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My un- “Popular” opinion on Wicked the musical

The cool thing about art in all it’s forms, is that you get to interpret it for yourself.

Like viewing a painting, one person sees this painting one way- and the next sees something entirely different. When viewing a work of art like a Broadway show, this is certainly no exception. Going in, the dice are loaded since Wicked is the #1 musical worldwide several years running. Expectations are really high. With good reason.

The costumes, the sets, the voices, the music… wow. just wow!

There’s nothing like seeing live theater. Words just don’t do it justice. Neither would a DVD. Some things were just meant to be experienced in the medium in which it was created. In this case, a stage.

And on this level- I LOVED this show. And I don’t need to go on and on about that, because all you have to do is google it, and you’ll find a million reviews that sing the praises, with photos!

Here’s where I go off the beaten path.

The story.

And this is where I know I may have some virtual tomatoes thrown at me.

The story, although clever, really bugged me.

It was extremely clever on many levels. And since it was so clever, I have to believe that certain messages were there, very purposefully. It was in those underlying levels, I couldn’t relax. I couldn’t just sit there and enjoy the story at face-value, because I felt like I was being preached to.

Being a writer, I am all about story. When a story or a movie or a script contains a detail, that detail has a purpose- even a seemingly minute detail. All these details add up to create the scene, or the background, or the message that the writer is trying to construct. I knew I was being spoon fed a philosophy that just did not sit right with me.

Let the dissection begin-

Let’s start with 6 things I agreed with:

1. Not everyone starts off Wicked.

2. People (and girls in particular) can be ruthless and horrible – even to the point of those being bullied, turning to extreme measures in their own lives, to cope.

3. Those that try so hard to be good (for goodness sake) are ridiculous.

4. There are always two sides to every story.

5. Everyone has hidden talents that are waiting to be unearthed.

6. Dreams really do come true… (ah, but this was from the Original, wasn’t it?- as sung by sweet Dorothy).

Now, 6 things I could not agree with:

(some of these I take directly from the lyrics of the songs in this musical).

1. What you think is good, is really bad; and what you think is Wicked is really just misunderstood, not evil. – huh? That doesn’t even make sense written down in type

2. There is no such thing as a lie, it is just seeing things in a different way. My 7 year old tries to convince me of this almost daily…

3. You cannot trust in a father figure, because it is all a myth, just all smoke and mirrors (s0-to-speak). Haters. Contrary to popular belief, there are still some amazing, trustworthy men on this planet, and in this universe!

4. You cannot trust authority, because underneath it all, you know better than them- and they are the ones responsible for “holding you back.” They’re really just intimidated by your talent, and are using you.  Spoken like a true person in the unemployment line...

5. It’s ok to mess around with your best friend’s love, because after all, you can’t help love. Love happens to who it happens to, and must be followed like a whim. I can’t tell you how many times this philosophy got me in trouble back in the day!

6. History is not to be trusted. When a society believes this… the end is in sight.

So, there you have it.

To take one of the most iconic villans in all of cinematic history, make you feel sorry for her, make you fall in love with her, and then to turn her into the heroine, is such a great way to get these messages straight to your heart without it going through your head.

What would you say if I were to tell you that Hitler was not really wicked, he was just misunderstood? Would that be a Popular idea? Scarily enough, this idea is becoming more mainstream. 20 short years ago I would have been thought of as crazy. But it’s already happening, just ask the Jews/Israelis. Ever wonder why you will find holocaust museums worldwide? They of all people know first-hand how history can be skewed if not carefully kept. Osama Bin Laden- same thing. I was so sad in the months and weeks after 911 as I watched how, slowly but surely, people forgot what it felt like on that day when we changed as a nation, forever.

We go down a very slippery slope when we start to believe that there is no such thing as right or wrong- there are just misunderstandings, and differences of opinion. I for one, would not want to live in a world where people did not recognize the difference.

I did not become lovely by regurgitating a bunch of POPULAR ideas and Wikipedia.

As a matter of fact, it was that thinking that got me into some very horrible situations that took me years and years to “get over” and therapy to be healed from.

Part of being Lovely is learning how to think for yourself.

To pick up on it when someone is using the art of suggestion on you. To not be afraid to go against a popular belief when it doesn’t make sense. To be the one who stops and says… “wait a minute, am I the ONLY one who sees this man is wearing NO CLOTHES?”

Lovelies, whether you agree with me or not (about this musical) it doesn’t matter – but I implore you, please use your brain. All the time. And don’t be afraid to speak your mind- even when it seems the rest of the world (especially when it seems the rest of the world) disagrees with you.

Think, then speak. Use that amazing voice of yours!

Now you tell me… what do you think?

What shows/songs are popular right now that are ridiculous?