A to Z Blogging Challenge

D is for “Defying Gravity”

I LOVE musicals. And Wicked has to be my favorite. I’ve seen it on stage 3 times. Each and every time has been amazing. My obsession with Elphie’s story can be traced back to my childhood, watching the Wizard of Oz each year when it came on tv. When I heard that a book had come out telling the Wicked Witch’s story- Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, I knew I had to read it. It didn’t matter that I had three children, five and under and no time to read. I read that book and I loved it. And when it was made into a musical…….. sigh.

If you are a book lover, then you already know that books that are made into movies/musicals/tv shows never live up to the written word. They just can’t because there is no end to where the written word can go. A scene from a movie can give you many possibilities but it is limited to the picture it presents. You miss out on backstory and subtle nuances that are conveyed in a nicely written passage.

And Wicked was no different. BUT, the stage production was incredible and made up for any missing story line. The costumes and set were impressive. And the musical score….. it was perfection.

Defying Gravity is a powerful song. It’s an empowering song. And it’s the perfect song for a misunderstood witch.

Something has changed within me

Something is not the same

I’m through with playing by the rules of someone else’s game

Too late for second-guessing

Too late to go back to sleep

It’s time to trust my instincts. Close my eyes: and leap!

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12 thoughts on “D is for “Defying Gravity”

  1. Wicked is spectacular and first fell in love with at age 12 in summer of 2006. Elphaba is my favorite musical character and I relate to her so much. I saw the stage show four times. The fourth time, I felt the most vulnerable, which really shows how much the musical has changed over time. It has everything I want in a musical: spectacle, dance, comic elements, positive and negative emotions in the score, and a strong emotional connection and an incredible plot. It truly sparked my love for musicals and it was the musical where I began to truly understand the emotional side of musicals

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    1. I think there is something in Elphaba that we all can relate to. And I think her story and this musical will definitely stand the test of time because its messages are universal. 🙂 It will always remain one of my favorites. 🙂


      1. Like Elphaba, I am smart, determined, talkative, big-hearted, different and believe in equality and staying true to myself and sometimes have felt misunderstood

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    1. It was truly amazing! I was lucky enough to see it 3 times and each time was as good as the last, if not better. I hope you get to see it some day! 🙂


  2. I agree with everything you said! Many, many years ago I had a dream to become a writer and my books were all going to be re-tellings of fairy tales but with a twist – from the villians side! I have notebooks full of plot ideas and character sketches, it’s true! And then I discovered Gregory Maguire. Womp womp. Dream crushed. But it’s ok, because I now have new dreams and the musical of Wicked exists in the world! I love musicals and that particular show has one of my absolute favourite soundtracks (“What is this feeling” is just so good!).

    I’m so excited to have found you through the challenge and I’m really looking forward to the rest of your posts!

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    1. I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings, prequels and sequels. I think when it’s the right time and the right story, it will be told. I still dream of becoming a writer- it’s just the matter of finishing a few works in progress and fixing them and that’s the easy part. lol Thank you for stopping in! I’m always excited to meet fellow musical lovers like myself. 🙂


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