Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feeling Wicked?

April 13, 2011 When we first heard the Broadway in Fresno schedule for this season last fall, the show everyone was talking about was Wicked. It was one of the biggest reasons we decided to buy season tickets this year. Bree's been wanting me to take her to see the show in San Francisco or L.A. for a few years now, but finances and timing kept me from being able to do so. Doug and I were also thrilled at the idea of getting to see the show, and eagerly anticipated it all year long. The show did not disappoint. It's a big, beautiful spectacle, with the set almost as much a character as, well, the characters. The sets were just gorgeous! The costuming was amazing as well. We actually saw it on a night that the understudy for Glinda (or Galinda) performed, but the talented actress was spot-on; I did not miss having the principal actress there at all. The actress, as well as the actress who portrayed Elphaba, fully inhabited their characters, breathing vivacity and humor and conflict into their performances. I loved Elphaba's droll sense of humor and felt her pain at being ostracized. I adored Glinda's sass and spunk. I was a little concerned that the plot line might make it difficult to have sympathy for Glinda, who is somewhat vacuous in prep school. How could they manage to make her likeable by the time Wicked's plotline caught up to the adored character she is in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz? Similarly, how would they manage to make the heroine of Wicked fit comfortably with the image of the Wicked Witch of the West from the beloved classic? Suffice it to say, they did. Rather, Gregory MacGuire, author of Wicked, did. The author, whose book was adapted for the musical, did in fact manage to draw the connections and parallels between his imagined precursor to Baum's world of Oz in clever and sometimes unexpected ways. The production manages to sift through all the meticulous detail of the novel and pare it down to a mere three hours' production that brings its audience beautifully and seamlessly by curtain fall to the the beginning of the story that we all know and love. Doug and me, ready to see WickedBree and Kathryn

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Wicked!!! It is seriously my all-time favorite musical...I could watch it over and over and over. The soundtrack is amazing. I saw it 3 times when it was in Tulsa last and I can't wait to see it again! Hopefully one of these days in NYC...I would love to see Kristin Chenowith as Galinda! :)