And now for something completely different. Last night I took my niece and nephew to see Wicked at the Buell Theater in Denver. Wow! What an amazing experience. All three of us came out raving about how wonderful it was.
If you have been living in a cave like me (well artistically speaking), here is the story. The musical covers the friendship of the wicked witch of the west, Elphaba, and Glinda the good witch of the north. The witches meet in school and become friends. After their schooling, they go off to see the wizard. But the wizard of Oz turns out to be not so wonderful after all. The choices made by the young witches sends their lives in different paths and provides a background for the events in the Wizard of Oz.
The sets and lighting are amazing, like nothing I have ever seen. And the singing ... wow. A special shout out to Chandra Lee Schwartz who played Glinda. Great acting and flawless singing. My niece was particularly impressed with Merideth Kay Clark who is the stand in for Elphaba and performed last night. Finally, I also wanted to say I like how the songs are such a key part of the story. In older musicals like Oklahoma, for example, the songs are just musical interludes. In Wicked, much of the story is told through song which I found very enjoyable.
Here are some links to give you a taste of what the show is like.