Last week I had the opportunity to take my mother in-law up on the most fabulous offer!She called me up and said, would you like to join us to see "Wicked" this Sunday. Well, I can tell you saying YES to that offer was one of the best things I did all week! (how interesting, I just looked at the word "mother in-law" for the first time – it means me “mother” by law. So you get married and you get a new mom according to the law. How interesting.)
Wicked is a musical which reveals the untold story of the witches from the Wizard of Oz. It turns out that Glinda (the good witch) was actually once a friend of The Wicked Witch of the West. As the audience gets a glimpse behind the scenes of the story we all know and love, it become very clear that perhaps the movie was only part of the picture. Without giving too much away, the story begins when we meet a young Glinda “the good” (think Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blond) and her arch nemesis “Alphaba” (the soon to be Wicked Witch of the West). If you think back, what is one of the distinctly unique qualities of the Wicked Witch of the West? If you said, she was GREEN then you are right on track. Just ask yourself, what would life be like born green?! (we all know what Kermit has to say about that – it’s not easy!)
Being a green kid in school is kinda crummy and when we get to know Alphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) we see while she is green, she is also bright, together, talented and just plain misunderstood. If you show up moody, blue, annoyed or stressed, I promise, you will forget your concerns and be infused with delight and inspired by the colorful set, powerful music, intriguing characters and the inside jokes for those of us who have seen the Wizard of Oz. They do a great job of playing with the audience who is only familiar with Dorothy’s side of the story. Some of my favorite W of Oz references include the comment about “that farm girl, taking shoes off of a dead person! Was she born in a barn?” and the comment to Glinda that not everyone is not so fortunate to come and go “by bubble!”.
With songs like “Dancing through Life” and “I Defy Gravity!” I floated between giddy and on the verge of tears for most of the show (oh, and all out bawling). I am getting goose bumps just recalling it and writing it here. Above all, I saw this as a love story about the power of friendship with a message of understanding and acceptance.
If you are looking for a delightful evening of great music, inspiration, entertainment and fun don’t miss Wicked! And when you go make sure you pick up your “Green Babies Rule!” t-shirt!
To your wicked great time!
P.S. Here is the write-up and a link to the home page for ticket sales and the route for the touring group.
Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two unlikely friends end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for the most spellbinding new musical in years. WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "Once And Again" and "thirtysomething"), and is based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. With musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento (Aida, The Who’s Tommy, How To Succeed…), WICKED is directed by 2003 and 2004 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Assassins, Take Me Out, Frankie & Johnny in the Clair de Lune). Recommended age for children is 8 and up.
No children under 4 admitted. www.wickedthemusical.com