My Wicked Journey

In today’s post, I decided to talk about my journey with the musical, Wicked. I have talked about the meaning behind the musical, but never talked about my journey with the musical in detail. There were be some holes in it because parts of my journey I don’t remember when they happened.

My journey with Wicked started in 2006. I was only 12 and my mom took me to New York City to see Wicked on Broadway. Little did I know that when I saw Wicked, it would have a huge impact on my life. I remember that my favorite song, “Popular”, was  the main thing I remember. I ended up buying the soundtrack after seeing it on Broadway. I don’t when it was, but Elphaba became such an important part of my life. The other two characters I fell in love with was Glinda and Fiyero. I remember that I always hated “No Good Deed” and “March of the Witch Hunters”. Also Wicked truly has my vision for musicals, which is a heartfelt story filled with spectacle, dance, positive and negative emotions in the score, comedy, romance and a strong emotional connection.

Honestly I don’t know it was, but I don’t know when I realized Wicked was home to a love triangle. But what I do know is that it had a relationship to the first and second time I saw Wicked. The second time I saw Wicked was in high school and I was more vulnerable then than the second time. I came in being aware of positive and negative emotions in the score. I feel like I already knew about the love triangle along with the main story of friendship and acceptance. I was more vulnerable in the second round.

Wicked actually was the musical that sparked my love for musicals. I began to understand what an emotional connection was, which clearly shows through my personal bond with Elphaba. As time went on in middle and high school, I realized just how much I related to Elphaba and that is a huge reason why I was able to begin to understand an emotional connection. I even began to understand that musicals have an emotional  center to them. The main songs where I definitely knew sad belonged to was “I’m Not That Girl” and “For Good”

The third time I saw Wicked, I was more vulnerable than the second time. For the first time, I began to remember the song that is not in the soundtrack, which is “The Wicked Witch of the East”. I still have been overlooking both Nessa and Boq along with the Wizard and Madame Morrible.

In my mind, “I’m Not That Girl” was still just a sad song and nothing else. Little did I know there was more to that song. I went for a third time because I wanted my dad to get the opportunity to see it and yet he gave me the better seat because the tallest guy in the auditorium sat in front of me. Also I was aware that the love triangle was fascinating and provided a wonderful emotional nature, but I was still confused at Fiyero’s role in the love triangle as in why does the plot twist even happen.

A huge part of my Wicked journey had to do with Les Mis. In the first rounds, I was already aware of sad, but I had no idea that one musical emotion was an emotion I was 100% blind to. “I’m Not That Girl” was just a sad song in the three times despite feeling more vulnerable to the musical. Well, Les Mis made me discover heartbreak for the first time. I saw Wicked a third time a few months after I realized heartbreak existed in the musical emotion, but still wasn’t existent in Wicked.

Enter “On My Own”, it took an entire year for me to realize that “On My Own” was heartbreaking. Well, I was able to connect “On My Own” to “I’m Not That Girl” when I realized both were unrequited love songs. It  took “On My Own” and memorizing the lyrics for to realize “I’m Not That Girl” is a heartbreaking song. But one piece of the love triangle was still hard to understand so I was determined to understand Fiyero’s role in the love triangle when I experienced Wicked for the fourth time.

I saw Wicked for the fourth time on January 30th, 2016. By having the new knowledge that “I’m Not That Girl” is heartbreaking, I knew I would feel more vulnerable. In addition, I was seeing Wicked with Gardner Webb, an university that changed me for good. I had an understudy as Elphaba and she was brilliant and so was Glinda and Fiyero was incredible.

I was determined to pay closer attention to him and “I’m Not That Girl”. By closely examining the lion cub scene, I was able to pick up on the fact that Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba in his days at Shiz, but seems so unsure of it, but it made me understand why the love triangle’s plot twist even happened in act II. Also in the lion cub scene, it was the first time Elphaba realized that she was falling in love with him, which affects just how heartbreaking “I’m Not That Girl” is because it doesn’t have room to be fully heartbreaking and is only moderately heartbreaking and the melody sells that. It took hearing rumors of Elphaba for him to realize he truly loves Elphaba and hates that Glinda is supporting everything they are saying even though she hates it. So he left her because he realized his true feeling for Elphaba.

