Wednesday I finally got to see Wicked, and it was absolutely amazing. The sets and lighting were so spectacular. The story was quite interesting. I like the interpretation for the story, of how the Wicked Witch is actually the good guy, but is portrayed as the bad guy by the rest of the (corrupt) Ozians.
In Wicked, Elphaba (named after the initials of Wizard of Oz creator L. Frank Baum) is born green and has inherent magical powers, which always made her unpopular with people. She is outraged by the Ozians’ prejudice against speaking human-like animals, who are being persecuted. She eventually has to run away because the Ozians have labeled her a criminal. It’s later revealed (though it was pretty obvious from the beginning) that her father was the Wizard of Oz.
Her enemy in the beginning is GA-linda, a dumb blonde type. You’d think the future Good Witch would be kind, calm and mature, but this GA-linda was a big snob, and absolutely hilarious. She does grow over the course of the show. She and Elphaba don’t like each other at first, but they become best friends eventually.
Parma and I absolutely loved loved loved Glinda’s costumes. Her light blue Good Witch Cinderella-esque gown was so gorgeous that I kept imagining one of my wedding gowns to look like that!
I really liked the love story in Wicked. Fiyero was played by Justin Guarini, who was on American Idol back in season 1 and made a movie with Kelly Clarkson called Justin and Kelly. His character starts off as a cocky jock type, and he and Elphaba clash. He and Glinda hit it off and start going out. But then Fiyero and Elphaba strike up a friendship, and it develops into something more emotional between the two of them. Elphaba leaves Oz and in the meantime, Fiyero and Glinda become engaged. Fiyero’s heart still lies with Elphaba though. When Elphaba returns, he runs off with Elphaba, leaving a broken Glinda.
At the end though, Glinda and Elphaba, who are still close friends, makeup and say their last goodbyes. In the end, Elphaba pretends to die, and she runs off with Fiyero (who has since been turned into the Scarecrow).
The highlight was Defying Gravity. I first heard Defying Gravity through Glee, and I loved both the glee and real versions. But damn, seeing it performed in the epic way it was shown was emotionally powerful and beautiful. I also loved the singing of the actors in this than the original. Idina Menzel has this low nasally voice, but Christine Dwyer had a more soothing but powerful voice which I prefer way more. I wish she did a real recording of it!
Parma and I really really wanted this shirt, it’s so nice! The artwork was beautiful. But it’s $50 damn dollars. Are they psychotic?! 50? For a shirt?! Come on! Yes the artwork is beautiful, but not worth $50. We were sad about that. Aside from that, the show was everything we had hoped for and more. This was my second Broadway show ever, first being West Side Story during Macaulay orientation. I’m not a big Broadway person, but it was definitely an awesome experience. Maybe I’ll go see Frozen when it comes out…eventually.
After the show, Parma and I stumbled unto Nanking, had late lunch and then shopped at Express and Forever21 for a bit. Then we went on home.