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02-08-2004, 05:04 PM
My sister won a trip to Broadway, along with an "allowance" of taking three people with her to see three Broadway plays of my choice. She went and saw (with my brother and I): WICKED, Chicago, and Fiddler on The Roof. I taped WICKED.
Now, I'm only going to review WICKED.
In the opening scene, where the Wicked Witch of The West dies, which we are happy about (stupid evil demonic wicked witch! Kill kill kill!), we are learn that the play is going to be a flashback of the witch's life. Before she was born, we learn that the father and the mother were drinking "green elixer". I figure this was part of why the witch (Elpheba) was born with green skin. Of course, the parents were in OZ when they had a little "mixer" after the green elixer, where everything is green.
Elpheba geos to "Shiz", OZ's college. She is roomed with Galinda (The Good Witch of The North), and at first sight they loath each other.
We learn that something bad is happening in OZ... all the talking animals aren't talking so much anymore.
Elpheba fixes her sister up with Fiyero, Elpheba's boyfriend. Galinda and Elpheba become friends at the big dance after Elpheba is fixed up with...um...someone else, by Galinda. After the dance, at their dorm, Elpheba is prettied up by Galinda ("Popular") in the funniest song in WICKED. This ends up in a disaster. Elpheba is depressed and sings about "not being 'That Girl'". However, Galinda and Elpheba are still pals, so they go to the Emerald City. The audience meets the Wizard (Joel Grey).
Elpheba and Galinda have a falling-out, and Elpheba learns to fly in the end Act 1. She flies away, singing about not coming back down. She flies off to the west, really belting out the last notes of the song.
Galinda and the rest of Shiz have a big party to get rid of their worries.
Meanwhile, Elpheba visits the Wizard, who turns out to be a fake. He sings about the citizens wanting someone Wonderful, so gives them what they want.
Elpheba and Fiyero are back together. They sing about it.
When something negative happens to Fiyero, Elphaba becomes discouraged and begins in a sense to own the reputation that has been thrust upon her.
The citizens of OZ set out to find the "Wicked Witch".
Glinda and Elphaba, whose friendship has been tested by circumstances and by the challenges of their relationship with Fiyero, find a way to see beyond their issues and feel their mutual friendship.
We have come full circle to the melting scene and beyond, but things are not what they seemed when we started. The Wicked Witch was a good person, forced to be evil by the shallow citezens.
Kind of depressing.
I loved it.
02-08-2004, 05:08 PM
I hope it runs for awhile so I can get up there to see it.
02-08-2004, 05:18 PM
It will. In 2005 it's going to go touring around the states.
02-08-2004, 05:54 PM
I heard Wicked is a awesome show and the special effects are among the best. I am tyring to go on a bus trip to see and I can't wait.
It will. In 2005 it's going to go touring around the states. Where did you hear this from? I know it is very early yet but are any dates set or planned? This April Les Miserables is coming to Baltimore and I got my tickets today.
02-09-2004, 12:43 AM
I think he saw it off of various WICKED sites. Anyway, WICKED was really awesome, twisted and devilishly ironic. The big Dragon Clock in the back, the green and black gears around the sides of the stage all made the whole experience better. Calvin's videotape had the whole stage crystal-clear. You can even see the gears in the clock turning the arms. Really awesome. I highly reccomend it.
02-09-2004, 03:05 AM
So far "RENT" is the best play i have seen.
02-09-2004, 04:46 PM
Is Wicked a musical?
Yes, Wicked is a musical. The music is done by the same person who did Godspell (A show I hate, but the music is good).
02-09-2004, 09:29 PM
Lion King was the only broadway show I've seen, and it was amazing.
02-09-2004, 09:38 PM
I've heard good stuff about that. Supposed to be really amazing. Like you said.
02-10-2004, 12:28 AM
I've seen The Lion King, which was a great production, but one that was even better was The Producers with Jason Alexander and Martin Short. The movie is hilarious, but the play is even funnier. There's the little old ladies with naughty names (Hold-me Touch-me) which Max (Alexander) seduces to raise money for his plays, the homosexual director and his crew who sing a song appropriately named, "Keep It Gay", which had everyone in the theater rolling on the floor laughing (Even now, I nearly cry whenever I play it on my computer, I'm laughing so hard), the pigeon-raising ex Nazi, Max and Leo's (Short) Swedish speaking secretary, it's all non-stop laughter.
02-10-2004, 12:40 AM
Wow! Thanks for the synopsis Calvin! It makes me want to see this musical more and more. Everything, literally everything, I have heard from people about WICKED is great. No one has yet to tell me any really horrible things wrong with it. Now only if I can manage to save money this summer working at CP I might have to check it out! How is Chicago doing with the recently new cast? I heard they changed a while back.
Also for musical buffs, see Avenue Q, honestly the FUNNIEST musical out there, and currently my favorite! Full frontal puppet nuditiy!
02-10-2004, 02:30 AM
Chicago was good. Different, obviously, from the wonderful movie, but definitely good.
Whoever plays Elpheba (Wicked Witch) has a great voice ("No wizard that there is or was/No person ever here in OZ/ Is ever gonna bri-i-i-ing me-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e do-o-o-o-o-own!" *end act 1*)
She really belts out those notes spectacularly.
03-02-2004, 05:50 PM
I totally forgot to reply to this post a while back on who plays Elpheba, which is Idina Menzel. Now for all of you total musical buffs, Idina played the original Maureen in RENT! I thought her voice sounded familiar, but it's definatly not as "rough" or high as it was in RENT. I personally think she belts like none other in WICKED. If you have the chance, or the cash, pick up the cast album. It's worth the money, and I'm willing to place money this is going to be one of the biggest things Broadway has ever seen (which means it'll be on for decades!)! The songs are showstopper to showstopper, with enough little diddy's in between to keep the pacing perfect. I've also had the chance to hear the full musical, which is just powerful. I definatly think Popular is Galinda's showstopper, and Defying Gravity, wow, is Elpheba at her best.
