Wicked has become one of my favorite musicals over the past year. I’ll admit that prior to giving it a real chance, I had my doubts about whether or not I’d like it. But goodness’s sakes… now Wicked has become a part of my life that will not ever leave me (but I don’t mind).
Honestly, I absolutely love the human, realistic feel to the musical. There is just something so real about all of the emotions portrayed there and I think that it’s absolutely splendid. The relationship between Elphie and G(a)linda is one of the most entertaining and yet heartbreaking parts of the musical. I must say that the more I listen to Wicked and “No One Mourns the Wicked”, I discover something new. And that is something wonderful and utterly amazing.
Also, Elphie is just one of the most wonderful characters in musical theatre, in my opinion. She’s so sweet and relatable. I just love her. She has some really beautiful songs too.
Because this has basically turned into just a gush about how much I love Wicked, I thought that I’d talk about how I came to listen to it for the first time. One of my favorite musical actors is Mark Seibert, a German theatre actor and he actually played Fiyero in the original German production of Wicked. So I decided to listen to his version of “Dancing Through Life” (“Tanz durch die Welt” [Which literally translates to “Dancing through the World”]) and from there I listened to the other songs in German. From there, I just really fell in love with Wicked.
But I also owe some of my love for the German language to Wicked. If it were not for stumbling upon the fact that Mark Seibert had played Fiyero, I may never have listened to Wicked and I might never have reinitiated my German learning. So there’s that too.
All-in-all, I just really love Wicked. It’s a beautiful musical and I’m so glad that it’s a part of my life.
What are your thoughts on Wicked?