"The Muffled Cries For Help From a Daddy of Four Beautiful Little Girls"

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Wicked. Awesome.

For Christmas Eve, our girls usually get to open one present. This year I wrote up several clues for a scavenger hunt. When they solved a clue, it would lead them to their gift. They started to catch on that the initial letters of the clues were going to spell something.


Cassie was less than thrilled at the prospect of something made of "wicker" but kept playing anyway. They finally found the last clue (started with "D") which led them to their individual presents, each related to the musical "Wicked." Wicked jewelry. Violin music for the musical. A behind-the-scenes book. A real-live flying monkey. Finally we revealed that they were also receiving tickets to see it together as a family.

I honestly can't remember if I ever posted about the musical "Wicked" after the first time we saw it last year.

If I didn't, I apologize, because it is absolutely the best musical I've seen to date.

Men who are reading this, please understand that when I use the term "musical," I'm using in the technical sense that it is a play and there is music and singing. Many of us are familiar with the broader sense of "musical" which also implies "goofy," "flamboyant," and "sequined dancing freaks singing nonsensically." If musicals generally make you vomit in your mouth, I'm willing to bet that you'll be surprised at how vomitless "Wicked" could be.

If you don't know anything about the show, it takes place in Oz. You'll find out about a baby that is born green, and through no fault of her own, she is hated by her father and shunned by her peers, no matter how hard she tries to do what's right. You can imagine how that might turn someone into a "witch." Opposite this pea-colored social leper is Galinda (as in the future "Glinda the Good Witch") who is tragically blonde, beautiful and in love with her mirror, her shoes and the new guy at school.

You develop a sympathy for the green girl, which makes you feel guilty for any negative thoughts you'd had about the Wicked Witch of West from the book or movie "The Wizard of Oz." You also run the risk of digging up long-buried guilt for the way you treated others in your childhood based on their outward appearance.

A good lesson for kids. (Totally clean performance. Didn't have to cover my kids' eye even once.)

Great music for singing loudly in the car.

Some laugh-out-loud moments.

Incredible costumes, scenery and technology that makes you want to get a tour back stage as you go home wondering "How'd they DO that?"

If you end up finding the show somewhere in your area and you discover that you have six extra tickets, I'm pretty sure we could work out a way to join you for a fantastic evening.

The winged monkeys were quite handsome. Particularly praiseworthy is their creative hairstyling, maximizing the impact of all 17 of their strands of hair.


javamamma said...

Handsome indeed are those 17-haired monkeys. (gag)

His Girl said...

a fantastic review of seriously one of the best shows I've ever seen. Glad ya'll enjoyed it too.

All the Arnold's said...

Did you give them their styling tips?

MLW said...

So jealous! We just missed it here in LA.

Stretch Mark Mama said...

It's coming to town here, too, and for the life of me can't figure out how to scrape up $90 a ticket to go.


And we're both people who LIKE musicals!

And as a side note, Lion King was awe. some.