For once I think someone hit on what musicals USED to be, things of quality the WHOLE family can see, and something that truly leaves you with memories and feelings for the rest of your life. Not to mention music that you sing everywhere :)! I really think Broadway has been lacking in this quality of musicals for a long time. And everyone said WICKED would close on opening weekend! Hah!
<<SPOILER>> I think...
The one thing that struck me when I got through listening to the full length of the musical was how Elpheba had NOTHING to do with her becoming the wicked witch of the west. It was all the Wizard and citizens of Oz's doing, and all because she was different, and all because they FORCED her to believe she was wicked because of her green skin. All she wanted to do was oust the wizard because he was a fraud, and everyone ganged up on her just because she wanted to go against the flow.
Definatly something that truly shows how people are discriminate against people that are different from them. Even in the end when Galinda and Eplehba reminisce at the death of the W.W. of the East, they seem to come to terms, just for a little bit and if only for a short time. Then again, it shows the independence of a person and how we can take charge of our own lives and make a difference if we "try defying gravity"!
Now if I can only get the $100 it takes for a decent seat... I definatly HAVE to see this in action, the music alone is powerful, but I just HAVE to see it in action.
My grade: SSS (Or in DDR terms, unobtainable, unmatched, heehee! A+)
03-25-2004, 02:12 AM
Hey guys i need some help i'm in musical theatre and i have to come up with a monologe explaning the musical wicked and well i dont know the second half of the play. If any one could give me some details on the second half that would be great!!
03-25-2004, 02:28 AM
Not sure if this site will help, but you can try
If it doesn't help you enough, then try a search on Yahoo or Google.
03-25-2004, 03:38 AM
03-28-2004, 05:13 PM
I just got back from my senior class trip to New York City. One of our activities was to see Wicked on Broadway. I'm not much of a play person, nor was I looking foward to this but I have to say I really enjoyed it and would go back again.
Elpheba's voice was amazing and Galinda was hot! :D
03-06-2006, 10:06 PM
Sorry, I know this is an old topic, but I absolutely adore musical theatre. The only Broadway play I've seen is Mamma Mia and it was magnificent, but I'm going to The Lion King tomorrow (I think).
My favorite musical (and play, for that matter) is Into the Woods. I saw it first in about 2000 and fell in love. It has awesome music and a tremendous plot. I finally saw it again as a college production last Saturday.
Broadway has grown on me a lot over this school year, mostly through vocal music. We're singing Seasons of Love ("525,600 minutes...") from RENT in regular Chorus. It's the only really good song in the play and movie. In Show Choir, we are singing For Good ("Who can say if I've been changed for the better...") from Wicked. It's a great song and I'd like to see the play sometime. We're also doing You Can't Stop the Beat ("You can't stop an avalanche as it races down the hill...") from Hairspray. I'm begging my parents to get tickets as it is coming to Iowa soon. I even bought the Original Broadway Cast Recording.
My favorite musicals according to their music:
1.) Into the Woods, for No One is Alone and Children Will Listen
2.) Hairspray, for You Can't Stop the Beat and Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now
3.) Little Shop of Horrors, for Be a Dentist
4.) Wicked, for For Good
5.) Avenue Q, for The Internet is for Porn
And that's my two cents. Thanks!
03-06-2006, 10:40 PM
My school did Grease last year, and this season, they performed Little Shop of Horrors. I enjoyed both, and one of my great friends was the dentist, and he did an excellent job. The 'monster' flower looked great, and the set was amazing. I also saw Fiddler on the Roof performed by the theatre dept. at Sam Houston State University, that was pretty cool.
If you want a *REAL* Broadway musical, I have only seen Beauty and the Beast in New York City. Christy Carlson Romano (Ren Stevens from that Disney show) was Belle! Haha, I was close enough to throw a rock at her if I had wanted (and I don't play baseball!) She was pretty good, but the overall sets and cast were amazing! I can't wait to see another one if I have the chance.
Wicked came to Houston but sold out quickly, so I couldnt make it! :(
03-07-2006, 12:21 AM
I've acted and played roles in Godspell, Footloose, Kiss me Kate, and My Favorite Year (All musicals) This spring I am taking a trip with classmates to New York where we all get the chance to see Wicked, Spamalot (Monty Python) and Avenue Q (Sesame Street Rated R) on Broadway and I'm pretty pumped. I never really liked Musical theater until I acted in it myself. Now it's pretty cool.
03-07-2006, 05:53 AM
I have seen a few but have yet to see Wicked or Hairspray but those are the next on my list.
I have seen Mama Mia, Lion King, Phantom, Cats, & Little Shop of Horrors. I also tray and se my favorite musical RENT atleast twice a year.
I saw RENT just last month in Asheville,NC and going to see it again in June at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
04-07-2006, 06:56 PM
im going to see rent at the fox in june also. Avenue Q rox my sox!
04-13-2006, 10:56 PM
Going to see Little Shop of Horrors this Saturday when it comes to town!
04-13-2006, 11:17 PM
^ You wont be dissapointed. I saw it on Broadway and it was Great! If you like comedys, you'll love it. Just watch out for the plant at the end :p
04-14-2006, 09:01 AM
^Little Shop of Horrors was never on Broadway. It was an Off-Broadway production.
I love the movie version of it. I'm dying to see the play, and I was born to play Seymour.
"I've given you sunshine! I've given you rain! Looks like you're not happy, 'less I open a vain! I'll give you a few drops, if that'll appease... Oh please! Oh, oh, oh please! Grow for me!"
04-14-2006, 11:49 PM
Right on one count, wrong on the other. Yes, Little Shop did start as an off-broadway show, but in recent years they did a revival and it is now on tour. If you don't believe me go to the website. http://www.littleshopofhorrors.com.
I know I won't be dissapointed tomorrow night!
