Hello folks! Throughout my blog posts this year, I will share the thrill seeking adventures I hope to accomplish one day. I am looking forward to providing you with information that will help you achieve your ultimate wish list! You will be happy to know that my latest bucket list aspiration has been fulfilled!
Last weekend, I took a trip to New York for my Dad’s 30th high school reunion. While we were there, we went to see the famous Broadway show “Wicked.” This performance was created by Winnie Holzman and Stephan Schwartz and shows in the Gershwin Theatre at 222 W 51st Street. This production was absolutely exhilarating. The performance was phenomenal and the characters executed their roles perfectly. From singing to dancing, there wasn’t one dull moment to the show. I was constantly on my feet, curious to find out what was going to happen next.
“Wicked,” which serves as a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” is based on how Elphaba, the evil green witch and Glinda (the nice witch) get their power. Elphaba is played by the incredible Jackie Burns! I can’t tell you what an amazing voice she has. From the moment she sang her first song, I was flabbergasted. Glinda is acted by Amanda Jane Cooper and she was spectacular! The amount of humor and emotion she added to Glinda’s character kept the audience constantly laughing.
“Wicked” is based on the book by the same name. The book is much more detailed and gets into darker aspects, but it provides good explanations that help clue the reader into the story. If you have read this book and then go see the Broadway production, you will understand the plot much more. Unlike audience members who have not read the book, you will have better justification on why certain characters and props are incorporated into the set.
While “The Wizard of Oz” makes the two witches appear to be mortal enemies…this is not the case at all. In “Wicked,” Glinda and Elphaba are actually really good friends. While they do start off hating each other, they find commonality and form a strong inseparable bond. They become roommates at school and share secrets that nobody else knows.
Ticket prices range from a variety of costs. The lowest price is about $79.00 per person. However, like many shows, they do hold lottery ticket draws for shows for a great seat at an unbelieveable price. If you are ever in NY, I would highly recommend taking a chance here. If your name is pulled from the hat, you can score front row seats for only $35.00!
Regular ticket prices depend on where you want to sit and how good you want your view. While I sat farther in the back, I still could see pretty clearly (although it was difficult at times to see the facial expressions of the characters). I would recommend getting as close to the front as your wallet allows; the expense is well-worth the experience. The Gershwin Theatre is very big and can hold over 1,900 people. The plot is well-developed and the set is extraordinary. The music takes you to a whole new world that makes you feel like you’re living a fairytale.
I would highly suggest this show to anyone. I have seen other Broadway productions, but nothing compares to “Wicked.” While this show is absolutely breathtaking, I would recommend watching “The Wizard of Oz” before seeing it. The story can be confusing and hard to understand if you don’t. You will find yourself asking, “Why the heck are monkeys flying?”
Overall, this was an amazing production. If you are interested in seeing “Wicked,” go online to the Broadway website or contact me at greinhardt.communication.com for more information. If you are unable to travel to NY, there is a traveling cast for “Wicked” that performs around the country. They are very qualified and pride themselves on fulfilling the same standards in NY. Either cast is immaculate and enhances the story wonderfully.