Broadway isn’t the only place to catch the greatest musical of the 21st century.
Wicked will be in Honolulu from Nov.22 through Jan. 12, 2013. It’s playing at the legendary Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall.
You can also catch Wicked in Fort Lauderdale, St. Louis, Tampa, Orlando, and San Francisco in the first quarter of the New Year. Their schedule also includes a run in Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte welcomes Wicked to Ovens Auditorium from March 13 through March 31.
Since its Broadway premiere in October of 2003 the musical about the witches from the Wizard of Oz has done nothing but sell millions and millions of Wicked tickets. Whether it’s playing at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway, the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London’s West End, or some other theatre in the world, Wicked flat-out breaks box office records. It’s simply the most popular musical of all-time.
Due to its immense popularity a lot has been written about the show. Personally, I’ve penned thousands of words on Wicked, everything from its music, to its humor, to its similarities with the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland. One aspect of the musical I’ve never written about is the relationship between its two main characters, Elphaba and Glinda.
Wicked has a love story. Most people think it’s between Elphaba and Fiyero but it’s actually between Elphaba and Glinda. Wicked’s main love story isn’t romantic love but sisterly friendship.
It’s a relationship you might not pay much attention to the first time you experience the musical but it’s certainly something you’ll want to focus on during subsequent viewings.
Love stories are common in storytelling. In western cultures, most are of a romantic nature. It makes perfect sense for romantic love to be so abundant. Yarns of love and passion capture the imagination and have a complexity and intricacy favored by dramatists.
Even the most interesting friendships lack the depth of couples like Romeo and Juliet, Harry and Sally, and Homer and Marge. They do however have one thing that the kissing couples and lustful lovers don’t have and that’s they are rare.
Stories about best friends, and I mean really about best friends, are few and far between—almost unheard of in musical theatre. That’s why the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda gives depth and dimension to a musical that’s quite unique in the first place. I find their friendship an endearing and remarkable aspect to a musical that’s full of endearing and remarkable aspects.
If you haven’t seen Wicked don’t worry about the relationship between Elphaba and Glinda. Just sit back and enjoy the show. If you have seen Wicked before, pay close attention to Elphaba and Glinda. In doing so, an entirely new layer of the musical will open up for you.
Also in 2013, Wicked visits Dallas, Philadelphia, and Houston. Boston hosts a run of Wicked from Aug. 7 through Sept. 15. The show will be produced at the city’s famed Opera House.