04-16-2006, 12:23 AM
I saw Phantom Of The Opera today for the third time, and I was quite disappointed. First, we had terrible seats (highest balcony, third row from the back), but the cast (especially Raoul and Meg) was not very good... except for Christine. I was worried, since because we saw a matinee, we would get a second-rate understudy, but the understudy we had was actually very good.
If you go see POTO, make sure you have good seats. Pay the extra to get in the first ten rows; it's worth it.
Oh, and steel- my favorite musical is Into The Woods as well. Sondheim's music and Lapine's book are hilarious, biting, and poignant, and I wouldn't think twice about getting to see it live again. I actually got to be the Narrator in a production a few years ago; it was great fun.
04-21-2006, 09:08 PM
Just got back from NYC today after seeing 3 really good musicals. First was Wicked which lived up to the hype I've heard about it. Alphaba's voice was incredible and the understudy for Glinda wasn't bad either.
Spamalot was good, but the entire first act I could have gotten by singing along to the movie. Second act was better but I was still disappointed as it had won best musical Tony award last year. Not bad, but not great.
Avenue Q was a hit. While you probably won't understand most of the humor if you are under the age of 15 it was totally helarious. I was amazed about the amount of talent the actors had with those puppets, it was totally incredible!~
04-22-2006, 09:08 AM
I also saw Fiddler on the Roof performed by the theatre dept. at Sam Houston State University, that was pretty cool.
I was an extra in Fiddler on the Roof when I was one year old. Sadly, I haven't seen a production of it since.
So I'm going to Hairspray on Des Moines opening night. Has anyone else seen it? If so, was it as good as I've heard?
04-28-2006, 01:23 AM
I've seen a few plays...
-Phantom of the Opera...I was third row and 6 at the time. Scared me, great play though.
-Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat...saw it when Donny Osmond was the lead. Very good play
-Tommy...by far my favourite play, great music and story.
The next play I plan on seeing is Monty Python's Spamalot when it comes to Toronto.
04-28-2006, 11:33 PM
Hairspray was great. The sound was a little weird, though.
Here's a synopsis:
Tracy Turnblad, an extra-large teenaged girl living above her father's joke shop in Baltimore, Maryland in the 1960's, loves nothing more than dancing to the beat of all the new songs. ("Good Morning, Baltimore") She aspires to appear on her favorite show, a dance show called "The Corny Collins Show," someday. ("The Nicest Kids in Town") When one of the cast members drops out for a mysterious nine months, another female member is needed. Tracy is immediately excited to go. "It's always been my dream to audition for the Corny Collins show!" says Tracy. "It's always been my dream to watch you audition for the Corny Collins show!" says her best friend, Penny. Unfortunately, neither Tracy's mother, the not-so-skinny Edna, played in every performance by a male, nor Penny's mother will let them go to the audition. Meanwhile, Amber VonTussle, one of the cast members of the Corny Collins Show is getting interested in boys, but her mother, Velma VonTussle, the producer of the show, won't allow it. ("Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now")
Tracy decides to cut school in order to get to the audition. As soon as she and Penny get there, Tracy bumps into Link Larkin, the show's resident "hottie." ("I Can Hear the Bells") Sadly, Velma turns her down immediately because of her size, and gives the rest of the cast permission to tease her. ("The Legend of Miss Baltimore Crabs")
Later, Corny Collins himself sees Tracy dancing and decides to put her on the show. They inaugurate her by having Link Larkin sing her a song. ("It Takes Two")
Edna is exceedingly proud of Tracy. They get a call from a larger sizes store that wants Tracy to be their spokesperson. While there, Edna is given a new look. ("Welcome to the 60's")
Tracy heads to a party at Motormouth Maybelle's (the host of Negro Day on the Corny Collins Show) record shop. There, she dances with a school friend, Seaweed. ("Run and Tell That!")
Tracy decides that it is unfair for the African Americans to only be able to dance once a month, so she plots a protest. Edna doesn't like the idea of going on TV, so Maybelle motivates her. ("Big, Blonde, and Beautiful")
Their protest lands them in the Women's Detention Center. ("The Big Dollhouse") Everyone but Tracy is bailed out. Tracy longs for Link, her only love, to come rescue her ("Good Morning Baltimore Reprise")
Back at Tracy's home, Tracy's father reminds Edna that he loves her no matter how she looks, resulting in a very funny number that is extremely difficult for the man playing the father as it involves some interesting stuff with Edna, also played by a man. ("You're Timeless to Me")
When Penny gets home from prison, she is punished for "going to jail without permission." Seaweed, her love interest, comes to save her, as Link comes to Tracy's aid. ("Without Love")
All the protagonists meet at Maybelle's to discuss integrating the show. They make a plan. ("I Know Where I've Been")
At the big show, the crowning of Miss Teenage Hairspray (Amber and Tracy go head to head), things happen. ("It's Hairspray")
Amber performs her number, a rant against Tracy. ("Cooties")
The finale is unforgetable. ("You Can't Stop the Beat")
That took longer than expected...
05-30-2006, 10:24 PM
Spamalot tickets are finally on sale for Toronto, looks like I'll definately be seeing it:)
06-12-2006, 07:50 PM
We just got tickets for Wicked in Chicago this July. :)
And Spamalot is coming to our local theater.
So is The Light in the Piazza. :) :)
And Phanotm of the Opera, but I can't stand Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Stephen Sondheim, however, is gold.
06-12-2006, 07:57 PM
I have been considering seeing The Blue man Group in Toronto. Has anyone seen it? The reviews say it is good.
06-12-2006, 10:13 PM
That's way off topic.
My dad saw them. He said it was really, really cool. I'd try it out.
06-12-2006, 10:28 PM
Yea I know it was off topic, but I thought this was the best place to ask without starting a new thread. Thanks anways, I'll probably go see it.
07-21-2006, 03:40 PM
Saw Spamalot on Wednesday.
