Sunday, April 11, 2010


Linda and I went to see Wicked, the musical, on Friday. The show is on tour and is now in Toledo. Linda read the book and has been wanting to see it for awhile now. I like musicals as a general rule, so we decided to splurge on good seats, and make it a big night out. Wow! We had a great time.

Wicked is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba), and of Glinda the Good, and it starts in pre-Dorothy Oz. It tells the story of a friendship between Elphaba and Glinda the Good. Elphaba has raw and unique ability, is a misfit on account of her Green skin, and feels a strong sense of calling to protect the weakest citizens of Oz. Glinda is beautiful and popular. They meet as roommates and despite its unlikliness, they become best friends. I won't spoil the whole story by revealing much more of the plot. Along the way you learn how the Lion, the Tin Man, and the Scarecrow came to their places in the original Oz story.

The music and effects were best-in-class. They have flying monkeys and a giant mechanical Wizard of Oz. My favorite songs were "Popular" and "Defying Gravity".

I can say that this was absolutely the best live show I've ever seen.

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