Monday, November 19, 2007

Wicked was Wicked!

I went to see the Tony Award winning musical Wicked at the Bushnell last night and it was excellent. We first went out to dinner at the Olive Garden in Manchester and then we to the Bushnell.

If you do not know what the play is about there is a good synopsis on Wikipedia, but I saw the play through a slightly different lens. Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, I saw more as a victim of discrimination because she is different from everyone else (She is green) and is shunned because of her difference. At school everyone makes fun of her and because of her defense of the animals puts her at odd with the head mistress of the school and of the Wizard of Oz. She then becomes an outcast and persecuted. At the end when Dorothy threw the water on Elphaba, as she was melting, I was crying.

I would highly recommend seeing the play. But then I am prejudiced, I love the theater and any play to me is a good play. I just find it amazing how the actors can memorize their lines and I love the sets from the simple sets, Doubts to the high production sets in Wicked.

2 comments:

sandy shoes said...

Have you read the book "Wicked," by Gregory Maguire? I *loved* it. The character of Elphaba is terrific. Based on your review of the play, I think you would really enjoy the novel as well.

Fleur de Lisa said...

I've really wanted to see this for quite a while. It sounds fantastic!