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Well, the first three rounds I saw Wicked, I always hated “No Good Deed” and expecting not to remember or even appreciate the scene. Well, my Elphaba during the fourth time made me appreciate the song. I finally could pick up on its emotions, which is another reason why I felt the most vulnerable. I was to realize the incredible energy found in the song along with Elphaba’s anger and frustration after thinking she failed at saving Fiyero through her spells.

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So Wicked has had an incredible journey. It has deepened so much over the years in terms of emotions. The love triangle became more and more complex over the years and its emotion changed a lot based on the fact that “I’m Not That Girl” went from being a sad song to slowly building up to being a heartbreaking song. Yes, this journey has a few plot holes because I don’t remember when I discovered certain personality traits of Elphaba at what point in the journey. I still overlook some things. But without Wicked, the love never would have been sparked in the first place. All of these years made Wicked what it is and how I describe the different characters.

The link below is a review from the fourth time I saw Wicked

https://megsdailymusings.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/review-of-wicked/

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What Wicked’s Love Triangle Once Was Viewed

The Wicked love triangle is a special one to me because it was the first one I ever connected with. The love triangle was very different from the time I was 12 to the time I was 19. In those days, I saw the stage show three times. This post will talk about how I used to view the love triangle once upon a time.

Possible Spoilers:

I don’t quite remember when I realized I knew Wicked was home a love triangle, but I do know it had a connection to the first two times I saw Wicked, which was in middle school and high school. I remember in high school knowing that Wicked’s love triangle was fascinating and emotional, but I don’t think I realized why I thought it was both of those things. Before college, I already was aware of the plot twist that happens in act II when the unrequited love shifts from Elphaba to Glinda.

I honestly don’t know how much I realized “I’m Not That Girl” was part of the love triangle, but I definitely did not call it an unrequited love song and I did view the song as sad. I feel like I knew that these two women loved the same man, but at the moment he was in love with Glinda, but not Elphaba.

I don’t know remember how I interpreted the song, but I definitely saw the song as being sad so it was one of the first sad songs that really stuck, which is part of why Wicked showed me the emotional side of musicals. I definitely knew “As Long As Your’e Mine” was part of the love triangle, which is a love duet between Elphaba and Glinda and I did not understand the irony behind that song.

By the third time, I was very aware of the nature of the love triangle. “I’m Not That Girl” in my opinion was just a sad song and nothing else. But I was still very confused at Fiyero’s role in the love triangle. I did not understand why the plot twist happens at all. Such as why did it take until act II for him to realize that he loves Elphaba or why he broke up with Glinda even though I love how this love triangle is set up in the end.  “I’m Not That Girl” was developed as far as it could go so it just stayed a sad song during the third time. From the first to third viewing, I only paid attention to the songs part of the love triangle and not the spoken scenes connected to the love triangle.

But everything I already knew did prepare me for the fourth viewing, which was last year.

Do you love the Wicked love triangle and if so why? Was there a time where you interpreted it very differently then you do now?

Memorable Friendships in Musicals

I realized that I have blog posts mentioning memorable couples, families, and characters, but I have never mentioned memorable friendships I have come across. They have already been talked about, but never in the same place. Below is going to be a list of memorable friendships and I will explain why I love that friendship.

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  1. Elphaba and Glinda- this friendship is the first friendship that comes to mind when I think of musicals. The musical after all talks about their friendship and they start out as rather reluctant roommates and they form a close bond. Even when they both fall in love with Fiyero, they don’t let a boy get in between them. Even when Glinda is in a relationship with Fiyero, Elphaba does not try to steal Fiyero away from her and Glinda does not try to steal Fiyero back when Fiyero enters into a relationship with Elphaba. The song, “For Good” shows just how deep their friendship is and how they have touched each others lives and changed each other for the better.

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2. Jack Kelly and Crutchie- these two characters are from Newsies. Their friendship and bond is shown during “Santa Fe (Prologue). Jack is quite protective of Cructhie especially because Crutchie has a bum leg. He does not want Cructhie to end up in the Refuge because Jack knows through experience how horrible that place is and knows just how vulnerable Crutchie will be there. They are so close and they do sleep on the same rooftop. When Cruthcie gets arrested later on in act I after a big fight breaks out , it causes Jack a lot of inner conflict because he knows Cruthcie will be sent to the Refuge and knows his friend will be quite vulnerable there

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3. Newsies- I love the brotherly love they have for each other. They are like this one big family. Jack is the leader of them all. You first realize how amazing their bond is during “Carrying the Banner”. When Pulitizer raised the prices of the papers, they go on strike to stand up for what they believe in and they support each other.

