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No One Mourns the Wicked…

11 Jul

…Except everyone in the audience, like my mother who was sniffling throughout the second act (Hi Mom!).

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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!

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20 responses to “No One Mourns the Wicked…

  1. Mom

    July 11, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Hi Krissy! …and I wasn’t sniffling throughout the ENTIRE second act….maybe 96% of it. 😊

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  2. tahenryauthoress

    July 12, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    I kind of felt cheated when I saw it. I was left feeling let down. Their whole rivalry, the whole good versus evil domination of the world, it’s all over a guy. What a rip off.

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    • Kris P.

      July 12, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Ahh, no, I didn’t get that impression at all! I think the guy was just kind of a bonus (and he had some decent character development himself, going from a dork just gliding through life to actually thinking of consequences and finding someone worth fighting for, but the ladies are more important at the moment). Rather, Elphaba’s motivation seemed to stem from wanting equality for animals, to not have them silenced. She believed that the wizard, who she would meet as long as she grew with her powers, would help with the animals and to give her the acceptance that she had never had growing up as a child. Fiyero began to fall for Elphaba when she wanted to save the lion cub, and I believe Elphaba began to fall for him when he helped her with the lion cub instead of freaking out over her using her powers. However, Elphaba wasn’t out to steal him, in my opinion — even when going to the Emerald City and then escaping, Elphaba always turned to Glinda to join her.

      Glinda’s motivation did seem to do more with Fiyero, but I believe she was of the mindset of having a perfect life. Being adored by the citizens of Oz, getting her way all the time, getting the perfect guy, it was always her plan for herself… Until that day in the Emerald City when Elphaba defied gravity. Glinda was trying to conform to what she thought society wanted and, upon Elphaba’s demise, took up the mantel of being what society needed — a good role model. She kicked the lying and scheming wizard out of Oz and, I imagine, helped Oz pick itself up while also leading in a way Elphaba might have approved of, such as equality for the animals.

      I think both of them were trying to follow their dreams and find love. Along the way, they realized that dreams didn’t come tied in neat packages with bows, but they persevered as best as they could, even beyond the play, I hope. Glinda wanted a life with the love of a perfect guy, and ended up with the love of the citizens of Oz, who put her on an impossible silver platter where she’ll always be playing the good role model. Elphaba wanted to help the people of Oz, but was always stigmatized because of her looks, and ended up having to hide for the rest of her life with a guy who was able to love her for herself. It’s bittersweet, with both characters getting the end that the other always dreamed for herself, and they both just hoped the other would be happy with what they chose.

      Anyways, apologies for the word vomit of a reply, haha, but that’s how I saw the play and I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much. I hope whatever cast you saw perform it had the talent to pull off the songs, at least! I wonder if the book has any other details and if you would enjoy that more? Although one of my friends said she read it and enjoyed it, but also mentioned how it can get really weird…

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  3. mphadventuregirl

    July 13, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    I love Wicked so much and their friendship is so beautiful. Elphaba is so complex, strong, courageous, determined, and smart. Glinda is funny, outgoing, complex, and popular. These two girls change each other for the better. Elphaba I see a lot of myself in her. Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero are my favorite characters in Wicked. The love triangle in Wicked is so fascinating and boy so complex and that plot twist is so unexpected. In so many ways, their love for Fiyero does test their friendship.

    When Elphaba finds herself falling for Fiyero, in “I’m Not That Girl”, she is aware that her best friend loves him and she accepts the fact that Glinda loves him and quickly gets over him even though she loves him so them both loving Fiyero does test their friendship.

    I read the book of Wicked after reading the musical and I hated the book. The book just didn’t have a huge focus on the friendship at all and I didn’t even see a love triangle in the book either. It was much darker and I just hated the book. It was just way too dark for me compared to what the musical provides.

    Wicked is the musical, which sparked my love for musicals and I first saw Wicked in 2006 at age 12.

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    • Kris P.

      July 16, 2017 at 7:32 am

      Haha, I love that you loved the play! Sorry to hear you weren’t a fan of the book… While I don’t care about love triangles, it is disappointing to hear that there didn’t seem to be much of a focus on their friendship. To me, that was the skeleton of the play! Did you read the other two books as well, or did you stop after disliking the first book? I may still try to read it just for the experience, but it sounds like it’s a book that I should take out from the library rather than buy on my own.

      Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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      • mphadventuregirl

        July 16, 2017 at 8:45 am

        Since I honestly hated the book, I did not read the other books.

        I love that the focus of the musical was the friendship. The love triangle to me added an emotional texture to the show. One thing I look for in a musical is complexity

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      • Kris P.

        July 16, 2017 at 11:33 am

        I don’t blame you for stopping after the first book. Good for you for going through the entire book, though!

        Love triangles are a trope I’m not too fond of, but I think they did it well in the play. It wasn’t too pronounced, in my opinion, and it also showcased Fiyero getting some good character development himself. The love triangle wasn’t just Glinda vs Elphaba for a guy’s affections — it showed the guy growing as well.

        Complexity is a must in any kind of show or book or what-have-you, especially if most of the story is being shown through song! 🙂

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      • mphadventuregirl

        July 16, 2017 at 2:13 pm

        Romance is one of the best parts about musicals in my opinion. It was something I became accustomed to in musicals growing up. The Wicked’s love triangle was also done well due to the plot twist that happened in the midst of it

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      • Kris P.

        July 17, 2017 at 7:44 am

        Romance is not a genre I actively look for — I prefer the romance to be more subtle in shows, books, etc. I feel as if many love triangles are rather forced nowadays. Wicked, I think, did it well because all three of the characters were well-developed and grew throughout the play.

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      • mphadventuregirl

        July 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm

        Love triangles in musicals I tend to be drawn towards in musicals if there is something that is unique in them. Elphaba after all is my favorite musical character so it makes sense that I love the love triangle in Wicked

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      • Kris P.

        July 18, 2017 at 5:36 pm

        I’m glad that you enjoyed it so much! 🙂 Have you seen many musicals? Elphaba still rises above everyone else, right?

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      • mphadventuregirl

        July 20, 2017 at 10:44 am

        Elphaba is my all-time favorite musical character. Wicked is not the only musical I have seen. I have also seen Newsies, Phantom of the Opera, Les Mis, Annie, Sound of Music, Music Man, Pippin, Mamma Mia, then there are those I don’t remember seeing like Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Oliver and Cats.

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      • Kris P.

        July 30, 2017 at 11:44 am

        I honestly haven’t seen too many live-show musicals. When we were younger, there was a certain birthday (maybe around ten or eleven years old?) where my parents took my sisters and me into the city to see a show. We saw Annie, Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas, The Sound of Music… and then Wicked. I think that’s it, to be honest, which is such a small list compared to yours, haha! I’m glad you enjoy them!

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      • mphadventuregirl

        July 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm

        I also do see movies of musicals and a nice way to watch them

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      • Kris P.

        July 30, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        Movie musicals can definitely be fun. Have you seen the trailer for The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman? That looks great to me! I like how they’re trying to bring back some musical movies to the big screen, like there used to be years ago (Singin’ in the Rain is one of my faves). I haven’t seen La La Land, but I heard mixed reviews on it.

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  4. bobaandgames

    July 14, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    I got to see this recently too. Great play!

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  5. Miss Peggy

    July 17, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I’m in love with the songs and I had the chance to see it recently. It was AMAZING ! It’s one of my favorite musicals.

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    • Kris P.

      July 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Ahhh, I’m so glad you enjoyed it! That was the same boat I was in — I knew all the songs but hadn’t seen the play until recently!

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