Green with Envy

Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz has started its run in Manila last weekend. I am so sad I cannot be there to watch it. I am "green with envy."

I only learned about this musical in the last couple of years. Actually, the movie Oz the Great and Powerful gave me the idea what Wicked is all about. The story about the witches in the Wizard of Oz. Pretty interesting for me. A few of my friends raved about the musical. If they like it, I would surely like it, too. 

Wicked the Musical

As I researched and Googled, Wikipedia's description of the musical goes --
"The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kansas and includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum's novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (the Good Witch of the North), who struggle through opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace."
I am more intrigued and wanted to see the musical so badly. I am no longer the little girl who only knew about Dorothy, the scarecrow, the lion, the tin man and the dog, and there is actually more to the story.

Defying Gravity

I wish I can say I knew about this song from the musical sang by the wonderful Idina Menzel. But I can't. I first heard this song in Glee (the TV show) sang by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. I loved it right away not knowing where it originated.

Eventually, I did learn what the song really is about. And I absolutely love the original version by Idina. My favorite line(s):

I'm through accepting limits
'cause someone else says they're so 
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I'll never know!
Too long I've been afraid of
Losing love I guess I've lost
Well, if that's love
It comes at much too high a cost!

The performance of the original Elphaba (Idina) and Glinda (Kristin Chenoweth) at the Tony Awards is a must watch. 

Idina Menzel

I adore Idina in Enchanted when she played Nancy. I realized later on she did not sing in the movie. What a waste of talent. But I guess the movie producers deliberately did that so she won't overpower the non-singer actors. Then she was the perfect fit to be the biological mother of Rachel (Lea Michele) in Glee. 

And of course, right now, we all fell in love with the Elsa in Frozen. The success of the song "Let It Go" is phenomenal. As soon as I came out of the moviehouse, the song was repeatedly playing in my head. When we reached home, my husband and I both purchased the Frozen soundtrack on iTunes. 

Idina is the original Elphaba. She won a Tony Award for the role. What an amazing woman. 

I got the idea from my sister as I was whining the other day how I am so envious she'll get to watch Wicked. She gave me this far-fetched idea of watching Wicked in New York City. And that was instantly added to my bucket list. 

Have you seen Wicked the musical? Did you love it or hate it?

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