As a matter of fact, pink is my favorite color. My favorite outfit that Glinda wears is the dress that she wears during Popular. Popular is my favorite song from Wicked because the main thing I remember about seeing Wicked on Broadway with my mom in 2006 was the fact that the song, Popular, was my favorite song from the show. So Popular has a wonderful connection to the first time I ever saw Wicked. Whenever I see Wicked, Popular makes me feel like a twelve year old the most even though the rest of it makes me feel the same age.
I find Popular to be a very special song from Wicked. This songs happens after Dancing Through Life. Both Glinda and Elphaba bonded during Dancing Through Life when Glinda made something special out of Elphaba’s dance. But Popular is really the moment where the two start to become best friends. The friendship found between Elphaba and Glinda is the core of Wicked. The friendship in Wicked gives me a bigger emotional connection than the love triangle.
The scene leading up to Popular is interesting as a matter of fact. The two girls share a secret with each other. Glinda is quite crazy in what she said because she said that Fiyero and her are going to get married, but it is funny because he hasn’t proposed. Well, one big reason why I love Glinda is her comic nature. Elphaba shares something very personal to Glinda. She explains her family situation. She explains that her father hates her because for one she is green and because he blames her for why her mother died and why Nessa is disabled. That was all due to because her father feared Nessa would turn out green so he made her mother eat milk flowers. Well, Glinda tries to explain that it wasn’t her fault.
In Popular, Glinda decides to try to give Elphaba a makeover. It is a very funny song in the musical. Glinda wants to help Elphaba feel more accepted. Well, this is really the moment where you realize that they will become friends. At the end, Glinda says “pink goes good with green” hoping to make Elphaba more beautiful since she is well green. In an acting class, I once performed Popular and this is quite a fun song. Glinda is my favorite comic character in the world of musicals and she is the main form of comedy in Wicked.
Boy, this song is hard to analyze. It just has special meaning to me due to it being my favorite song from the musical as a twelve year old.
What are your thoughts on this song?