Tuesday, October 04, 2005
saw wicked tonight. had purchased tickets in july. good seats (16th row). didn't know much about it other than it's good, it's in chicago for a few months, and i like the poster. yes, i am that easy to please. i was super surprised to see that ana gasteyer from snl was elphaba (aka the wicked witch of the west), and she was really great. i knew from her retardo choir teacher skits on snl that she could sing in a ridiculous theatrical voice, but she can actually really sing. i liked the story a lot in that it does for the wicked witch what star wars episode 3 did for darth vader: you actually see that history is a series of viewpoints, not facts, and that people will believe what you tell them, it's all about how you frame it. WOW - deeply philosophical i am.
i liked the weird misuse of language, i liked that you discover the origins of the tin man, the cowardly lion and the scarecrow, and i liked the sets and costumes. the music was good, for being a broadway musical (there was a song in the beginning called "the wizard and i" where i was like "oh, christ, this isn't going to be all about magical mystical wizardry, is it?" but i overlooked it). glinda the good witch was really just a perky bitch and the wicked witch of the west was really just misunderstood. a great concept. i have heard that the book is both awesome (dark, funny, racy) and, from others, a snore.