i love wicked

by Evans Yonson

Barcelona – I must admit that I am a Glee fan. Well, who is not these days?  What does this fact have something to do with what I am talking about in today’s blog? The answer would be two great actresses who appeared in Glee’s first season -Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. Menzel portrayed Shelby Corcoran, coach of the rival glee club, who turned out to be the biological mother of Rachel, the lead character. Chenoweth played April Rhodes, a very good friend of William Schuester. There are presence in the TV hit made a great impact that prompted me to read more about them. These actress are already Broadway stars before appearing in the tube. They originated the two main characters of the musical, Wicked -Chenoweth as Glinda and Menzel as Elphaba. I couldn’t watch the musical in New York in 2009 so I made it a point to see the witches of Oz in London as a personal birthday treat last year.

Before the Wizard, there were the two witches of Oz.

Here’s one very famous song from the musical.

ELPHABA
I’m through accepting limits
‘Cuz someone says they’re so
Some things I cannot change
But till I try, I’ll never know!
Too long I’ve been afraid of
Losing love I guess I’ve lost
Well, if that’s love
It comes at much too high a cost!
I’d sooner buy
Defying gravity
Kiss me goodbye
I’m defying gravity
And you can’t pull me down:
(spoken) Glinda – come with me.Think of what we could do: together.

(sung) Unlimited
Together we’re unlimited
Together we’ll be the greatest team
There’s ever been Glinda –
Dreams, the way we planned ’em

GLINDA
If we work in tandem:

BOTH
There’s no fight we cannot win
Just you and I
Defying gravity
With you and I
Defying gravity

ELPHABA
They’ll never bring us down!
(spoken) Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy
Now that you’re choosing this

ELPHABA
(spoken) You too
(sung) I hope it brings you bliss

BOTH
I really hope you get it
And you don’t live to regret it
I hope you’re happy in the end
I hope you’re happy, my friend:

ELPHABASo if you care to find me
Look to the western sky!
As someone told me lately:
“Ev’ryone deserves the chance to fly!”
And if I’m flying solo
At least I’m flying free
To those who’d ground me
Take a message back from me
Tell them how I am
Defying gravity
I’m flying high
Defying gravity
And soon I’ll match them in renown
And nobody in all of Oz
No Wizard that there is or was
Is ever gonna bring me down!

GLINDA
I hope you’re happy!

CITIZENS OF OZ
Look at her, she’s wicked!
Get her!

ELPHABA
:Bring me down!

CITIZENS OF OZ
No one mourns the wicked
So we’ve got to bring her

ELPHABA
Ahhh!

CITIZENS OF OZ
Down!

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