Friday, June 12, 2015

Review of the Musical & Play "Wicked"

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A few years back, I had the pleasure to attend the Broadway musical production of Wicked.  As a child, I loved the movie The Wizard of Oz and I will admit, I had never given much thought to what happened before the infamous tornado when we were all hurled into the land of Oz.  I didn't realize that the book, The Wizard of Oz had a prequel until I saw the musical Wicked.

What caught me even more by surprise was that it was funny and extremely entertaining!

This is definitely a production that I could recommend to anyone of any age.  It would be the perfect opportunity to introduce a child to Broadway and to musicals.  Oh, lest I forget to tell you later,  you simply must wear green to the production.  And, fear not, the Wicked musical is definitely child friendly!


 

The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz 



Only a teaser, I will not give away the whole story

Like me, you may wonder what to expect, and like me, you may also be surprised by your reactions.  You will be amazed at how your heart will react to a young Elphaba, a child who has an unusual birth defect.  She was born green.

You will be humored when a very unpopular Elphaba becomes friends with the very popular Glinda when they are forced to be roommates at Shiz University.  You will follow their friendship as it struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints.

You will discover how Elphaba becomes known as the Wicked Witch of the West, how Glinda becomes the Good Witch of the North and the true identity of the Great Oz.



via Wikimedia

You will even be surprised by who the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow really are and how they were changed.  The best one word description for this musical is "spellbinding."

 


Highlights of Wicked 


The Music 


For this production, the music was perfect!  It was mostly light and entertaining.  Often very humorous.  Apparently very catchy because the little girl sitting behind us during the play, sang along.

The song "Popular" (video featured above) is one of the lighthearted songs and does an excellent job of reflecting and portraying the personalities of the two girls.  Glinda was Popular, but Elphaba defied expectations.  

The song "Defy Gravity" gives you insight into how the two friends reached a crossroads and must make the choices that will forever change their future.




Costumes


via Wikimedia Commons
The costumes and stage effects were outstanding.  Throughout the production, the outfits matched the characters personalities and the scenes.  Even the drab, darker costumes like Elphaba's black "witch" costume, were totally appropriate, and supplied the perfect compliment to her green skin.

All of the costumes were wonderful but my personal favorites were the costumes worn by Madame Morrible, the head mistress of Shiz University.  The brilliant colors and elaborate details of her gowns stood out among the navy, blacks and whites of some of the other costumes.

Madame Morrible Photo by Emily Darline on Pinterest

Conclusion


As I stated in the introduction, I was actually surprised by how much I really enjoyed this musical.  I didn't really expect to be so thoroughly entertained.

While I might not list this as my #1 musical, I would place it at 3rd, just behind Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.

I would highly recommend this musical to families with children or anyone who is simply looking for a fun night at the theater.

Oh!  Do remember to wear green!


Wicked: The Soundtrack, The Book, and a Great Way to Wear Green to the Musical





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11 comments:

  1. I didn't realize that "Wicked" was a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz". Growing up in western NY State, I used to be fascinated by Broadway musicals and collected the record albums and played and learned all the songs to each play all through my teens and beyond. I'm definitely a fan of musicals! Would love to see this one performed.

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  2. Excellent review...I've never seen Wicked and you've peaked my interest.

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  3. Oh, you have me hooked! Wicked sounds like a great musical. Now, I just have to find where I can see it locally. I love your review, and thanks for the no-spoiler!

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  6. I haven't seen this production but my youngest daughter has and she absolutely loved it. She talked so much about it that I knew that it is a show that I want to see. Now, to read your outstanding review of Wicked....it is a must see on my list.

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  7. "Wicked" sounds wicked awesome!

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  8. I've never seen "Wicked," but now I know that I'd love to. Great review! (Sorry about my preceding comment. Turns out I had some mis-information.)

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  9. Wicked came to Baltimore and I missed it. My friends all said it was wonderful and I was sad I missed it. This is an excellent review...and now I'm even more sad I missed it!

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  10. I'm hooked after reading this! I hadn't realized what Wicked was about, but now I wish I had seen it - DARN!!! This is right up my alley; terrific review

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  11. You've definitely got me interested, but it will probably never come here unless they make a movie of it.

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