But the most exciting thing....the other night we saw 'Wicked', the stage play, for the first time, at the beautiful Paramount Theater in Seattle. IT WAS AMAZING. One of the best shows I've ever seen in my life. I had tears streaming down my face during the 'Defying Gravity' song, which is the big show stopper number. I had seen it on YouTube so many times, and to see it in person was just a bit overwhelming for me. Julia adored every minute. I wasn't familiar with the show plotline, and I haven't read the book, so after 'Defying Gravity' at the end of the first act, I thought the show was done! That's it, the witch flies into the sky. Show over. UM, THAT WASN'T THE END OF THE SHOW LOL.
The two girls playing Glinda and the Wicked Witch were flat out amazing, and the whole thing was brilliant, and now.....I'm going to read the book, which I've had ON MY BOOKSHELF SINCE 1996. I've never read it! I should just call this blog, 'Books I'm Going To Talk About That I've Never Read'.
I can't believe I've never read it! For those of you who don't have a clue about any of this, don't hand it off to your kid - it's adult/YA fiction age fantasy fare about the behind the scenes lives of the witches in Oz, told from the perspective of Elphaba, the green-tinted witch of the west. It describes her formative years and friendship with the bubble-traveling (and bubble-headed) Glinda, and then follows Elphaba's hardships in trying to save the magical, talking animals of Oz from destruction and discrimination at the hands of the Wizard, who is NOT a Nice Guy at all.
Have you all long since already read 'Wicked'? Or any other Gregory Maguire books? He has several books that feature his alternative takes on the so-called 'villains' from famous stories and fairy tales, like 'Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister', his retelling of the Cinderella story.
OOOOOOH, I have another picture, which sadly I can't show you, or I might get into trouble. I took a photo (which I wasn't supposed to) of the curtain inside the theater for 'Wicked' and I'm going to be a tease and not even tell you what it was, because I don't want to spoil the experience for any of you who haven't seen the show, and might in the future. But for those of you who've seen it, SO COOL right? What they did with that curtain? Julia and I were hopping with excitement. I'll give a small clue, because this play has been running for so long, I'm going to assume there aren't many secrets about it. The third photo in today's post.
Andrew didn't see the show, as he has a lofty disdain for most musical theater. He cheerily informed me about how "that 'Defying Gravity' song is really mediocre and not good at all". I had a hard time calming myself down after that.