...because I saw Wicked, I have been changed for good...!
Hey all! My name's Steph, and I joined this community just before seeing Wicked, which was this past Sunday, March 4! I just spent a good long time doing my best to compose my thoughts and type up an entry about it for my own LJ, and figured I'd go ahead and crosspost it all here, too, if thats OK? Ok! :)
~~~Wicked! Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center - March 4, 2007~~~
I'm having trouble finding the right adjectives to describe the show last night. I don't think there are words ... for ... the greatness. THE GREATNESS. Of it all. **falls over**
I took some pictures! Of the place we went to see it - Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. ozianescape got there on time and didn't miss anything, which was great and awesome because I had visions of him being late and missing stuff because we had his ticket. So that was good!
Mom and Ray seemed to really love the show, which was also good. :) I'm really glad we all got to see it together, because it would've sucked to have seen it myself and then get home and want to blabber on and on about all the AWESOME and not have anyone know what I was talking about. ^_^
When we walked in and got our seats (Mezzanine! Up over the stage and off to the right! SO CLOSE!! Yet with good enough distance to enjoy it fully and not be looking straight down at the tops of heads!) - and I saw the CLOCK of the TIME DRAGON... the stage setup, with the HUGE mechanical dragon up over top of it, wings spread out, and all the cogs and gears and clock workings all across and down either side of the stage... I actually gasped out loud, it was made of magnificent!! And the curtain, with its huge map of Oz, the Emerald City glowing and glittering in the center... Mom said that the green glow was spreading little by little, while everyone was taking their seats, and I think she was right. :) So very very cool!
At the start of the show, the MONKEYS!! I forget if there were 3 or 4 of them, but it was so so awesome, the way they climbed down the sides of the stage and skittered around in front of it, over to the crank, all chittering together, and then one of them (CHISTERY!!) took the crank, crowed out loud, and slowly turned it to reveal...!! THE STAGE!! And it started!! AND I DIED!!
Everything about it was just... over the top spectacular, heads tails and everything else above and beyond anything I could've imagined. It was great to see the songs illustrated or played out/acted out, the way they were meant to be; each and every one was so different from how I'd imagined them, so very much better and more amazing.
I found myself thinking that, despite the fact that I adore Idina Menzel as Elphie, the girl that played her in this cast had a voice that was actually more fitting of the character than Idina's, at least in my mind. A bit deeper, a bit more sultry... just beautiful and perfect. I was so thrilled when Elphie made her appearance onstage... I just about jumped out of my seat, because there she was! &hearts Elphie! &hearts
In The Lion King, the thing that really made the show for me was seeing just how over the top the players could be, to really bring out the characters. It happened again in this show, too - Galinda was perkier than perky - I loved her bounce! The rocking back and forth on her heels and bending at the knees, gyrating up and down - she reminded me of a dolphin dancing up on its tail! Every joke, every punchline, was priceless. I hung on each and every word.
"Uh oh... the artichoke's getting steamed!" - Galinda about Elphie defending Dr. Dillamond
Dr. Dillamond!! Was absolutely amazing!! The costume, the actor inside of it, every last detail! I loved how he "shared" Elphie's lunch - ate the wrapper of her sandwich... XD I found his fate in the show almost worse than what happened to him in the book... :( Poor guy.
I loved all the little differences between the book and the show, too. ESPECIALLY the ending!! It took me completely by surprise, too - I was SO happy and completely surprised that ozianescape had never spoiled it for me, since he's really bad at keeping secrets (no offense of course, Dennis... ;)) Of course I'm leaving spoilers out of this post... or maybe...
( Spoilers behind the cut!!Collapse )
"Well, what could Father have possibly given me? I clash with everything!" - Elphie, after Nessa receives the ruby/silver slippers
That scene was so heartbreakingly harsh, for Elphie... her father having absolutely no love for her whatsoever, only sending her off to school to take care of Nessarose, and to hell with her own education? Too sad... :(
But Elphie was my hero in that scene too - the way she chased off everyone making fun of her, bravely and boldly - "What?? Do I have something stuck in my teeth?? Lets get this straight - YES I was born this way! NO, I did not eat grass as a child!!" Of course I'm paraphrasing here, but her lines were fantastic... :)
I absolutely loved the sets, too - the way the skies in the background changed colors to reflect the mood of the scene or the time of day. The way the main parts of the school were hung with draperies and portraits of professors and such, and the classroom just wheeled perfectly into place, benches and blackboard. The constant theme of the clock, the bridge that Elphie stood under when it rained, the Emerald City with its green and gold lights...
