Last week, me, Huff the Hubs and my sister BB went to Dallas to see Wicked. I was going to post a full review about it on Monday, but it was too hectic a day to focus on blogging. Anyway, back to Wicked.
If I had to describe the show in one word it would be: awesofabusupertacular! Yes, I know that’s a made up word, but I don’t care! I can’t use just one word! Why was it so awesofabusupertacular? I’ll tell you.
1. The story is very unlike all the other Oz stories out there.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Judy Garland’s Oz. We watched it all the time as kids. I could probably quote the movie, line for line. I also know the Mayor of Munchkin City’s monologue. Huff the Hubs loves Return to Oz… I’m not a fan. Its like an acid trip with tornadoes. And recently, we saw Oz: The Great and Powerful. Which, was good and had a very original story. Wicked on the other hand tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West from birth to that nasty incident with Dorothy. I love prequels that tell why a “villain” is the way he/she is. (This is why I loved Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince so much.)
2. The actors were amazing.
The original cast members were Idina Menzel (Elphaba) and Kristin Chenoweth (Galinda). The woman that played Galinda was really channeling her inner Chenoweth. She did a superb job! She was just the right amount of perky and annoying. Elphaba, to me and my crew, actually reminded us a lot of Amy Farrah-Fowler. She was believably awkward and endearing.
3. The music.
Isn’t this why we go to musicals? The music! You don’t go see Grease just to look at the boufont hairdos! You go to hear Summer Lovin’ and Stranded at the Drive-In! The songs from Wicked were no exception. My favorite? Defying Gravity. Huff the hubs really liked the one Galinda sings about being popular. (I think he just liked listening to the cute blonde sing!)
4. The message.
This kind of goes a long with #1, but I think deserves to be talked about separately In the musical, Elphaba is a very passionate girl that cares about family, friends, and the way others are treated. Especially when they’re treated with less love and respect than others. But no one pays attention to her good qualities because all everyone can see is the green hue of her skin. I just felt like I related to Elphaba on many levels, but also to Galinda in some ways. Galinda works hard to make others think she’s “good” but doesn’t really know the meaning of true friendship or standing up for someone/something until she meets Elphaba. I’ve had friends like that; those that have shown me what true love and loyalty are just by being in my life.
So would I recommend Wicked? You bet your pointy hat (and your dog too!) that I would! For my Oklahoma peeps: I believe its coming to the Civic Center this September! You’ve got to go! (We didn’t realize that until after we bought our tickets for Dallas. But I figured, Eh, I’ll be giving birth. I don’t think I’d want to sit through a musical going through contractions.)