Something WICKED This Way Comes with Yelp London
For a night, Yelp London was feeling wicked.
The classic West End musical was celebrating its 7th year in London (and almost 3,000th show) and they invited some of the best tastemakers in London to a behind-the-scenes tour full of surprises guests, sweets, drinks and one of the best shows in the city.
“The Wizard must have heard my pleas, because a night out visiting and viewing Wicked was at the top of my wish list,” Sean O sang. “Everything about Something WICKED This Way Comes with Yelp was joyous. And getting to meet so many new Yelpers outside the theatre was just the beginning."
Yelpers gathered outside the main entrance of the building, only to be lead through the stage door and right onto the stage. There, waiting for the group, was Louise Dearman, who plays Elpahaba, and Gina Beck, who plays Glinda in the show.
“We got to meet the two actresses playing the witches, who seemed plenty nice” Jihn Shyang Y told us. “It was quite a sight to see them transformed into their respective characters later on in the show. They were almost unrecognisable.”
The two talked to us about their roles in the show and answered a few questions before running off to get ready for the performance (and getting “greened up” for one of them). Although they were both kind of enough to tweet us after the show was over (thanks Gina and Lou!)
Yelpers were then taken on a backstage tour to see the workings of the stage, items and props. “The best part was going through the costumes, because you can really see all the detail, colour, and intricate / quirky designs that go into everything, especially their hats and shoes!” Becky H wrote. “I secretly wanted to try on one of their bubble dresses, but didn't want to get kicked out.”
After the tour, the group was escorted to the private Ambassador’s Lounge filled with champagne, Wicked cupcakes and treats from Choccywoccydoodah. “I was really excited about the show, so I wasn't expecting a back stage tour...and bubbles...and cake...and amazing chocolate...and free drinks!” Josy A exclaimed. “They treated us to prosecco, cupcakes, chocolates and slabs of toffee popcorn covered in creamy milk chocolate. Sugar-rush-joy!”
Finally, the yelpers got the chance to see Wicked, one of London’s most beloved shows, from fantastic seats. Everyone walked off nearly singing, and it was easy to see why.
“This is by far, the best Yelp London event, I have EVER attended. I wish I could give more stars!” Teresa C wrote. “Let me start by saying how AMAZING this night was!!! Many Yelpers in attendance has heard me mention the number of times I have seen the show (never in London though), so for me to be able to walk on a Wicked stage, meet the ladies who play Elphaba and Glinda, see the props and costumes and even touch the Glinda's glitter gown, was out of this world. I still can't believe I was fortunate enough to be selected to attend. This was an unbelievable experience.”
Until next time,
Alex S, Yelp London Community Director