Most of us know the typical “Wizard of Oz” story.
Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West; a clear hero and bad guy. And, we never questioned it. Clearly, the lady in the pretty dress floating in a bubble is good and the green person dressed in all black is out to get us all. Or, so we thought.
“Wicked” on Broadway was an amazing performance and a great experience.
“Wicked” tells us the story of the Wicked Witch, Elphaba, played by Jessica Vosk. Elphaba, of course, always stood out because of the color of her skin. She was always bullied and unwanted; everyone always against her.
But then, because of a misunderstanding, she becomes roommates with Glinda, played by Katie Rose Clarke. At first, Glinda really doesn’t like Elphaba either and is upset to be roommates, but they end up actually becoming friends.
Both Vosk and Clarke were the highlight of the show.
In the land of Oz, there is a lot of injustice happening. The Wizard wants to take away the rights of the animals. The animals lose their voices. The professor, Doctor Dillamond, played by Jamie Jackson, loses his right to teach and then eventually his ability to talk. The Wizard also tricks Elphaba into giving the monkeys wings so that he can use them for spies.
Elphaba is outraged by this injustice which causes the Wizard, and the land of Oz to go against her while Glinda encourages her to just accept what is happening so they can both soak up the attention and adoration from the people.
This musical is entertaining, funny, and very bittersweet. There is not a single dull moment. It is a touching story that teaches that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and to always hear both sides of the story.