Do you know what it means when a full circle happens? I know that happened, and that was between Wicked and Les Mis. Why do I saw that?
For starters, let’s talk about my first experience with Wicked. That was back in August 2006. I was 12 and my mom went to NYC alone. Part of it included seeing Wicked on Broadway. All I can remember is that I was with mom and that “Popular” was my favorite song. That musical sparked my love for musicals. I was able to understand emotional connection and discover the complex and emotional side to musicals: the core emotions were excitement, love, joy, and sad (which I thought I knew). I had no idea how much one musical would challenge everything I knew about in musical theatre.
Where does Les Mis come into play? While Wicked sparked my love for musicals, Les Mis turned that love into a passion. I believe that if Wicked never entered my life, there is no way Les Mis would have been able to happen.
I think things truly came full circle when I saw Les Mis in the West End. That date was July 30th, 2015. Just like with Wicked, an incredible theater district and once again it was a date with my mom. Those two musicals combined are where my passion truly comes from. By the time I saw Les Mis in the West End, I had already seen the film, the 25h concert, and the stage show three times. It was because of Central Piedmont Community College’s production that made me develop a dream of seeing the show in London.
There is one other way things came into full circle with Wicked and Les Mis. My university home is Gardner Webb. In January 2016, I ended up seeing Wicked with GWU. The next year, I saw Les Mis on November 5th, 2017. So, I was able to see both with my university, a school that changed me for good.