Monday, 5 April 2010
Broadway World Review
Needless to say there have been a number of reviews of Wicked's new cast floating around and I'm pleased to report that the vast majority seem to be very positive and on a number of occasions Rachel is singled out as making the biggest impact. Below is a small extract from a review on Broadwayworld.com:
Rachel Tucker, undoubtedly under the most pressure to prove that she can handle the role of Elphaba from the outset, did just that. She gives an honest and layered performance, visibly putting everything she has into the character. Vocally she tackles the belted notes with ease, comfortably adding her own riffs and style, with Defying Gravity and No Good Deed being the standouts of the evening for me. Her chemistry with Dearman is also very believable and their interactions are a joy to watch. In general she gives an emotional and impressive performance and I have no doubt that she will only get better as time goes on.
It's nice to read these unbiased reviews from fans of the show to back up our own opinions of Wicked's new Elphie. Wicked's best ever Elphie!
As I mentioned in my review I'm a big fan of Dianne Pilkington who used to play Glinda and seeing someone else in the role just doesn't seem right. Noone will ever be as good as her in my opinion but I do agree with the writer of the review at Broadwayworld.com in that Louise did the right thing by not trying to mimic Dianne's interpretation:
Louise Dearman gives us a very different Glinda than fans of Dianne Pilkington will be used to. Personally, I think this is a good thing. While I'm a big fan of Pilkington, to try and mimic such a well-loved actor's interpretation would have been a mistake, and Dearman manages to bring her own personality to the role. There is no doubt that she can manage the role vocally, and at many times is in her element comedically. Diehard fans may miss certain details that Pilkington brought to the character, but Dearman adds her own little touches and as she settles into the role will no doubt add more. While it will take me a little time to stop comparing the two, I very much enjoyed Dearman's performance and can't think of anyone better to have taken over the role.
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