A few weekends ago I had the opportunity to see a traveling Broadway production of “Wicked.” I was super excited due to all of the rave reviews. Wicked, if you don’t know, is the story of how the Wicked Witch became the Wicked Witch, and the land of Oz before Dorothy arrived.
The husband and I did this to celebrate our 2 year anniversary. The show was not actually playing in our city, so it was actually another one we had to drive out to see.
We got there a little early so we walked around in the Capitol. I had not anticipated how early we would actually get there (I thought that traffic would be worse), so I had not looked up restaurant information near the theatre. We wandered around for a little while until the hubster asked a local where to eat. The local suggested his favorite greasy Italian place. We got there, it was this little hole-in-the-wall place, but we ordered these yummy calzone type things. Mine had chicken, cheese, and broccoli in it! It was sooo good (I’m even hungry writing about it now). I only wish we had more time to eat it all!
We rushed to the theatre, which I’m pretty sure I’d been here before for some school field trip, or maybe to see the Nutcracker with my family, I’m not sure. It was actually a shrine in a former life.
I was excited when the show began. I actually got a snap shot of the curtain and the electronic dragon above the stage. I excitedly kept saying to the husband, “ohhhh! I bet it moves!!! Look, I can see them practicing with it! It moves! Maybe it even breathes fire!!!” I was distracted at the beginning of the performance as people were continually seated almost a half hour into the show!! I looked over to my person and said, “This is ridiculous!” in my most snobby way. He just laughed at me.
During intermission I was mulling over the performance when the husband says, “I liked Beauty and the Beast better. I think the music was better in that show.” I was shocked, I had thought that he did not like Beauty and the Beast (which we had seen on his birthday if you remember that post). But, that started me thinking, “What did I think of this show?” And honestly, it took me awhile to figure that out.
First of all, this was the first Broadway performance/musical that I have seen in which I have not already seen the show as a movie/ been in the performance. I was very familiar with the general plot and the musical scores, however I was completely surprised by the “Animals should be seen and not heard” and putting animals in cages. Due to this seemingly sneaky presentation of this idea (which could completely be simply a fantastical idea in this fantasy world) the possibility of it representing the worldview ideas of “Animal Rights” disturbed us as a hidden agenda. (We tend to be critical of all worldviews presented in movies/media, especially those involving liberal politics).
Secondly, I think another idea that is presented in this show is the fluidity of the ideals of good and evil. Some of the characters that are thought of as evil are revealed to be “good” throughout the progression of the musical, while the “good” characters are revealed to be “evil.” While I think this is an interesting concept, to analyze how we understand good vs evil, I think that it is also important to understand that this could lead us to the idea that there are no labels of “good” or “evil.”
The show was well done overall. The audience really loved each and every Wizard of Oz pun; I think that we were in the audience with a bunch of “already fans.” I personally, loved the music. All of the songs achieve that level of “epic-ness” that you expect from a musical. I walked around for days singing the tunes in my head, and aloud randomly around the apartment. “Its all about pop-u-lar…” “It’s time to try defying gravity…”
However, I think Beauty and the Beast is still my favorite :0), mostly due to the fact that I adore that story inside and out.
When we returned home, we found out that my Mother-In-Law had decorated the apartment with streamers, and gotten me a birthday cake! Since we won’t be visiting them this year in December (like we did last year). She wanted to celebrate my birthday in person. It was sooo cute! She said that the gifts were “silly fun gifts.” I loved them! They were all Disney princess Belle themed. Including: a belle musical figurine, photo album, stickers, note pad, a Christmas ornament, and a little dress up doll! She told me that when buying one of the gifts the cashier asked her, “Oh, is this for your grand daughter” hahaha. I’m glad, though, that my Mother-in-Law agrees that I’m not too old to like Disney princesses.