For those who know me, you would have heard me profess my love for Wicked on numerous occasions. It is truly my favorite musical and next Sunday, I will be seeing the show for a third time.
Forget what you remember from The Wizard of Oz, because Wicked: The Musical takes a very different yellow brick road when unveiling the not-so-Wonderful World of Oz. Based loosely on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical tells the tale of Elphaba and how she earned her dreaded title.
Elphaba (green as a result of the tonic her mother drank during her pregnancy) discovers the real man behind the curtain and the Wizard’s evil plans to change life in Oz forever. In her quest to stop his schemes, the Wizard spreads lies about Elphaba and the citizens of Oz begin to fear for their lives. Out this widespread panic, tales of the Wicked Witch of the West fly out of control.
Throughout the story, Elphaba displays characteristics of strength, passion and compassion and fears nothing, not even her fateful destiny. The cause is greater than what people may think of her or what could happen to her. Though she may wear a “wicked” label for the rest of her life, the truth is quite the opposite.
Every song from this Tony award winning show moves me and each song is better than the next. However, the climactic scene at the end of Act 1 definitely steals the show and always takes my breath away.
I suppose I love this musical because I connect with Elphaba. People will believe what they want about me, but in the end, I can live with myself. I take comfort in the fact that I am a kind, good-hearted, honest person filled with strength and courage. In every aspect of my life, I am passionate about what I do as a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a runner, a writer, a blogger and a mom’s group organizer.
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
I’m flying high
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!