It was the BEST play I have ever been to, my step-dad and I could not stop laughing. I love how they brought my favourite Monty Python movie to stage, it was very well done. I'm probably going back to see it in a few weeks. I highly recomend that anyone that gets the chance to see this play to go and see it.
07-24-2006, 10:37 AM
I saw Wicked.
I have never seen any theatrical production the comes anywhere near the quality of this piece of dramatic art. Everything was perfect, amazing. The music was wonderful (no pun intended). The story is uncomparable. This musical NEEDS to be made into a movie, just so I can see it again.
A few of the highlights:
Opening ("No One Mourns the Wicked")*
"The Wizard and I"*
"What is This Feeling?"
"Dancing Through Life"
"I'm Not That Girl"
"One Short Day"
"I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"
"As Long as You're Mine"*
"No Good Deed"*
07-24-2006, 11:22 AM
Saw Wicked last Friday as well. It was fantastic. Popular had me rolling on the floor. Very good play. I didn't know that it would tie into the Wizard of Oz as much as it did. I just assumed that it was about her when she was younger.
Saw Spamalot a couple months back as well. That was funny as all get out as well. Great stuff. I recommend them both highly.
08-14-2006, 01:30 AM
I knew I'd eventually have to post in here at some point.
I've always wanted to see this play for some time, but just lately I've had the urge to just totally waste all my money I've saved up over the last 7 years and have my family drive off somewhere where it's playing. I ran by the idea that we could go to CP, then drive over to Chicago, and see my uncle, and Wicked, but that didn't go over too well. We're supposed to be calling the theatre in Baltimore tomorrow to get tickets for January, It'll be the first time I see it if I go.
I've mostly been a book person on this subject, If you haven't read the Novel by Gregory Maguire, go out and get it, and read it, It's awesome! I've heard there are huge differences between the novel and the musical, but the themes are still there. For Example, it's a bit hard to tell the difference between Animals (intelligent speaking creatures) and animals (regular, confused creatures, like the ones in our world.) As well as that in the Novel, everyone always hates the wizard, right from the beginning, because everyone knows that he's the one dissolving Animal rights. Boq, I've heard becomes the tinman in the musical, where no such thing happens in the book. And from the music I've kind of concluded that Fiyero becomes the scarecrow. Is this true also? because once again, no such thing happens in the book. And also, is Nessarose in a wheelchair because she's paralyzed from the waste down? Because in the book, it's not her legs that's her problem, in the book she literally, doesn't have arms. And the slippers help her out by giving her balance and being able to crouch and such. It's interesting reading the novel, what with the humor and symbolism Greg Maguire put into it, example, Elphaba was born inside the Clock of the Time Dragon, and there are tons more things such as that as well. Understanding it is difficult at times, that's why I'm reading it again, and its even better than the first time I read it. I'm trying to get the whole picture on just how Elphaba, right from the moment she was born knew that water would not be good for her, and just how she understood the world right from the beginning. Quoting her nanny "you confuse [Elphaba] not speaking, with not listening." The book has so many different powerful themes, that I'm really looking forward to seeing in the Musical.
A few days ago I bought the CD, and Idina Menzel really is an amazing Elphaba, just as Kristin Chenoweth is a great Galinda/Glinda. I nearly fell in my chair just listening to "What is this Feeling." And listening to the music, It's interesting to see the total change of Elphaba from songs like "The Wizard and I" and how she goes from that to something like "No Good Deed." Neither of my parents have read the book, nor do they show any interest of wanting to read it. So I'll most definitely be keeping track of what they think in the beginning of the play with "No One Mourns the Wicked" and what they think of the exact same situation in the end. The change has got to be one that I will most definitely keep track of. Whomever did the main writing must have made it a flashback on purpose, to make people feel somewhat guilty that they agreed with all the Ozians in the beginning, and then realize it's such a tragedy in the end. Well, that's just my view on this whole thing. And if I do see it, I'll be certain to make another huge post about it. That's it for now, I'm not really good at closing off huge posts like this, so, toodles.
08-14-2006, 10:42 AM
I am obsessed with Wicked already. I heard a friends CD for the first time about a month ago and fell in love with the musical. Wicked is coming to Tampa in Feb so thats when i'll finally get to see it.
I still love RENT though. It's still my favorite musical and their coming to Tampa next month!
08-14-2006, 11:10 AM
I've heard there are huge differences between the novel and the musical, but the themes are still there. For Example, it's a bit hard to tell the difference between Animals (intelligent speaking creatures) and animals (regular, confused creatures, like the ones in our world.) As well as that in the Novel, everyone always hates the wizard, right from the beginning, because everyone knows that he's the one dissolving Animal rights. Boq, I've heard becomes the tinman in the musical, where no such thing happens in the book. And from the music I've kind of concluded that Fiyero becomes the scarecrow. Is this true also? because once again, no such thing happens in the book. And also, is Nessarose in a wheelchair because she's paralyzed from the waste down? Because in the book, it's not her legs that's her problem, in the book she literally, doesn't have arms. And the slippers help her out by giving her balance and being able to crouch and such.
That is very ture. They are completely different stories.
In the play, all animals are Animals, but they're turning into animals. In fact, animals are unheard of at the beginning of the play.
Everyone loves the wizard, through the whole play. That's one of the great things. Everyone loves him because no one knows the truth.
Boq becomes the tin man because he confesses to Nessa that he's never really loved her, that he's only ever loved Glinda, so Nessa casts a spell on him to remove his heart. Realizing he'll die without it, she begs Elphaba to save his life, so she turns him into tin.
Fiyero is turned into a scarecrow, just so that his life can be saved.
Nessa is in a wheel chair because her legs were "all twisted up" when she was born, The slippers don't do anything until Nessa begs Elphaba to help her walk, and she casts a spell on the slippers.
And I know that it seems like I've just ruined the play for you, but there's a lot more that I haven't mentioned, and I knew the entire storyline, all the twists of plot, before seeing the show.
