On Wednesday I was lucky to get to go to the opening night of the Broadway Across Canada production of Wicked. (Yes, I was able to watch most of the hockey game.) I have been looking forward to this day since September. The anticipation was building and I began to get scared that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations. Luckily, it did… and more!
Here are some key things I took away from the show (without spoiling anything!)
- Everything is explained. The Wizard of Oz makes so much more sense now.
- Nothing contradicts the original story that we all know and love.
- The costumes were so fun! It felt very Willy Wonka at times. We were a bit confused by the two male chorus members who always wore skirts.
- Anne Brummel who plays Elphaba sounds exactly like Idina Menzel at times. Natalie Daradich was a perky and hilarious Glinda. My fiance couldn’t stop laughing during “Popular.” I was impressed by both ladies.
- Only two negatives: a) The lighting was a bit distracting at times. b) Don’t expect to buy any merchandise. They had some of the cutest shirts I have seen at a show, but $50 for a little cotton t-shirt is not worth it.
- I believe in the power of the standing ovation. I only stand if they really deserve it. I stood so hard that I thought I was also going to defy gravity! (Sorry, couldn’t resist!) I think I may have even jumped up and down, and there may or may not have been a tear in one eye.