Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Awesomely Wicked

Jake and I had our 6th anniversary on the 10th of June --while I was in Utah. We celebrated it over a week later and went to see the musical Wicked while the touring company is playing in Dallas.
I have to be honest in saying that I wasn't all that excited to go. Regrettably, I read the book. Those are hours of my life that I'll never get back but will spend my life wishing I could. It's on my personal list of worst books of all time. I'd been told over and over that the musical is loosely based on the book, and is clean, fun, and fantastic. But still, one doesn't get over preconceived notions very easily. I told Jake that if he would get the tickets, then we could go for our anniversary. I figured the chances were low that he would remember in time.
I was wrong.
I'm so glad I was wrong.
First of all, we have not been to a big show like this in a long time. The last any kind of live show that wasn't free would have taken place in Utah, before Tessa was born. When your husband's occupation is student, it's hard enough to justify paying a babysitter, let alone anything more elaborate than a movie. It was a lot of fun to get (semi) dressed up to go to a production again.
Secondly, it was a really great show. There is something other worldly about being in the presence of incredible talent. The voice on the Wicked Witch/Elphaba was simply gorgeous, and when she slammed out some of those power notes..... goosebumps, tears welling. The cast was absolutely impressive in every way they were supposed to be, including the musicians in the pit. I left happy--even with burned and blistered feet. (Ugh. A story I will spare you.)
What a great way to celebrate an anniversary (the show, not the feet). Thank you, Husband.

9 comments:

adrienne said...

I'm glad to hear you liked the play. I've read the book too, and also hated it, so I've been a little leery about seeing the play that everyone seems to rave about so much. Happy belated anniversary, btw.

Krista said...

That was one of the (very) few (under five) books that I started and refused to finish. I have yet to see the production, but I have heard it is great. Lucky you! Happy Anniversary!

Ashley said...

Oh, how I love Wicked! Never read the book & don't plan on ever reading it. The musical is so fabulous though!

Fun Utah pics. Looks like you guys had a great trip. I love Utah trips. :)

Maranda said...

I have wanted to see that show for a few years now. Hopefully they will come back to Utah. Glad you got to enjoy your anniversary:)

Kerianne said...

JEALOUS!

Kelley Rae said...

I <3 Wicked SO much. I'm so glad you gave it a chance! Happy Anniversary! :)

Jen said...

happy anniversary! I am so glad you went. I had the opposite problem where I knew the musical wicked and expected the book to be the same and ended up skimming most of it and hated it. but the musical will always be amazing ;)

The Egans said...

I haven't seen Wicked, but hear everyone go on and on about how much they loved it, so I hope I get to see it someday. Happy Anniversary!

PixieGirl said...

Fun for you! It's nice that our first impressions of something don't always last:)