If you want a great source of reference, get The Grimmerie. It's about $40 in bookstores, but it's well worth it. It includes the history of The Wizard of Oz, the process of making Wicked come to life, sections on costumes, makeup, and set, a section in which Stephen Shwartz explains the meaning and the inspiration for each song, and (most importantly), a section which includes about 75% of Wicked's script. The book doesn't give away the biggest twist, but it's a lot of fun to have around the house.
08-14-2006, 05:04 PM
Yah, the book is totally different. If you've seen the musical "the wizard of oz" the musical, not the movie musical, you learn that the tinman is some random guy who loved a munchkin maiden, the maiden's mother having never liked this guy took his axe to some witch to get a spell cast on it. We then Learn in the book "Wicked" that Nessarose is the one who cast the spell on his axe, so that the next time he goes to chop some wood, it'll continue chopping of his body parts. first it takes off one of his legs. But by good fortune he knew of a wonderful tinsmith that made him a new leg, almost as good as the old one. He goes back to chop wood, other leg gets cut off, on, and on, and on. He didn't however get the chance to get a tin heart, the tinsmith ran out of tin.
In the book Fiyero just flat out dies. No saving him, and Elphaba feels so guilty about it.
As for the shoes, Glinda is the one that puts the spell on the shoes to help out Nessarose so she can walk without losing balance and stumbling to the ground. Elphie gets so mad when Glinda gives the shoes to Dorothy without her permission. Nessa promised her that if she died before Elphaba, Elphie could get the shoes. And this no-good little girl is just waltzing through Oz not even knowing she's taking this amazing thing to the very clutches of the person it definitely should not go too. (the Wizard)
As for the Grimmerie that sounds pretty cool, I might wanna get that. But "Wicked" in itself contains a pretty good deal of information on Oz as well. It tells you about old fairly tale myths that some people still believe in. As well as the concept of the "Time Dragon." It tells you of the Ozma people who once ruled the Emerald City, until the Wizard shows up and ruins all their hard work. The book also goes into some detail on how Animals became Animals, and how others remain animals.
I'll most certainly be on the lookout for The Grimmerie now that you mention it. It's beginning to remind me of all the different -ology books, (dragonology, egyptology, pirateology.) Books like those interest me a lot, as you can see, I've never bought one but I spend all my time at the book store flipping through the pages and reading them, they're fun just for stuff like that.
Edit: One more question. Is Liir in the musical at all?
and one cool fact: One person who once played Elphaba, was Ana Gasteyer, yes the lady who always played as Martha Stewart on Saturday Night Live.
08-14-2006, 11:39 PM
Liir is not in the play, as far as I know.
Also, the Clock of the Time Dragon (a.k.a. Time Dragon Clock) is barely mentioned in the musical, but it is visible the entire time.
That's what you'll love, perhaps more than anything - the sets. They're incredibly detailed and handsome. But above all, they're really, really cool. The frame of the stage is the Clock itself, with a giant dragon at the top. The pre-show curtain is a map of Oz, complete with a glowing Emerald City.
Doctor Dillimond dies in the book, correct? Because in the play, he is only turned into an animal.
"Defying Gravity" is perhaps the best moment of any play in history, ever, period, end of story. It's tear-jerking how Elphaba is forced into wickedness by the people she once admired. The song is incredibly powerful, no matter who you are.
"Tell them how I/Am defying gravity!/I'm flying high defying gravity!/And soon I'll match them in renown!/And nobody/In all of Oz/No Wizard that there is or was/Is ever gonna bring me down!/Bring me down!/Aaaaaaaaaahh!"
08-15-2006, 12:15 AM
Yes, Dr. Dillamond is killed in the book. It's quite a bit of explanation since everything is so different.
Once the Wizard establishes his power in Oz, one of the first things he does is pass a bill that causes Animals to not be able to use basic public transportation. Bills keep on passing, and in continuing panic and frustration, Dr. Dillamond, being a scientist, and with the help of Elphaba, frantically tries to find similarities between Animal and human tissue. If he can find one, there would be no just cause for the mistreatment of Animals, forcing the Wizard's bills to have to be thrown aside. Just as he makes one tremendous breakthrough one night, without Elphaba, he supposedly accidentally kills himself, by cracking some glass plate, and mistakenly walking into it somehow, cutting his throat open, and leaving him to bleed to death. Though everyone is quite certain that it was one of Madame Morrible's cronies that killed him, One of her henchman doing work for her, as she was doing work for the Wizard. This is why in the book Elphaba dedicates her life to try and continue Dr. Dillamond's work.
As for her being wicked, that does not happen until the very last of the five sections in the book, when Dorothy drops in Oz and kills her sister. Elphaba runs off to retrieve the shoes to find that Dorothy has already gone off, with the shoes, and she has a fight with Glinda whom gave away the shoes without her permission. (they are rightfully hers, aren't they?) Continuing things such as these just keep adding on to her, not really causing her to turn wicked, but more insane in the last moments of her life.
08-15-2006, 09:43 AM
In the play, Doctor Dillimond is taken by officials during a class (right before "I'm Not that Girl"). As Elphaba sets the monkeys free after "Wonderful." As they fly around, she notices Doctor Dillimond under a blanket. Later, after "As Long as You're Mine," Nessa is crushed, and Glinda gives the slippers (given to Nessa by her father) to Dorothy. Elphaba arrives and the two women fight about the issue. Fiyero arrives and tries to save Elphaba, but is nearly killed in the process. Elphaba rushes off to sing "No Good Deed," in which she decides that she can only live if she is wicked. She rushes off, as the witch hunters enter and sing "March of the Witch Hunters." Glinda finds Elphaba at Kiamo Ko, where they realize that they will never see eachother again, so they sing "For Good." Elphaba is melted, the citizens of Oz find out, and Glinda goes to confirm it with the Emerald Citians. And Wicked begins again.
