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Saturday, November 3, 2012

I'm Going to be Popular

Last night was the best night I've had in a LOOOONG time. This one time my friend Nicole invited me to go with her family to go see Wicked in Seattle. I said OK, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I knew so many people who loved it though so I was curious. I had read a few pages of the book a few years ago and didn't like it at all, but I had heard the play wasn't like the book at all which was good.

We left for Seattle around 3:30, got stuck in a 'bit' of traffic but it wasn't awful, at least we were rolling most of the time. Finally we arrived at the Cheesecake Factory, I've never eaten there and let's just say it's a really good thing there isn't one around here otherwise I would weigh 400 pounds and I would be broke. No joke I would eat cheesecake for every meal....well....I would intersperse it with Chinese lettuce wraps and other good food.

Anyways after eating we left and we got to go through one of those revolving doors, it's fun to see two grown men go through those things together, just saying if you ever experience that you won't be disappointed. We started walking towards the theater, there were outside roofs and the sidewalks sparkled. Even just walking to the theater was exciting.

We found our seats and sat patiently waiting for the show to start. It started off on a creepy note for me with the freaky flying monkeys that just scared me eeeeeek. But it got better real quick. I had no idea how much time had passed, it seemed like the play was 10 minutes long, it was SO good. I loved how funny it was and it had a great message and was just really cute and I thought family friendly (maybe not young kids who might get scared at let's say, flying monkey humans, dragons that don't make since that spit fog and have glowing red eyes, or the huge contraption the Wizard lives in).

I didn't want it to end, I loved the twists and the different perspective. I have never really liked the Wizard of Oz but this was a sort of prequel to it. It showed how GAlinda the good and Elphelba the "wicked witch of the west" met and how they grew up together. Ahhhh I want to go back right now!!
After the intermission was when Dorthy's story started but it didn't show her story, but it shifted the focus to the two 'witches' while Dorthy was in Oz. It explained how the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion came to be which I thought was clever.

Take my advice, go see it ASAP, I want to go see it everyday, maybe I'll sneak my daily piece of cheesecake to enjoy them at the same time, soon enough I'll be stuck in the tiny theater seats :)

This is a testament to how much I liked it, I loved each song they sang. I might have the soundtrack on 'order'.

Here are some super hi quality photos from the night:
 Before the Play
 The map of Oz and the freaky dragon. And the mean lady who doesn't let people take pictures of their group during intermission.
 (Nicole this is for your blog :)) Nicole after the theater doing the GAlinda hand move.
 The sparkling sidewalk, kind of hard to see but it was really sparkly.
and the cheesecake factory that we went to before and after the play.

Just go see it. I would go again right now if I could. I want them to film the show and make a DVD of it with the same cast we saw, they were all awesome, especially Elphelba and GAlinda (turned Glinda in sign of solidarity).

I'm not usually a laugh out-louder during plays/movies but I laughed out loud most of the time.

Thanks Chapin family for the GREAT night. I couldn't even sleep last night. I did research the play and Elphelba was wearing a wig and she wears this green nylon shirt thing to make her green so all they have to paint is her face/neck and hands, which they paint on with paintbrushes each night.

There is a book called Unnaturally Green by one of the Elphelba actors that looks pretty cute.

Next year for Halloween I'm going to be her, I wish I'd known about her a few weeks ago.


Nicole said...

It was a GREAT night! So many fun new things! I am glad you came with us!

Andrea said...

I want to go so bad!!! We looked into going a while ago but knowing it would be right after the baby was born we didn't buy tickets. Next year!
And the Cheesecake Factory is delicious too.


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