The AMAZING Wizard-machine!! O_O That thing actually scared me - the voice was HUGE!! Whenever he'd call out "GUARDS!!" and the head would toss, I swear to God the whole building would shake!! Or at least it really seemed that way!
Speaking of "toss," - during "Popular," - "This is how you toss your hair! Now, watch me closely. Tosstoss! Tosstoss!" - Completely cracked me up... XD
Back to the beginning - Where Elphie's mom vigorously wiped her face in disgust after her father kissed her goodbye, and then how she let the mysterious stranger onstage through the door in the clock. Their dance. Their dance was a highlight of the show, just that quick little 30 second exchange - it was perfect. The movements, the costumes, the dance itself, the way they portrayed exactly what was going on there in such a memorable way so that at the final reveal of truth in the end of the show - who could forget that that was what had happened?? And then right afterward, the seamless progression into Elphie's birth. Ok, so it was a little weird because it seemed that her mom pulled her out herself... ha... but it was fantastic. &hearts
Every detail of the show... was completely fascinating. This entry could go on for ages...
* The lady standing on the bridge, twirling her parasol over Glinda and the crowd - a simple and beautiful movement that added so much.
* The COSTUMES!!!! So amazing, so detailed, crazy and wonderful! I want to cosplay a Shiz student or an Emerald City citizen SO MUCH. &hearts I absolutely LOVED the double tophat on one of the men, and the pants/skirt on some of them. The black and white outfits during the "Dancing Through Life" scene were gorgeous and eyepopping as well.
* Elphie's DANCE. Elphie in her own little world, not caring at all about everyone staring at her.
* Elphie's dance with the wizard!
* The exchange of the hat! From the book, it was obvious that it was a trick by Galinda, a setup so that everyone could make fun of Elphie, but from the music itself I had no idea, so again my heart broke for poor Elphie - and again she carried it off with style and grace! This is why I love her. &hearts
* Fiyero's dance with his driver as they parted... so cute! Not to mention that the actor himself was quite handsome! ;)
* I loved the scene between Fiyero and Elphie, the release of the Lion cub... &hearts
Defying Gravity BLEW US ALL AWAY. I knew it would knock my socks off, but Mom and Ray really loved it too, and were talking about it for a long time afterward. I have no shame in admitting that I burst into tears during that scene... Its the song, and the moment of Elphaba's rise into the air... It cut straight threw me, and when it was over, I stood up and cheered VERY loudly! I was actually glad that intermission came just then, too. I needed to catch my breath!!
These parts of Defying Gravity, specifically:
"I'm through accepting limits, cause someone say's they're so," - this Elphie said the first part of - "I'm through accepting LIMITS!" with such an electric charge in her voice, it gave me chills!
And then - "...I hope you're happy, my friend..." The guards rush in and take hold of Glinda, and Elphie ducks into the darkness as Glinda struggles. Then, Elphie steps out of the darkness so just her face is illuminated - THAT was PERFECT! - "Let her go! She has nothing to do with this! Its not her you want, its me! Its MEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!" as she rises into the air, smoke blowing up with her, her hair and cape billowing as she goes, and into the song again - "So if you care to find me! Look to the Western sky!!"
And thats only the first half!!!
Elphie and Glinda's duel and Fiyero's capture. Chills.
Elphie's attempt to use a spell and save Fiyero - "No good deed goes unpunished" - More chills.
The final realizations, everything finally getting tied up and coming full circle... THAT ENDING!!
There is not one thing I can say that would truly give this show its due, or do it justice. I have to see it again. I didn't even want to leave the theater when it was over. I just sat there, completely spellbound, staring at the empty stage with tears still in my eyes...
I'll probably post the few pictures I took later on... its late and I don't feel like messing with my camera right now. ^_^
See this show. If you get a chance, do yourself the favor and see Wicked. You'll truly never see anything like it. It is astounding, magnificent... extrastoundingmagnificentacularlyamazingeniuspecialwonderfulspellbindingtacular!!!! THERE! I found an adjective!! ^.^