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Monday, March 15, 2010

It's Not Easy Being Green...

I've been a horrible blogger of late (and I probably deserve to have lost the FOUR! followers who went bye-bye in the past week... man, that stings, eh?). I wish I could tell you why I've not been able to write anything lately. But I can't. I'm just feeling sort of stagnant. Static. Stuck. Sucky. I did have a jolt of electricity applied directly to the creative centers of my brain yesterday, though...

I went to see Wicked! As you might remember, I got tickets to see it as Ryan's big Christmas gift this year. I saw the show in London a few years ago (with Idina Menzel!) and Ryan's been dying to see it ever since. My intention was actually to take her to NY to see it on Broadway (but you know what they say about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions, right?). So when I found out it was going to be playing in Richmond, a mere two hours from Pigsknuckle, I jumped on it and got us tickets for yesterday's matinee.

The show was as spectacular as I remembered! And Ryan absolutely loved it! She was blown away by everything -- the sets, the costumes, the story, the music, the performances (and specifically the singing!). She said it was better than the Broadway version of The Lion King, which is saying something, really, as that show was amazing!

If you haven't read Gregory Maguire's book, Wicked, from which the stage production was adapted, it's the story of how the Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West (of Wizard of Oz fame, natch) became enemies... sort of. Gregory Maguire has this fabulous way of turning tried and true stories and fairy tales on their ears, giving his audience a completely different perspective, especially on the subjects of 'evil' and 'good.' And let's just say that you leave Wicked with a whole new take the color green! If you haven't read the book, do! It's wonderful. And if you haven't seen the show but you have the opportunity to do so, do that, too! I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

Hopefully I can tap into the creative energy I witnessed yesterday and manage to write something more in depth than a grocery list in the next few days. One can hope, right?

14 comments:

slommler said...

Oh I hope it comes here so that I can see it. Sounds wonderful!
Creativity does come in spits and spurts sometimes. Hope yours can flow again!!
Hugs
SueAnn

Jenners said...

I'm glad it was a great show for you guys. You made me want to see it too!

Heather said...

I've heard great things about it - I need to put it on my to do list and see if there are any shows anywhere around here anytime soon. Maybe Birmingham? I dunno, but I'll find out!!

Glad y'all enjoyed it!

hebba said...

I read the book...found it to be very clever! ANd I've heard that the humor translates even better on stage. Unfortunately, every time it flies through Boston, it sells out instantaeously. I gotta keep trying!

Amy McMean said...

Glad you guys had fun. Sounds like a good time. I've been stagnate and sucky lately myself. I just don't feel like I have much to say.

Rachel Cotterill said...

I haven't seen it... I might check it out if I have the chance.

PS I'm still stalking you :p

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

Theresa and I saw it in NYC a couple years ago and were blown away by it. And yes, it gives you a whole new perspective on the "Wicked" Witch of the West.

Still, those flying monkeys deserve to die.

lakeviewer said...

Yes, getting out and about gives us new energy. Glad to have you back on line.

"Wicked" is a superb book; looking forward to the play.

injaynesworld said...

I never saw it, but heard it was wonderful. Hope it gives you the inspiration you were seeking.

glutenfreetri said...

I have the book partially finished just mocking me from my shelf - maybe if I go see the show I'll be motivated to finish it!!

Greenfingers said...

FOUR followers leaving Diane!!
Heathens!
Strangely, the closest I've got to seeing Wicked in London, has looking at the big posters for it whilst standing outside Victoria Station!! Which I've done many times over the past few years!
Maybe one day...

And don't you be worrying about this blogging lark either...its always here!!

SSP said...

i am not much better at the blogging these days, but I am still a fan :-) I agree that Wicked is wicked good so glad you and Ryan got to see it. I have seen in it on Broadway twice (front row - gotta love the lottery), and both times with Idina Menzel, once with kristen chenoweth....) AWEEEEsome!. And Maguire's other books are equally innovative!! Son of a Witch...Mirror mirror, the ugly stepsister..he is amazing

blognut said...

Grocery list?

What is this thing you say?

I'm SO going to see this next time I get a chance. :)

Anonymous said...

You did NOT see the show with Idina Menzel, you saw the show with me!

Todd