The Ongoing Wicked Discussion Thread
Posted 29 August 2013 - 06:59 PM
We've already had enough people being concerned with Willemijn not being British, and now everyone's too focused on her age. I just think it's best to not judge until you've seen her
Planned: Once (London)
Posted 29 August 2013 - 07:32 PM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 09:24 PM
Posted 29 August 2013 - 10:56 PM
Posted 30 August 2013 - 06:07 AM
Posted 30 August 2013 - 11:33 AM
Hardly anyone's going to know who she is, to be fair. Except I know a few of her German and Dutch fans are going for her opening night, but still.
EDIT: There was a "20 years of musicals" thing going on in Scheveningen, The Netherlands today, and Willemijn flew from Germany to slip back into the green for a few hours.
Planned: Once (London)
Posted 02 September 2013 - 07:21 PM
Posted 02 September 2013 - 09:29 PM
I saw that but I doubt it's true after reading other tweets from that account!
Posted 05 September 2013 - 12:05 PM
Having said that, the performance/portrayal wasn't particularly memorable, and aside from a pleasantly surprising ending to NGD (easily her best/most confident song), I wouldn't be rushing back just to see her. Unlike some other understudies who I prefer to the leads (Amy Webb, Ghost; Nikki Davis-Jones, Wicked). But this is probably to be expected from someone second in line to the (green) throne.
I still adore Gina, since I first saw her in POTO. Since I last saw Wicked a year ago, Gina seems to have honed Dianne Pilkington exponentially more and from my distant seat in the circle - and especially with Harriet Thorpe on, hello 2009 - I could have easily assumed it was Dianne back for one night only. This is by no means a bad thing, Dianne's Glinda is hilarious, and Gina has a lovely voice, but it was amusing to note.
The low point was without a doubt Ben Freeman. I hope he is the last in a line of poor, untalented, D-list soap star stunt casts that we'll see in this role. I know nobody will ever compare to Oli for vocals and in his defence, Ben had a strong enough voice and could hold a tune, but he swallowed every single line of dialogue. Everything was said into the ground, nothing was projected, and I couldn't tell a single word he said. He had chosen to adopt a bizarre attempt at a posh-boy (I think?!) accent, which is fair enough, although poorly executed - but he spoke at such a mumbling rate that I could feel the audience were losing what he was saying. One of his lines in the lion cub scene that always gets a laugh fell completely flat. I didn't care for his chemistry - or lack thereof - with either Gina or Michelle, and it made me almost wish Lewis (Bradley) was on the stage instead... bless his little blond cotton socks.
The front of the circle was very empty - surprised me. The back half seemed pretty full. Couldn't see the stalls from where I was. But I was glad to move forward into one of the empty seats at the interval and enjoyed the insane dramatics of Act 2 very much. Everyone was on one during Wicked Witch of the East - I usually see Nessa overacting that to the extreme, but I loved KRJ, having never seen her before. Everyone else seemed to be meeting the overacting quota instead - as my partner in crime for the evening said: this is the most dramatic WWotE scene ever!
Harriet Thorpe was my star for the evening. She is my most-seen Morrible and it really was a blast from the past to have her back. Looking forward to a spot of NDJ on the tour and I'll certainly be catching Willemijn a few months into the run. I like to give the new cast chance to settle in...
Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:18 PM
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