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4. Friends of the ABC- similar to the Newsies, is the Friends of the ABC. They are from Les Mis. Enjolras is the leader of this group and just like the Newsies, they have a brotherly love for each other. This group is a political group and are planning an uprising in response to the weak government France has at the time. They are so passionate towards their cause and even when they know they are going to lose, they still stand up for what they believe in. The first scene you meet them as a whole is during “Red and Black” and each song they sing is full of passion and hope. But “Drink With Me” isn’t full of hope, but instead is full of sadness because they know at that point, they are most likely going to lose and most likely going to lose their lives.

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5. Rent friends- Mark, Roger, Mimi, Angel, Collins, Maureen, and Joanne form a very close bond throughout Rent. They are like family and even in the midst of fear, they live in the moment and in love. They do struggle at times, but they always remain close friends.

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What are some memorable close friendships? What is your favorite musical friendship?

Conclusion of Analyzing Wicked Characters

The past couple of days, I have spent my blog posts analyzing the Wicked characters. Some of these characters were characters I tend to overtook and some I love, but didn’t know how to analyze and one I fully understood.

In the case of Madame Morrible and the Wizard, I spend so much overlooking them and not even caring about them. I tend to forget about their journeys as well. I don’t even care about them.

Just like Madame Morrible and the Wizard, I tend to overlook Boq and Nessa as well. But through analyzing them, I realized that I don’t overlook them as much as I thought. They are actually part of the complex romantic arc that is in Wicked, which actually creates a love pentagon of sorts.

When it comes to Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda, I love them. They are characters that I am emotionally connected to. All three of them are part of a confusing love triangle. Glinda and Elphaba are best friends who originally hate each other. Fiyero and Glinda learn to accept Elphaba for who she really is and that is a huge reason why I love them. Glinda is outgoing, funny, and popular and Fiyero truly matures throughout the course of the musical because he does start out as being rather rude.

Elphaba is a character that means so much to me. She means more to me than Glinda and Fiyero. She is strong, smart, determined, big-hearted, talkative, courageous, unique, and believes in equality and staying true to herself.

It is crazy analyzing these characters if you only spent time getting to know three of them. So trying to write an analysis for Boq, Nessa, Madame Morrible, and the Wizard is crazy because I never really took the time to get to know them.

Who is your favorite Wicked character or characters and why?

Analysis of Boq

Boq is a character from Wicked that I keep on overlooking. I think that is very easy to do. For starters, he is a secondary character and he doesn’t have song of his own. Boq is an unusually tall Munchkin. A lot of his character revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Well, Wicked’s love arc is more complicated than it might seem. The past two days, I made it seem like Wicked is home mainly to a love triangle. Well, it is mainly focused on the love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero.

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Well, things get even more complicated now that we add Boq to the picture. Now it sounds like Wicked is home to a love rectangle. Glinda is so oblivious to the fact that Boq loves him. Boq is the character who would do anything to please Glinda. One obvious example is found during “Dancing Through Life”.  He asks Glinda out to the school, but Glinda not being in love with him asks him for a huge favor which is asking Elphaba’s younger sister out, who is disabled out to the dance. Boq seeing how happy this would make Glinda does as she says.

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At the school dance, Boq is not able to confess to Nessa the real reason why he asked her to the dance, which makes Nessa believe they are meant for each other. To continue to please Glinda, Boq continues to assist Nessa even when the Munchkins are imprisoned and eventually tries to leave to find Glinda after hearing that she is engaged to Fiyero. Nessa out of anger cast a spell on Boq, which caused his heart to shrink and in order to save his life, Elphaba had no choice, but to turn him to tin. Nessa literally makes Boq believe that Elphaba purposely turned him to tin, but what Boq didn’t realize that if he wasn’t turned to tin, he would have died.

