Saturday, March 7, 2009


As I hadn't watched a musical before, I didn't know what to expect. I was definitely excited when I learned "Wicked" would be playing again in Portland. The book definitely made me a fan.

The Keller Auditorium was a nice smallish venue. My only complaint was that the seats were too cramped. Any seat though would have provided a good view of the stage. The price was lower than I expected as I was used to paying hundreds of dollars for concert experiences.

There was definitely a shared excitement amongst the audience. The stage was framed with the mechanics of the Time Dragon Clock and a curtain map of Oz (with a green light emanating from the Emerald City) draped over it.

One of the first things that blew me away was the stage production. Everything moved fluidly from one scene to the other so it was like watching a movie but seeing everything change right in front of me.

The acting was superb. It was mind boggling how the voices carried without the telltale signs of microphones. Then the musical numbers! They weren't as cheesy as I thought they would be. I heard snippets of some songs before but they were so much better in real life knowing the context of the story.

What amused me was how yet again this musical was such a different version of everything else it was based on (Baum's original series, the WB movie adaptation, Gregory Maguire's novel even). There was more fun and obvious humor here but it worked. It was interesting what characters and plot points they chose to include here.

"Wicked" was definitely a satisfying experience and I wouldn't mind watching it again- and again!

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