08-16-2006, 09:41 PM
Has anyone seen Jersey Boys? We are going to Wicked in October -taking 14 year olds- my mom wants to take them to Jersey boys but she's heard there's foul language- -another friend told her she never heard a bad word. would love some help on this one- Thanks in advance!!
10-28-2006, 12:28 PM
I hate to triple post, but "Grease" is opening next Thursday.
I'm in the Chorus.
I am in the bold scenes...
"Rydell High Alma Mater"
"Rydell High Alma Mater Parody"
"Those Magic Changes"
"Freddy My Love"
"Rydell Fight Song"
"Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee"
"We Go Together"
"Shakin' at the High School Hop"
"It's Raining on Prom Night"
"Born to Hand Jive"
"Beauty School Dropout"
"Alone at the Drive-In"
"Rock 'N' Roll Party Queen"
"There Are Worse Things I Could Do"
"Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee (Reprise)"
"All Choked Up"
"We Go Together (Reprise)"
I'm really excited for opening night. We're doing a wonderful job and it's all coming together very nicely.
11-05-2006, 04:53 PM
Grease was an incredible experience for me.
I strongly encourage everyone to try out for a musical. It takes time and it's a lot of hard work, but it's all completely worth it when you perform that one song that brings down the house (in this case, "Greased Lightning").
Our shows could not have gone better. I met a lot of amazing people who will be my friends until they graduate.
I apologize for the cell phone pictures.
First picture is the unfinished set with our REAL T-bird in the garage.
Second picture is the finished set.
Final picture is Sasha Smith, who played Rizzo. She's only a junior and she's already a better singer, dancer, and actor than Stockard Channing ever was.
11-05-2006, 11:35 PM
i have not been able to see wicked Yet. Though I do have the soundtrack. Defying gravity and Dancing through life are my favorite songs.
As for plays I've seen I have seen Le Miss, Cats, Miss Saigon, and Annie get your gun on Broad way. Phantom in Boston. Local performances of A chorus Line, Little shop, Forever plad, and A funny thing happened on the way to the forum.
I have performed in Your a good man Charlie Brown(chorus), Grease(Chorus), and Little shop of Horrors(dentist, Bernstein and a Bum), and My college Drama Club Just did a Broadway review were I preformed Why God why(Miss Saigon) and Betrayed (Producers). The rest of the year were doing standard plays but I personally prefer the musicals. Were in out sophomore season.
First Photo: I thrill when i fill A bicuspid - I dip one of the Ronets during Dentist!
second photo: she Knows the Drill - Audry hold up my coat as i put it on.
third photo: As i giggle and i chuckle like a sappy happy dope: I show up in my special gas mask.
11-07-2006, 04:33 PM
For those of you on the west coast, Los Angeles will host an open ended run of "Wicked" beginning Feb 10, 2007...I also highly recommend the show
And for you Spamalot fans - there will be no western tour as it is in permanent residence in Las Vegas at the Wynn starting this upcoming March. Eastern Tour is underway as we speak...and yes, it was the funniest thing I've ever seen on stage...ever....as we say in the business - David Hyde Pierce KILLED with "You Won't Succeed on Broadway"....
02-25-2007, 12:06 AM
Well, I finally saw Wicked about a week ago. Feb 16th to be exact, it was on tour, stopped in Baltimore, Maryland, the last weekend for that city actually. It was so good I already want to see it again. Our big family vacation this summer is to fly out west and I'm trying to talk my family into seeing it in LA. I was startled at first when it started, because it just plain started, with no warning. However 5 seconds after starting I was entranced and absorbed in the whole show until the last note.
There was a really good cast, I was surprised by how good they performed, the characters looked nothing like their photos in their biography. Of the main two, Galinda played by Christina DeCicco and Elphaba played by the great Victoria Matlock. I'd go through the whole cast, but I mean to keep this post short. Anyway, at the end of Defying Gravity I lined up at the Ozdust Boutique and bought The Grimmerie book and a very overpriced Defying Gravity T-shirt, but it's worth getting since the show is so difficult to get to and that's the only time you can buy it.
Act two started and to my amazement managed to better than act I, minus Defying Gravity. My most favoritest scene has got to be the scene in which Boq is transformed, from his normal character into one of the trio that meets up with Dorothy later. I won't post the ending but at first I thought of it as being a horrible ending and it destroys the whole point of the story, but then I thought of it as the part of the book that Maguire didn't write, and then I read one of Maguire's own comments about it in The Grimmerie, and he has a point, that the ending practically is the same ending as the book if you think about it.
In the end, there is no trouble at all to see how this has become one of the biggest hits of Broadway, The songs were all great, the story is one that no one needs to be informed of prior to watching, because The Wizard of Oz is just so well known, everyone should understand it. Speaking of that, I loved the plays now-and-then spoofing of the 1939 movie, what with their witty one liners and silly jokes, the comedic relief was amazing, and it certainly kept the audience intent. Put simply, I love this show.
02-26-2007, 08:00 PM
My most favoritest scene has got to be the scene in which Boq is transformed, from his normal character into one of the trio that meets up with Dorothy later.
I always forget about that scene, but it's one of my favorites as well.
"Save him, please, just save him!/My poor Boq, my sweet, my brave him!"
I'm glad you loved it. I knew you would, lol.
02-26-2007, 10:02 PM
I was actually thinking more like,
"You know I lost my heart to Glinda when I first saw her"
"We'll see about that!"
I don't know if this was the particular actor that pulled this off in the show, but when Boq just jumped up out of the chair and all of a sudden he was the tin man, he did it so tin-mannishly that it reminded me of the scene from the old movie where the Tin Man did his little dance. It was like, ok audience, if you haven't figured it out by now through the subtle foreshadowing, we're just gonna jump up and bite you with it.
Just got my ticket to see Lion King in Charlotte (coming back here for the 2nd or 3rd time).
