Back at CCP, I came as an audience member this time rather than a performer to watch the broadway musical Wicked! I’ve been hoping for such a long time to watch the untold of the story of the witches of Oz. When word spread that it was coming to Manila, I immediately asked my parents for tickets. Actually, I wasn’t supposed to come and see the musical, but luckily my mom got tickets for me and my friend Patricia to watch last saturday. I guess she understood how much I wanted to see it!
Photo by Rappler
Months before they came here I started to familiarize or ‘study’ the songs from Wicked. I already knew two: Defying Gravity and For Good. Right now, I can honestly say that I listen to songs from Wicked rather than anything else: When I wake up, during car rides and even in the shower.
I figured out why people don’t tell me the story of Wicked when I ask them: because it’s very complicated and they would just spoil it. The plot line of this musical is so smart and interesting and I never took my eyes off the stage. The stage set was so different to what it looks like when the theatre is bare. The lights and effects were just breathtaking especially when Elphaba and Glinda arrived at the Emerald city. There were so many lines said that made the house giggle and other parts that surprisingly made me teary eyed.
And let’s not forget their voices. Knowing that the cast sang live throughout the whole play is just astonishing because they sounded so pure. The harmonies between each performer were bang on and I questioned how they were so lively even while dancing and singing at the same time. Both Jemma Rix as Elphaba and Suzie Mathers as Glinda belted out their songs so effortlessly. I’m just wishing for a voice like theirs!
Photo by Rappler. (L-R: Jemma Rix, Suzie Mathers)
I know I don’t have much pictures but I think it was totally worth a blog post. My expectations were high but the musical went through the roof. I’m not spoiling anything because it’s something you have to watch to understand. Now I’m off to do my homework! Thanks again to my parents for getting me tickets, and Patricia for coming with me to watch it. Now we’re both obsessed. Those who are going to watch Wicked for the first time, you’re in for a treat. Indeed, Wicked was the best broadway musical I’ve seen yet.