11 April 2007

no place like broadway

abigail, i love this illustration (and all the others). you my friend, are truly talented. this reminds me of the Emerald City in OZ. i am way behind on blogging (and boasting) about the musical we saw in LA.

for our fifth wedding anniversary, dan surprised me with tix to Wicked. i've been dying to see it. it met all my expectations. i am fond of the music, the costumes, and the clever story. the music is brilliant. get more Wicked 411 here.

i highly recommend the original cast recording. among my favorite tunes are no. 7 and no. 11 (gives me chills). the witches' voices blend beautifully. Idina Menzel, the original wicked witch Elphaba, is a powerhouse. she was honored with two TONY awards for both Wicked & Rent. {as a side note, i love the movie Rent almost as much as i loved the broadway version. the coolest part about the movie is that practically every lead character in the movie starred in the original cast on stage. plus, the special features on the dvd are not to be missed. in case you don't know about Rent's composer Jonathan Larson, his journey in life is truly a compelling story and depicted beautifully on the dvd.}

last, but certainly not least, li'l miss Kristin Chenoweth (the original Glinda in Wicked) is a dollface and nothing short of amazing. there is no denying it. {i love when small people get really really big.} she is one tiny superstar. one of her songs always makes me smile. listen to it now: Taylor, The Latte Boy.

11 comments:

Robin said...

I got to see Wicked in Chicago last summer and it was so much fun! They do such a good job making the show a delight to watch. I also love the original Broadway cast.

mary elizabeth said...

Oh ... I *heart* Wicked!! I saw it in NYC in 2004! Cried through most of it, it was amazing! And Idina was still playing Elphie. So. Amazing.

And rent ... oh man, that is truly amazing music.

Love love love both!

Stie said...

M,
I saw Wicked twice - once in Boston and once here - both times it gave me chills, thrills, and tears. My FAVORITE of all time is #11, and I can't listen to #18 without tearing up. Idina and Kristin perfected the roles and will always have a special place in my heart. In fact, the guy who wrote the book lived in Concord, Mass. His kids went to school with my friend - we always felt it was our brush with celebrity.

Also, Rent is probably my second fav behind Wicked. Genius, I tell you.

jamieanne said...

As a fellow small person, I couldn't agree more with your adoration of Kristin Chenowith. She is itty bitty. Good news though...I've been celebrity spotting around the city and am happy to report that almost everyone I see (including men) is short and petite! Maybe I should be a celebrity, then I'd feel normal, hanging with my own kind.

love.boxes said...

Love Kristen, she is just so fun!

Abby said...

You must have read my mind! I was just about to post about Kristin Chenoweth today because I had been listening to her CD and wanted to proclaim my love for her. I am so jealous you got to see her live!

marta said...

oooh, lovely to see all of you closet broadway babies come on out. we could perhaps start a fanclub.

i must admit, though i never did see the true original cast, i posted all about them anyway. i saw the traveling cast in LA and they were equally incredible. i give props to any + all, known + unknown Broadway players. though experiencing their voices through the soundtrack, how can you not hail miss kristen + idina!?

I'm Andrea said...

LOVE wicked.

Marty: said...

"5 hundred, 24 thousand, 600 minutes..." Words in my memory from the time we lived on the same floor.
Good words to wake up to, or go to sleep to, or both!

gab said...

I hope when I am an angel in heaven, I get Kristen's voice...she is amazing!!!

kat said...

very cute illustration :) Totally, the Wizard of Oz. Never saw the show Wicked, but I did read the book many years ago. Which was super.

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