and his wife Sue.
This year’s show was Wicked, which tells the story of the Wizard of Oz from the witches’ point of view – in particular the "Wicked" witch Elphaba.
I am sure I will soon hear some dissent on this, but I felt the show was a little lacking in memorable tunes – with the notable exception of a couple of show-stopping numbers – "Defying Gravity" and "I’m Not That Girl". Otherwise, I found the songs perfectly acceptable, but relatively forgettable, showtunes – nothing that would have me singing on exiting the theatre.
Despite this, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Of the two songs mentioned above, "Defying Gravity" was excellently staged, and a brilliant end to the first act. My favourite song of the show was "I’m Not That Girl", together with its reprise in the second act.