Welcome to another Mosh Pit Monday everyone! You might think I’ve lost my marbles today but I’m all about appreciating all types of music here at Forever Falling Short and although I do like most of my music ‘wicked’ that’s not what I want to share with you today. You see, my fiance invited me to attend the opening performance of the stage show musical “Wicked” with her yesterday. I know, I know. A little outside my comfort zone but I’m willing to give anything a try. Besides, it was my first time ever going to a live theatre production. (Unless you count the time my fiance tried to make me sit through a DVD of “Oklahoma!” with Hugh Jackman. I fell asleep pretty quickly in that one.)
Unless you’ve been living under a rock (like me) and don’t know what “Wicked” is, “Wicked” is the untold story, or prequel if you like to “The Wizard of Oz” and how two unlikely friends became the wicked witch of the West and Glinda, the good witch. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.
The most awarded musical on Broadway has hit Australian shores and the opening performance in Brisbane was held yesterday, which I was lucky enough to attend. My first time at a live theatre performance and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Having an appreciation for all types of music I soaked it all in. The live music, the excellent vocals, great sound, fantastic costumes and special effects at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. The whole experience was magical. You’ve really got to hand it to the creators, cast and crew for the work that they put into a production like this. It certainly opened my eyes (and ears) to musical theatre.
After the show, I was a little speechless and spellbound (pardon the pun) to think that I could relate the story so well to my personal life. I felt very much like the Elphaba (wicked witch) character in that I was often picked on all my life for looking a bit different, just like her. It wasn’t until Elphaba was befriended by Glinda that she started to feel normal and accepted. A bit like me and my old relationship with drugs. My ‘Glinda’ was weed and it made me feel acceptable and like I fit in with the world. I know my story won’t end like Elphaba’s does though. You really should get to the show if you can. Tickets are available for the current season in Brisbane and will run until April 2015. Even if you don’t like musical theatre you will certainly get an appreciation for the hard work that goes in to something like this.