Front row of Mezzanine is going to be sweet!
04-16-2007, 10:37 PM
I got to see "The Full Monty" last Thursday... in the third row... and that is NOT a play for the faint-hearted to watch in the third row.
But WOW. It was absolutely hilarious. I loved every minute of it. This play should have been a way bigger hit, but it had the misfortune of opening right before "The Producers," which, needless to say, stole all of its glory.
If you hadn't heard, the actors are completely naked at the end of the last scene. Although you don't (unless you're in the third row 0.o) see any junk, the mere sight of six physically unfit men dancing around in bright red banana-hammocks is pretty emotionally scarring.
Go see it as soon as you can get tickets. You won't regret it.
Just found out Charlotte will get Wicked next year!
I've been wanting to see this, I hope the tickets aren't rediculous.
04-18-2007, 06:05 PM
^Get your tickets the second the go on sale. They will fly out of the box office.
I just found out that DSM is getting Avenue Q and Putnam County Spelling Bee this season! :D
04-18-2007, 08:42 PM
I'm waiting on The Son Of A Witch play. I'd tryout for Liir!
04-18-2007, 08:45 PM
^Not gonna happen, Liir was omitted in the crossover from book to play.
04-18-2007, 10:08 PM
How? Son of a Witch is all about Liir?!
04-19-2007, 07:51 PM
OH MY GOD.
My high school is going to put on "Les Miserables" this fall.
OH MY GOD.
04-21-2007, 07:35 PM
I saw Spring Awakening last night. was really REALLY great. It's going to win best Musical this year.
04-22-2007, 11:41 PM
^No, I won't stand for that. Grey Gardens absolutely blows it out of the water. ;)
04-23-2007, 09:40 AM
Seeing Grey Gardens this week. It's not doing well at the box office.
04-23-2007, 06:11 PM
^That says nothing about how good a play it is. Some of the best movies never got much box office attention.
I saw Lion King last night and it was awesome!
I think Phantom is still my favorite broadway musical, but Lion King was very very good.
I liked how they added stuff that wasn't in the movie, but a few of the scenes just seemed like filler to me and it was already 2 hours and 45 minutes (with intermission). So if they cut a few of those down, it would have been better.
But overall it was great. Loved the guy that did Zazoo (sp?) as well as the guy that played Scar. Scar was always my favorite charecter in the movie. Does that make me evil? ;)
07-21-2007, 11:15 PM
Little shop of horrors has a cool ending when the plant stretches over the audience especially if our in the third row like I was.
07-22-2007, 01:28 AM
I can't stand the Wicked commercials on my local radio. I didn't in the past and then they just came back this year.
12-27-2007, 11:32 AM
Got my girlfriend tickets to see Dirty Dancing on Jan 2.
I never actually saw the movie, and not sure what I'm going to think of the play.
12-27-2007, 11:38 AM
Wicked is coming through Charlotte April 9th-20th
Hairspray in Washington DC April 15th-20th
RENT in Pembroke, NC on April 21st
I got tickets for Hairspray for the 18th, tickets to Wicked for the 20th then i head back up to Pembroke to see RENT on the 21st.
Should be a fun weekend. This will be my first time seeing Wicked & Hairspray. The 2 weeks later i head to Tampa for The Lion King which will be my first as well.
Now if i could only catch Phantom & Chicago in an area near me.
^ I think Wicked sold out the first day. :(
I hope I'm able to go, I really want to see Wicked.
There's a bunch on stubhub.com but I'm not paying $140 to see a musical at Oven's. I didn't even pay that much for Lion King and I had a great seat!
I looked on ebay too and they are running $300 and up! Yikes. I'll pass I guess.
I've seen Lion King, Le Mis and Phantom over the past 10 years or so (all in Charlotte). Phantom is still my favorite with Lion King being a close 2nd.
12-27-2007, 01:10 PM
Yes Wicked sold out in about 6 hours. I was one of the idiots standing outside the ticket window at 3am in freaking cold weather waiting for tickets to go on sale.
I would not pay that much either. I think you should just wait to see where the tour goes next year. It usually stops in close surounding states and cities. It won't return to Charlotte for 5 years.
I was talking to someone about that at Belk Theatre and they said that most of the big popular plays only come through Charlotte every 5 years which so far has hold true.
I first saw rent in Charlotte in 1996, then it came again in 2001 then again in 2006. I always have to go somewhere else cause i have to see RENT every year.
02-07-2008, 11:43 PM
I just saw The Producers at my college tonight. It was a touring one, not the school play. Tix were $10 for students. That was one of the funniest things i've seen in a long time. It was hillarious, and worth going to see. I have never laughed so hard.
02-08-2008, 12:42 AM
The Producers is one play i'm really looking foward to. I first didn't think much of it until i read up on it and heard a ton of good reviews.
I'm planning a trip to N.Y. this winter. First time ever in new york. I'm not really intrested in going anywhere. I'm only going to see Wicked, Lion King & Rent. I hope to squeeze Hairspray in there as well since i'll be there for 7 days. I do plan on going to see letterman as well.
I have been waiting to see these plays in NY for a long time.
02-08-2008, 01:05 AM
I am excited RENT is going off Broadway because then the rights will be available!
02-08-2008, 01:07 AM
Wait????? What???? I never heard about that. When are they closeing the show?
EDIT: June 1st is the last show :( This is very sad news. Looks like i'll be makeing a special trip to NY before June 1st. I will see this on Broadway.
02-08-2008, 08:55 PM
So Les Miserables was incredible, as expected. I played the Bishop of Digne, which was wonderful to sing ("But my friend, you left so early. Surely somthing slipped your mind. You forgot I gave these also. Would you leave the best behind?"). I was also Fauchelevant (the cart crash guy), a begger, and a student. "The Final Battle" was far and away the most fun scene I have ever acted. I can't even put into words how powerful it is to convey this incredible story onstage. If you EVER get a chance to be involved in this show, DO IT.