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Boq honestly thought that Elphaba’s action of of turning him into a tin man was wicked so he became part of the hunt of finding Elphaba. But still, a lot of his story revolves around his unrequited love for Glinda. Still, Boq is hard to even spend time with and even analyze. I feel like the story keeps on leaning you towards the characters of Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. I still don’t know if he even has grown on me or not. Tomorrow’s analysis is on Nessa, who is another character I keep on overlooking.

 

Analysis of Fiyero

To be honest, Fiyero is a hard character to get to know. He is a character that doesn’t seem that complex, but in reality he really is. I already told you about Elphaba and Glinda, two characters that I love, and now there’s Fiyero, the last of three characters that I am emotionally drawn to. To be honest, I will do the best I can, but I cannot guarantee I will have a fully drawn out analysis of Fiyero.

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When we first meet Fiyero, he is rather rude and throws a book at Elphaba. He has been kicked out of several schools and does not seem to care about anything. He only cares about having a good time and partying at school and does not seem to care about studying. His motto is basically “dancing through life. We learn that he is in fact the Winkie Prince. He decides to arrange the students of Shiz to go out to a dance because no one seems to do anything fun around there. Galinda wants to go out with him because he is one of the cool guys and due to his prince status.

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In class, Elphaba seeing a scared lion cub casts a spell out of anger and for some odd reason, it did not affect Fiyero. The two run off into the woods to free it. This is one important scene. If you pay attention, there are clues that Fiyero might have a crush on Elphaba, but at the time he might not realize it. He still is involved in a relationship with Galinda, but in reality he might be falling for Elphaba. The way he is talking to her and interacting with her gives clues that he might be developing a crush for her.

Elphaba still finds Fiyero rather annoying, but at least he isn’t so rude anymore and Fiyero tries to get Elphaba to tell her why her spell didn’t affect him and in that moment she realizes that she is falling in love with him and was scared to tell him and couldn’t tell him because it was her best friend that loves him so that was a test of friendship right there.

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Then there is the train station scene. He brings Elphaba flowers. So there are hints in act I that he might be developing a crush on Elphaba. Act II is a big step for Fiyero. Throughout “Thank Goodness”, he hears all of these rumors spread about Elphaba and he is shocked by those rumors and knows they are not true. Just by hearing those rumors, he realizes that he loves Elphaba and breaks up with Glinda. So there is an unexpected love triangle plot twist: that the unrequited love goes from Elphaba to Glinda in the midst of it all and in many ways the love triangle tests the friendship.

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Fiyero is able to understand and see who Elphaba really is. He has fallen in love with her. During “As Long As Your’e Mine”, the two confess their love for each other. You never see it coming. So the hints in act I were essential to understanding why Fiyero left Glinda for Elphaba in the first place.

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After the whole catfight scene Elphaba almost was arrested. But Fiyero came to Elphaba’s rescue because he loves her. Because he defended Elphaba, he was sent to the field to possibly be tortured. Elphaba desperately tried to save him and she thought she failed. But at the very end of the musical, Elphaba realized she did save his life. But her spell turned him into a scarecrow, but Fiyero didn’t care because her spell saved his life.

Boy, Fiyero is hard to get to know. He starts out as a very rude and annoying and cool teenager and eventually becomes a courageous and mature young man. I feel like my love for him might come from the fact that he learns to see Elphaba for who she really is and comes from the fascinating and complex love triangle. Like really: what other musical love triangle is home to two best friends, which is also home to an unexpected plot twist?

Analysis of Glinda

Today, I will talk about Glinda. I don’t know Glinda quite as well as Elphaba, but I do  love Glinda. Glinda is complex and very funny and becomes Elphaba’s best friend.

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Glinda opens up Wicked. The scene is during “No One Mourns the Wicked” where the citizens of OZ are celebrating the Wicked Witch of the West’s death. Glinda eventually arrives by bubble and asks the citizens a question: “are people born wicked or is wickedness thrust upon them?”. She tells the citizens the story of the Wicked Witch of the West’s birth and that she did have a father and mother.

