I was so lucky enough to be invited to catch Wicked at the CCP when a friend of mine found herself with an extra ticket. It was supposed to be a family affair but her brother got sick (they suspect he willed it to being as he wasn’t much of a musical theatre fan) and since the ticket was pricey as it was, they would have rather given it to somebody else who might have wanted to see it. I was lucky that they had asked me.
I’m not the biggest fan of Wicked. I grew up listening to Oscars & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, Maury Yeston, and Stephen Sondheim and so I’ve felt that Wicked was a departure from Stephen Schwartz’s older work, which I love, like The Baker’s Wife and Godspell. But I came because I had strong opinions about Wicked and I felt that I now had this opportunity to see the play and base my opinions on the play as a whole, rather than just having listened to the CD of the Original Broadway Cast Recording.
I wrote about all my thoughts on Wicked here: It’s So Good To Be Wicked.
I’ll spoil it for you already: I enjoyed myself immensely. It’s not my favourite and I probably won’t put it up in my top ten list of musical theatre productions of all time or even plays, for that matter, but it would be hypocritical of me to say that it’s not enjoyable or that it’s bad.
It’s not my cup of tea but the play does have magic (literally and figuratively) and it has moments of pure delight. It was structured to deliver a powerful emotional response and by the time Elphaba (played in this production by Jemma Rix) takes to the air while singing Defying Gravity, I was shivering from top to bottom, electricity running through my whole body and revelling in the moment. It is a theatrical success. I was charmed and this musical theatre snob’s resistant heart had been won over.
I’m so shocked that the Philippines is having such a difficult time getting people to love theatre as much as I do. It’s such a magnificent and wonderful experience. We’ve had so many wonderful productions in the last two years when I’ve been attending more and more productions. It’s probably an economics situation but I really, really love going to the theatre. Probably just as much as I love going to the cinema.
Wicked may not be my favourite musical and I probably love and remember two songs in the whole play, but it has left an indelible mark in my head and in my heart. It has touched me and I am so happy to have been so fortunate to have been able to see it.
I hope to see more, and maybe if I’m lucky, in the future, offer something of my own.