A Fourteen year love and one of the most obvious musicals I love. It was only August 2006 when my mom and I went to NYC. Little did I know when I talked into Gershwin Theater that my life would be changed for good. Wicked is not just any musical that entered my life- it was a huge step in my life especially in my musical journey. In so many ways, Wicked truly was the beginning of my musical theater journey, and it also sparked my love for musicals.
You can NEVER love a musical without incredible songs. Wicked’s songs are amazing and covers all five core emotions: exciting, love, joy, sad, and heartbreak. From the exciting “One Short Day” to the empowering “Defying Gravity” to the love “As Long as Your’e Mine” to the heartbreaking “I’m Not That Girl” to the bittersweet “For Good”. Wicked was the musical where I first began to understand the emotional side of musicals. “I’m Not That Girl” was the first sad song that actually stuck with me-yes, it was only a sad song in the beginning (it took a while till it became the song it is today).
Characters: POSSIBLE SPOILERS
Wicked has a colorful collection of characters, but I am only emotionally to three. They all truly develop as the storyline continues.
Elphaba- strong, brave, unique, misunderstood, fiercely protective of her younger sister (Nessa), has powers she doesn’t know how to control, believes in equality and staying true to yourself. Fun fact: Elphaba is my favorite musical theatre character
Glinda-popular: I find her hard to describe, but still love her. By the end, she was able to realize that out of all her friends only one truly mattered and that was Elphaba
Fiyero-starts off as a jerk, but eventually becomes this mature and courageous young man.
Plot: Major Spoilers
In simple terms, it is about the beautiful and powerful friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. When they first meet, those two literally hate each other, but eventually become best friends and do change each others lives. When Glinda made a dance special for Elphaba, that is when those two truly bond and become friends. Glinda does not like it when people are spreading rumors about Elphaba and say that she is “Wicked”- it hurts her a great deal.
On top of this friendship, there is a love triangle found between Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda. In in a way, it strengthens their friendship. This love triangle is so complex: in act I, Elphaba has unrequited love for Fiyero, but in act II, Glinda ends up with act II, but in both scenarios the two friends don’t try to steal Fiyero away from each other: that shows their loyalty: they don’t let a boy get in the way of their friendship. I think this love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. At the same time, you are questioning Fiyero- as in when did this love for Elphaba even come from, did it start at Shiz- lots are coming through your mind- you have to closely examine Fiyero to get a clearer view of what on earth is going on.
About the love triangle: Wicked was also the first musical where I emotionally bonded to a love triangle. I was able to finally pick up on a love triangle due to Wicked.
Another reason why I love Wicked is due to the overall look of it. From the set to costumes to the spectacle, I love watching it. Everything about it makes you feel like you have been transported into OZ. Even a silly dance can feel magical- during “Dancing Through Life”- at the school dance, when Elphaba arrives, she tries to dance and it looks rather silly, but Glinda decides to makes something magical out of it. Literally- it is something worth seeing for the overall look. I love those costumes- from Glinda’s “Popular” pink dress to Elphaba’s act II dress to Fiyero’s “As Long as Your’e Mine” costume-they are incredible.
Wicked not only made me understand emotional connection through song, but through the entire musical. It was also where I first picked up on the complex side as well- that was due to finally being able to notice multiple storylines. The emotional connection being picked up through song was noticed due to sad coming to the forefront: Wicked was that musical- sad became one of the core emotions. But why did I pick up on emotional connection through the entire musical: well, I think it had something to do with loving two storylines and the characters involved. I saw Wicked twice before college began. Wicked started everything: understanding the complex and emotional side, which is essential- the best musicals tend to have positive and negative emotions.