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One citizen asks her was she the Wicked Witch of the West’s friend during “Dear Old Shiz”. The rest of the show is told as a flashback. Galinda is from the Upper Upplands and you quickly learn that Galinda is popular. Galinda hopes to study sorcery while at Shiz. During a misunderstanding, Galinda and Elphaba became roommates and they are rather reluctant and they just dislike each other

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In Doctor Dillamond’s class, he cannot pronounce Galinda’s name correctly and that does seem to annoy her. He seems to pronounce it as Glinda not Galinda. “Dancing Through Life” is when Fiyero arrives and Galinda wants to go out with him because he is the Winkie prince. Boq asks Galinda and she wanting to go with Fiyero asks him to ask Nessa, who is in a wheelchair as a favor and Boq agrees in order to please Galinda. Now Galinda asks Fiyero and the two go out together and Galinda believes they are meant for each other.

Some students wanting to play a trick on Elphaba asks Glinda if she would ask Elphaba to wear this silly pointed hat to the dance. Galinda disliking her roommate so much agrees to go along with the students. At the dance, Galinda learning from Madame Morrible that Elphaba dropped out of her sorcery program and decided to give Galinda the spot and Galinda cannot believe her roommate decided to that. Elphaba arrives to the dance and all of the students poke fun at the hat. Elphaba tries to dance and obviously doesn’t know how to and Galinda does feel bad and joins in on Elphaba’s dance and creates something magical out of the dance. For the first time, the two girls bonded.

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After the dance, for the first time, the two girls finally no longer hate each other. Galinda shares a secret with Elphaba and it is rather silly. She shares her and Fiyero are going to get married, but he hasn’t proposed. Elphaba shares her secret of why her father hates her and Galinda tries to calm Elphaba and agrees to give Elphaba a makeover. Galinda is for sure a girly girl. “Popular” is a fun scene and is also a comical scene as well. She is obviously very outgoing.

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The next scene, Doctor Dillamond was taken away and in honor of the teacher, Galinda decided to change her name to Glinda because that was how he kept on pronouncing her name. Then there’s the whole train station scene and Elphaba has been invited to see the Wizard and she agrees to take her best friend with him.

In “One Short Day”, they spend the in Emerald City. When Elphaba meets the Wizard, she realizes that the Wizard has no powers and she does a spell to give monkeys wings and he wants to use them as spies to keep an eye an animal activity and Elphaba realizes the Wizard was responsible for the bad things happening to the animals.

Glinda tries to have Elphaba apologize to the Wizard and return the Grimarrie after she ran out, but Elphaba found a new purpose in life and Elphaba realizes that it is the Wizard that should be afraid of her. This is when the two girls each go two different paths: Elphaba finds a new purpose in life and Glinda does side with the Wizard even though I still cannot clearly figure out why.

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Now its the beginning of act II. Part of why maybe Glinda sided with the Wizard is because she was popular and didn’t want to lose that kind of status. But in this scene, she could not stand hearing those rumors spread about Elphaba. Fiyero didn’t like hearing those rumors spread either and Fiyero hurts Glinda even further by realizing through all of those hurtful comments that he loves Elphaba and breaks up with Glinda. Glinda goes through a lot of hurt and pain in act II due to what people are saying about her best friend.

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When Glinda arrives at the Wizard’s castle, she sees Fiyero and Elphaba leave together and she feels betrayed by both of them. She was in a relationship with Fiyero and he left her and Elphaba ended up falling in love with the man that she loved. In the whole catfight scene, Glinda and Elphaba were equally upset. Glinda for losing Fiyero and Elphaba for losing Nessa.

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“For Good” is the most emotional moment in the entire musical. Elphaba and Glinda have reunited, but it is the last time they will ever see each other. Elphaba asked Glinda if she will continue what she has started and hands her the grimmarie. Glinda has realized that only one friend has truly mattered and Elphaba only has had one friend in her life. The two girls may have fought at times, but they still have such a special bond, but still they will never see each other again. In so many ways, their love for Fiyero has tested their friendship in so many ways.

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At the end, Glinda believes that Elphaba has died, but Glinda will continue the work that Elphaba has started. Elphaba has changed Glinda’s life for the better.

To be honest, this is the best I can do with this analysis. I know this might feel less full than Elphaba’s. Glinda is complex, young, funny and popular. I will analyze Fiyero tomorrow, the last of the three characters that I love and I hope I can figure out why I love him.