…Except everyone in the audience, like my mother who was sniffling throughout the second act (Hi Mom!).
Last Friday, my mother, a good friend, and I all went to see the musical Wicked. It was utterly amazing! I’ve listened to the original Broadway cast soundtrack before and fell in love with the music, but I hadn’t seen the play nor read the book.
(Has anyone read the book? Let me know what you thought of it!)
Listening to just the music, I never realized the depth of the story and themes of discrimination, love, and good and evil. Glinda (formerly known as Galinda with a “ga”) and Elphaba both spiral towards their ultimate roles as the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West. Each of them reach towards their dreams of finding love and doing good for the world, but circumstances skew those dreams as the women desperately try to hold onto them. As the bittersweet end draws near, their dreams aren’t quite realized, but there’s still that hope that everything will be okay as they continue to move forward.
Honestly, it reminds me of how Rachel and I are moving forward with our lives right now. She’s completely focusing on her writing, blogging, and an internship with a publicist right now, which is what she’s always wanted to do, but still sometimes feels as if she’s not moving fast enough. I have a day job that’s wonderful but isn’t fulfilling creativity-wise. Both of us feel a bit stuck where we are, but we’re doing our best and have some big plans for ourselves.
Seeing these two amazing young women — both the actresses and the characters — in Wicked go after what they want, changing and growing with each other along the way, gave me a renewed vigor for what I want out of my life.
So, let’s belt out some “Defying Gravity,” and let it motivate us to keep going!