#AtoZChallenge W is for Wicked (the Musical)

“Are people born wicked?

Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?”

Wicked, the Musical

This is the 2nd time Wicked finds its way into the A to Z Challenge. Last year, it appeared with D is for “Defying Gravity”.  Wicked is the book by Gregory Maguire and musical based on the book, telling the story of Elphaba and Galinda, the witches from the Wizard of Oz.

I love the friendship between Elphaba and Galinda. They are polar opposites, from different worlds, vastly unique personalities- both quite strong yet vulnerable women. The story touches on many different lessons but I am always drawn back to friendship component. Watching Elphie and Galinda’s friendship grow as they discover all they have in common while learning to appreciate their differences reminds us that this is the foundation on which friendships are made.

“For Good” is about Elphaba and Galinda’s farewell as they each go their separate ways- one presumably good and one presumably wicked. It was written by Stephen Schwartz in 2003.

“I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today
Because I knew you…”

“So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have re-written mine

By being my friend…

-“For Good”

While looking for a good recording of the song- “For Good”- from Wicked, I found Out of Oz: Wicked Studio Sessions, a cool series where Wicked performers both past and present using reimagined songs.

I’ll leave you with some of my favorite Elphaba quotes from the musical-

  • “I don’t cause commotions, I am one.”
  • “I’m the other sister, Elphaba. I’m beautifully tragic.”
  • “Well, we all can’t come and go by bubble.”
  • “Who steals a dead woman’s shoes? Must have been raised in a barn!”

This song is doing double duty for 51 Weeks: 51 Songs from the Past:Week 17 and A to Z Challenge.

 

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15 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge W is for Wicked (the Musical)

  1. Wicked is quite a special musical. I started reviewing Wicked characters on my blog. I first saw Wicked eleven years ago as a 12 year old in New York with my mom and my favorite song was “Popular” and the show has grown a lot since then and the show has changed me for the better. I love the friendship of Elphaba and Glinda so much and Elphaba means so much to me and I see a lot of her in me. Wicked was the musical which sparked my love of musicals and it was the musical where I began to understand the emotional and complex side of musicals

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    1. I loved Wicked from the first time I read the book. Having seen the musical a number of times, I have to agree with you. It has evolved and only gotten better over the years. Elphaba and Glinda’s friendship has always fascinated me. They are both such complete characters and it’s been interesting to see them come to life through this musical. 🙂

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      1. I started my Wicked journey at the age of 12 on Broadway with my mom-next time I saw the stage show was in high school-then February 2013-then January 2016, those are all the times I saw the stage show. I felt more vulnerable each time and each time I still felt like a 12 year old. The friendship fascinates me in Wicked and so does the love triangle, which in so many ways seems to test the friendship and I believe is also the most complex love triangle in the musical world

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      2. The only characters I love in Wicked are Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero. The friendship between Elphaba and Glinda is wonderful and makes such a powerful story. Then the love triangle: boy, how do I explain that complex love triangle, well it deals with two best friends and one unexpected plot twist in the midst of it at all.

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      3. I grew up loving the Wizard of Oz so I especially liked the story of how Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West. And it’s a great love triangle. I think it definitely added so much.

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      4. I loved “Wizard of OZ” in elementary school and did not like the Wicked Witch of the West. But when I saw “Wicked”, my favorite character became Elphaba. The love triangle is so complex and so fascinating

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