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WICKED

By: Caitlin Hoffman
For BiggerThanBeyonce.Com

I’d heard the soundtrack. I knew the story. I could sing some of the songs by heart. Wicked always fell in my list of favourite modern musicals. It encompassed everything I loved about a good story with good song. It hailed the misfit, loved the animals, and brought intense character and resounding depth to every person portrayed. Did I mention the music?

I never thought I’d get a chance to see it live. And I’m glad I got proved wrong.

What is Wicked? To put it plainly, it’s a musical based on a book that asked the question, “What if the Wicked Witch of the West wasn’t so wicked after all?”. The result is a dark, sensual, moving piece that plucks every little heartstring until you feel emotionally exhausted. Whether the tone is rousing, giddy, pensive or breaking, it puts your brain into overdrive. The whole time I was on the edge of my seat, breathless, and completely bereft. I wanted to seal the memories safe in my mind, ready to be reopened for future use.

My Wicked experience had Natalie Daradich playing the bubbly Glinda, and Anne Brummel as the painfully relatable Elphaba. I worried that the lead players couldn’t hold a candle to the performance of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, but they were phenomenal (dare I say, they were even better).

I understand that not everyone can afford the hefty price of a theatre ticket (trust me, if my mommy weren’t so nice, I wouldn’t have been able to go). But at the very least, snatch yourself a soundtrack. Though the visuals on stage will steal the air from your lungs, the music itself will manage the same.

Grab your broomsticks, kids! Don the pointy hats, the green hue, and the dare to defy gravity! You’ll thank me for it later.