My wicked obsession

January 28, 2009 at 3:59 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Ever since seeing Wicked in December, I’ve been more than a bit obsessed. I purchased a ticket to a second show, which I attended Sunday.

I’ve been obsessed with the show.
Obsessed. I’ve listened to certain songs 50 times, if I’ve listened to them once. I sing these same few all the time.

It’s not the story that has got me, even though I do really, really like the story.

It’s two things:
a) the part was written for my voice musically. If I was 20 years younger, I could be Elphaba.
b) the lyrics to several of the songs just pack such a punch for me. They are, for totally different reasons than how they serve the plot, my songs.

I’m not sure why I found it necessary to share that but I did.

Still and all, I need to get this show out of my head.



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  1. I had a similar response to the show when we saw it a few years ago — except for the part about my voice, though I do love singing Elphaba’s songs. I’m glad you wrote it down. Maybe that will help.

  2. I know that I am the last person on the face of the planet who has not seen this show, even though I know some of the songs. And it just ended its run in the City With Big Shoulders…le sigh.

    WG has seen it twice. Without me. Unfair.

  3. I couldn’t finish Wicked, although every one else I know who’s read it has just loved it. But I can still relate to the obsession–when I find a new show I like, I listen and listen and listen. I’ve had a thing for narrative songs since my parents got me Cinderella when I was a kid. The character development and the language–I love it all (in musicals, generally, I mean).

  4. One of my best friends — gone. Wicked-land. She saw the show in the fall and has seen it now 8 times and wants me to fly to SF in March to see it with her. She has found a whole community of people on LJ. You are not alone. Can’t wait to see it.

  5. I would LOVE to see Wicked. Sadly, hasn’t happened yet. Love the music though…

  6. i haven’t seen wicked, although daughter and i NEED to.

    here’s a story from the SF newspaper today — patty duke is beginning a performance in the long-running local production:

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