Lessons Learned: Wicked.

“I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason,
Bringing something we must learn.
And we are led to those who help us most to grow, if we let them,
And we help them in return.”
~”For Good,” Wicked

You guys … guess how I spent yesterday evening? Seeing the phenomenal touring cast of Wicked. FROM THE FIRST ROW. To say it was a cool experience is pretty much the understatement of the century. I’ve been a fan of the show for years – it’s my very favorite of them all! – and saw it from the mezzanine at the Gershwin, but there is just no way anything can compare to being that close. It’s like the OzDust sprinkles out from the stage and bestows you with its shimmery glitter. Truly, it was mesmerizing. I will never not get chills when watching Defying Gravity and For Good performed live, and I totally don’t even care that today’s editing session was continuously interrupted by random lyrics running through my head. Seriously, it was like: “You don’t spend six years with somebody and simply wipe the slate clean … ONE SHORT DAY IN THE EMERALD CITY” and “Rejection’s sting lingers so long after the dust settles … IS THAT ALL GOOD DEEDS ARE WHEN LOOKED AT WITH AN ICE COLD EYE” and “There are a thousand reasons, but they all seem jumbled in my head, like Juliet’s favorite ball of yarn after she’s rolled it across the floor … TO THOSE WHO’D GROUND ME, TAKE A MESSAGE BACK FROM ME.” Oops?

Anyway, watching the show last night, I was thinking about all the lessons we can take from it. Parts of the story are sad, of course, but others are inspiring. Others hold these tidbits of wisdom:

1. Stick to the courage of your convictions, always. Don’t compromise yourself – or your heart – no matter what anyone says.

2. Appearances can be deceiving and things often aren’t what they seem. Be willing to look at situations through a magnifying glass instead of through rose-colored glasses.

3. Life isn’t black or white. It’s gray (maybe with a splash of emerald thrown in?). There are strands of good and bad, of purity and calculatedness, and sometimes you have to delve deep to figure out someone’s true motivations.

4. People come into our lives for a reason. They change our lives for good, and if we’re lucky, also for the better. Treasure these friendships because they’re sunshine for the soul. Our lives are interconnected like sentences on a page, like the bond between Elphaba and Galinda, and that’s a beautiful thing.

5. Pink goes good with green. ;-)

I’m curious: what’s your favorite Broadway show and why?


16 thoughts on “Lessons Learned: Wicked.

  1. Actually, my fave is Wicked too, and you’ve captured a lot of the reasons why in your list here. :)

    Other musical loves: Phantom of the Opera, Rent, and My Fair Lady (although I’m actually referring to the Audrey Hepburn musical, not the Broadway show). Jersey Boys was great too, actually.

  2. I love that show!!! So cool that you got to see it. I bought the soundtrack right after I saw the show and listened to it day in and day out for months :) Have you read the book? It’s a lot darker and more twisted than the show, but I did enjoy it as well.

    • I LOVE the soundtrack — it’s one of few that I can listen to every single song and truly enjoy them all. I’ve never read the book – my sister started it and said the darkness put a damper on the show for her, and I didn’t want that since I adore the musical so much – but I’m really curious about the similarities/differences.

  3. Aww Wicked! I saw it with Kyle a few summers ago, so good. :)

    My favorite Broadway show…could you have asked a harder question? (You might as well have asked what my favorite book is!) It’s a tie between RENT and Phantom of the Opera (they’re so different but I love them both like crazy). The Lion King is the most recent one I saw and it was just incredible, too. And I’m just waiting until someone realizes they made a terrible mistake and puts Beauty and the Beast back on Broadway so I can see it again. It was my first, saw it when I was eight so I don’t remember much, but I’m obsessed wtih the soundtrack and saw my high school’s production of it twice!

    • Aww, how cool that you got to see your first Broadway show when you were so young … I bet that has a lot to do with your love of musical theater now. :) I didn’t realize Beauty & the Beast was ever on Broadway. Fingers crossed for them to bring it back!

  4. wicked is such an amazing show, and the lessons you learned from it are so very true. I am so inspired by the music and story of wicked!

    rent is my favorite, hands down. it just reminds me of high school. and it taught me that life is short.

    • I think it must be impossible not to be inspired by it … how can anyone hear “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” and not be moved?!

      I’m probably the only person who’s never seen Rent. I love the music, though!

  5. Oh my goodness, I LOVE Wicked! I just saw it in Philly a few weeks ago and it was phenomenal. Apparently they fired a “terrible” Elphaba days before we saw it and the new one was SO good. I’ve seen Wicked twice in Philly and I’ve seen Rent on Broadway. I neeeed to see more shows!

    • Oh wow! I had no idea about the Elphie drama! :p We actually had the standby actress for our show – Laurel Harris – and she was PHENOMENAL. I never would have known that she wasn’t the one playing the role every day if not for the notice. She fell right into the performance flawlessly.

    • Oh, you have to see it sometime! The story, the music, the costumes, the set … everything is out-of-this-world fabulous. It’s an amazing show and an incredible experience!

  6. I love when a story – no matter what format it’s told it – leaves you with a life lesson. Although oftentimes we’ve already been taught lessons like the ones you took from Wicked, there’s something really charming about having them reinforced. I can’t say I’ve actually seen any Broadway shows myself. Thanks for sharing, Shari :)

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