Monday, February 25, 2013
Wicked: The Best Adventure You Will Ever Have
Last week, my family and I went to "Wicked" on Broadway. I have seen the show 3 times on tour, and it means A LOT to me. The first time I went, my friends had an extra ticked, and invited me to go. After seeing the show when I was 11 years old, I knew what I would aspire to do for the rest of my life: I was going to find a way to play Elphaba Thropp, more commonly known as "The Wicked Witch Of The West." Now, I know that that may be a bit of a far off dream, but that dream has become a goal for my career. I want to perform Musical Theater professionally. From the first time I saw Defying Gravity, the climax of the show, where Elphaba decides she is "Through excepting Limits," and flies high above the stage while belting her face off, I knew what I was going to do with my life. I mean, who can resist the pull of the desire to do what Elphaba had done? That show made me realize my passion, which before, had only been a hobby.
Last week, I saw the show for the first time on Broadway. We sat in the ORCHESTRA in the 12th row!!! You may be thinking "how does ANYONE afford that?!" Well, we were very fortunate to have an incredibly kind aunt who bought us the tickets. I can't thank her enough! So Amy, if you're reading this, THANK YOU AGAIN TIMES A BILLION!!!! It was incredible to see the show I knew so well up close like that. People say that the tour and the Broadway productions aren't different, and in ways they are right. But if you know the show with your eyes closed like I do, (seriously, I printed a script offline illegally, and memorized the lines, I know pathetic), the small differences will mean the world. I mean, the monkeys flew over the audience!!
In the past when I have seen the show, my favorite aspect of it has been the incredible Elphaba. But this time, it was Miss Gaaaaalinda (Glinda the Good). Elphaba was Danish, so it was obvious that she was struggling with the American Accent, and I solute her for being able to play Elphaba in 3 languages!!! I mean, that role is HARD. Some say the hardest out there! But I just wasn't able to connect with her in the way I have in the past, which allowed me to focus on other aspects of the show that I hadn't payed as much attention to in the past. Like Glinda. That actress, Ali Mauzey, in my opinion, is the best Glinda EVER. I know it sounds biased because I saw her live, but I have seen many a Glinda. whether live or in videos, and she is BY FAR my favorite. She added SO MUCH to the role. I can't even describe her greatness. The last time I saw the show, Glinda was a standby who I'm sorry to say wasn't the best, so seeing someone bring the role to life like she did was incredible. She catered to the new, and the old audiences, so that everyone would be entertained in the biggest possible way. Just look her up on youtube, and be sure to look at her more recent performances, because they are the best.
As you can see, I REALLY like Wicked!!!! If you haven't seen the show already, I recommend it with ALL OF MY BEING!!! Adults and kid swill walk out of the theater with awestruck faces, and I believe that they will have difficulty digesting what just occurred before their eyes.
"SO IF YOU CARE TO FIND ME LOOK TO THE WESTERN SKIES AS SOMEONE TOLD ME LATELY, EVERYONE DESERVES THE CHANCE TO FLY!!!!!"
Wicked- Defying Gravity