Big Red and I went to go see Wicked at the Pantages Theatre last night. (Thank you mom for watching Karrots!) Big Red had gotten us tickets for our anniversary. We sat in row G all the way to the left. Not bad seats, but we couldn't see what was going on upstage in certain scenes.
The story line was very impressive. The writers were very creative with how they mixed this story to set up Wizard of Oz and how we saw what REALLY went on prior and during the time period of the movie.
There seemed to be a few different underlying themes going on. As the Wizard mentions, history is relative. We will view each person in history by how their stories are written, whether we see them as a hero, villain, conqueror, or chivalrous. It's all in the eye of the beholder, which is what this play does. It is a rewrite of the Wizard of Oz and shows how the "wicked" witch had the best of intentions, yet history rewrote her story.
The play also dealt with the subject of being wicked. Is it something someone is born as or is wickedness thrust upon them? Elphaba sings that no good deed goes unpunished, based on her experience. Every time she tries to do something right, it's viewed as being rebellious or wicked. Once she finds what the leaders are up to in Oz, she is determined to be a good doer, but has little influence. She ends up having to run from the law as they have pronounced her wicked before she can expose their malice.
One more issue was that of getting what you want. How far are you willing to go to get what you want and if it comes by deceit, will you ever truly be happy once you have it?
I recognized a few people in the cast. Carol Kane, who played Madame Morrible, had played the sorcerer's wife in Princess Bride. Nessa was played by Jenna Leigh Green, who I remember seeing from Sabrina Teenage Witch as a kid. Her love interest, Boq, was played by Adam Wylie, who's all over TV.
I didn't think the music was all too impressive. The writers seemed to like certain lines and made the music lines drag on a big to fit all the words they wanted in it. Glinda's understudy, Emily Rozed, was performing last night and she was amazing! A very humorous character, and, as all "good" characters, she was a soprano. Elphaba, the "wicked" witch, was an alto. She seemed to hit strange parts of the words when holding them out, but did an excellent job at the part. "Defying Gravity" was my favorite of the songs. Better written than most of the songs in the musical.
I'd recommend going to see it if you get the chance. It was a good experience!