I saw Avenue Q at the Civic Center recently. It was fun, but I still cannot believe it beat Wicked. Without the puppets and some of the content, it would have been the most annoying show ever. It doesn't even compare to Wicked. Which was basically what I expected. I walked out thinking exactly what I thought I would think, if that makes sense. It's nice, but it's no Wicked.
Spelling Bee is coming to Des Moines as well, I believe. I hope I get to see that.
In the nearer future, though, I get to see a fresh-off-Broadway production of Twelve Angry Men this Thursday. That will be fun.
Our two Spring shows this year are Rumors and Treasure Island. I wanted Rumors, but I ended up with Dr. Livesey in Treasure Island.
I'm not really sure what else is coming. I hope our next musical is a good one. That's about it.
02-08-2008, 09:48 PM
Just purchased my tickets to see RENT on broadway before it's gone for good. Thanks for posting that it was closeing or i would have never know and been very upset i never got to see it in NY.
I really wanted to go see the last show June 1st but it was already sold out and the cheapest tickets i found were on Ebay for thousands of dollars. I even saw a pair going for 10,000 with bids on it. I think the finale performance is so high because i heard a rumor that the origional cast from 96 were doing the last show and all money was donated to a charity.
11-17-2008, 01:46 AM
Just saw Spamalot on tour. Came direct to my home-town too, so there was no hunting it down in the closest city 150 miles away like Wicked did.
So Funny and so worth it. I even found it better than the movie it is based off in some cases. They also tailored the ending of the show to the Hampton Roads area they came to in order to perform it here. "this person shall always be remembered as an important person in the history of Hampton Roads. Along with General MacArthur and Missy Elliott." as well as "People of the lower Chesapeake or seven cities or whatever the hell you want to call it."
The ending really made this show for me where I thought many places in the middle they were just stalling for the heck of it, not moving anywhere at all plotwise. But there were so many jokes in there to make up for it. If it ever comes back here or if I'm somewhere it's playing I'll do my best to see it again.
11-24-2008, 07:00 PM
Another quick Roosevelt High School theatre update from Des Moines.
At the end of last year, our director told us she was considering Rent, Assassins, Ragtime, and Jesus Christ Superstar for the fall musical. I think all of us thought that JCS was the least likely of the four. A couple weeks later, she told us that Rent was out, then we learned that Assassins was a no-go for some reason (still don't know why). The announcement came, and she said that for seven years, she's wanted to do JCS and now she has a strong enough cast, so we got stuck with that. :-( To clarify, I can hardly stand Jesus Christ Superstar. The music is dreadful, the theology is about as bad as it gets, the story is overtold, etc. There's really not much I like about it. I got called back for Peter, Simon, Judas, and Pilate, but I ended up with Matthew (one of the disciples) because of a conflict. It was a good production and everything, but it just wasn't as much fun as Les Mis (or even Grease my freshman year). After our home performances, we had a week of rehearsals before taking the show to Davenport (in SE Iowa) to perform at the Iowa Chapter Thespian Festival, which was so much fun. No word yet on spring shows, but I have a hunch that one of them might be Assassins (please, please, please, please, please).
In other news, I can now add Spelling Bee and Frost/Nixon to my Broadway shows count. We're getting Wicked in about a year, so that's very exciting.
11-25-2008, 02:48 AM
Wicked is an amazing show. I saw it in Tampa last year and Charlotte & Atlanta this year.
I also saw Lion King for the first time last year and was blown away at just all the work that goes into putting that show on every night. I'll have to check the Lion King schedule so i can see them again if they are anywhere in the NC-FL area.
RENT is coming to Charlotte next year so i am excited about seeing that one last time since i think 2009 is the last year of touring.
11-25-2008, 09:15 PM
Yes it is. I saw Wicked for the first time in Chicago in 2005. I can't wait to see it again.
I went to Lion King a while ago when it was in Des Moines. I agree, that opening sequence is mind-blowing.
11-25-2008, 09:36 PM
I know somebody who went to Wicked!, and they loved it! As for my Broadway experience I've seen Beauty and the Beast (Closed:(), Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors (Closed:(), and Lion King, which I also thought was pretty amazing!
12-02-2008, 05:00 PM
I saw Wicked last year at Pantages in Hollywood and it was soo good. I loved it!
02-01-2009, 04:06 AM
Kind of an odd post here, but I bought the original London Cast Album for Phantom off itunes just yesterday, and I've already been entranced by it.
I saw this show the first and only time when I was five years old and have really had nothing to do with it since, Then I saw Spamalot where they joke it a few times and I thought I should look it up. Now I really want to see it and can't get any info from the site on where the tour will go next. Since a vacation is a long shot away from now I'll easily settle for reading the book.
What book you ask? I always try to find the original story of anything I get into and as luck would have it, there is a full original novel which is now in Barnes And Noble's classics series. Written by Gaston Leroux around the time when people in france believed in spirits and their was a rumor that a ghost was haunting the paris theater.
I've noticed I've become a sucker for well-written organ music. The scary type. It's creepy I know, but start playing a good quick pace like what appears in the overture for phantom and I start melting into nirvana
07-22-2010, 11:25 PM
I saw Rock of Ages last night in Toronto and was blown away; it was probably one of the best plays I have ever seen. The music, the sets, the band, the girls...everything about the play was just awesome. I would definitely see it again.
07-23-2010, 03:53 PM
Wow, I forgot about this thread haha.
Last November when Wicked was in Des Moines, I got to see it twice. The first time, I was in the sixth row and I cannot even describe the amount of adrenaline going through me during Defying Gravity. I was sitting next to a friend who had never seen it before and I'm pretty sure he about had a heart attack. And then the second time, I got to go backstage after the show. It was one of the coolest things I've done. The bottle of green elixir? Store-brand mouthwash and a green glowstick. Yep, seriously.
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