So I just returned from seeing Wicked. It was FANTASTIC! The music, storyline, actors, sets all superb! Would I recommend you go see it? Ah...now that is the question.
You see, Wicked isn't for all audiences. Some would never be capable of appreciating the storyline and message. We have a girl that has long been looked down on because of her appearance. Her own family doesn't really accept her. And when she goes to college she meets more of the same. But the thing with Elphaba (the wicked witch) is that she doesn't try to hide within herself. She's outspoken, talented and stands up for the rights of the downtrodden. When Galinda gives her a hideous hat she wears it despite the fact that she is the laughing stock of the dance. And then she gets out on the floor and begins to dance alone, looking very freakish. Sometimes we all have to do that...
That one scene epitomizes what I loved about the book as well as the play. Strip away everyone's outward appearance and then judge them on what is on the inside. Then you will find the true person, whether ugly or beautiful. Not the first time you've heard this coming from me, but it bears repeating.
If people can't FEEL the intent of the story and only see a bastardized rendition of the Wizard of Oz then don't even bother going to see it. But for you that will see the deeper message of acceptance, friendship, betrayal and love then DEFINITELY this is the play for you!
Oh, second thing, you must enjoy musicals. That would help. If you dislike people just jumping up into song and dance then again, not the right play for you.
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