This seems to be my trend now: Go a MONTH or more without posting, then do a series of entries in rapid succession.
Anyway, this one is to say that yes, I'm on the bandwagon now. I saw "Wicked" on a Broadway tour a few weeks ago. I'm in LOVE! I ADORED it! I'd read the book and listened to the cast recordings, but I'd never seen it before.
As most of you know, the musical adaptation is loose at best. But really? I think I liked the musical better. I felt like the ends tied together better, it was less convoluted, and was just a tighter, more cohesive story. The only thing was I really didn't think they needed to tack on a happy ending. Still, I was in love. I adored it.
I'd have to live under a rock not to realize that what Cats and Phantom were in the 80s, and Les Miserables was in the 90s, Wicked was in the 2000s. So, while I actually had a lot of sympathy for the Broadway fans who thought Wicked was being over-hyped, I couldn't overlook it either.
Anyway, I thought it was a gorgeous show. I thought it was a beautiful story about not only friendship, but about how beauty and popularity skew people's perceptions, and how far perceptions can stray from reality. I thought it was not only a lovely addition to the "OZ" universe, but a powerful statement about the way society can be. The staging is spectacular, sets and costumes are gorgeous, and the cast was stellar.
It's been years since I've seen a show (not counting seeing shows that I've seen before) and fallen in love. So, it was a wonderful experience.
Going to the theater-cast of Company tonight! Horay!