Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wicked Awesome!

Meghan and I had a great "date night" last night and went to see Wicked. And it was amazing!

We had heard the buzz for over a year now and tried to get tickets the last time the show was in town but couldn't. This time (thanks to Ivette) we got in on tickets before the general public and got great seats!

I didn't know what to expect. I had heard it would be the story of the wicked witch and the good witch before Dorothy showed up in Oz. I think I had in my mind that the story would be much darker with more "good vs. evil" type of a story. To my surprise the show was very modern and updated, humorous, and well done as a musical!

I won't spoil the plot, but it is amazing how engaging the story is and how well the weave it with the Wizard of Oz as we know it. You get so much "back-story" on the Wizard of Oz, it's fantastic. Glinda the good witch couldn't have been a better role, she was a very entertaining "legally blonde" type of good witch. Hilarious! Elphalba, the wicked witch, was a very well done outcast due to the color of her green skin. I loved the way they made you like both the good and the wicked witch and you can see how things happened the way they did to make one "wicked". You end up feeling for both of them.

My takeaways are I love Phantom for the music, Lion King for the costumes, and now Wicked for the story line. It is a great story, and you won't look at the original Wizard of Oz the same way again.

Wicked gets a definite "A" and a must see if you are at all into theater. Even folks who would balk at seeing a musical will really enjoy this one.


Karen said...

i thoroughly encourage you NOT to read the book. I felt exactly like you regarding the play and the was excited to read the novel. HORRID. POLITICAL. BORING at times. Don't ruin your awe of the story by reading the original.

Martha said...

I was just about to recommend READING the book! I really enjoyed it. OF COURSE it was political - the story of the Wizard of Oz is entirely Political. Then again, I read the book and haven't seen the play - perhaps it isn't great to do it the opposite order.