Wednesday, January 24, 2007

WICKED

My wife and I went to see this musical recently for her birthday. It was the first show on Broadway for both of us. I told her when she got up we were going to Broadway that night, and to pick a show . We were debating between this and the Lion King. However after asking around this was by far the one everybody recommended. It was awesome. Wicked is based on a book of the same name that tells the story of Elphaba ( The Wicked Witch of the West) and her early history in the land of Oz. It's not a retelling of the Wizard of Oz, although it eloquently weaves that story into the background of the show. This was arguably one of the best musicals I have ever seen (and I have seen quite a few..though not on Broadway), I loved the score, the cast were fabulous, staging and production values are exceptional.

I think that this show works on many levels, and different people can find different things in the show. A 10-year-old likes the twister and the story of how the Scarecrow becomes the Scarecrow. A 16-year-old might love the story of this green girl who becomes accepted, and the popular girl who becomes good. Young adults might get involved in the friendship between these two young women, and the choices and sacrifices we all make in our lives. Older adults might be interested in the story of how governments determine what's wicked and what's good based on how people look. Whatever the reason, the show touches them, and that's why it worked so well, and why I think many people go back to see it over and over. It was a great night, and a great show. If it's ever in your area..go check it out. Has anybody seen it, what did you think ?

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