Wicked: The Musical

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I saw Wicked (fyi, the trailer was not the cast that I saw, frankly I think they were better)  tonight and it was good, especially considering that I am not a theater buff.

If you ever get the chance to see it, please do 🙂

A few things annoyed me though:

1. Even though all the actors had British accents, the Wizard of Oz’s had a southern, American accent and his gestures hinted at a certain unpopular American president.  This seemed weird to me at least.  A subtle but pointed jab at the American establishment.

2. The flying monkey dance sequence– felt like coonery to me.  Maybe I am being hypersensitive, but the whole jungle “ooh, ooh, aahh, snakes and drums and then their coreography all looked like the crap they tried to pass off as “traditional African (because Africa is a monolithic country)  dance back in high school and college.

am I going too deep, I guess I would have to compare it to an American production to be more certain.

Aside from this, I must say, I enjoyed the take on the Wizard of Oz story and have actually wanted to watch Wicked for some time now and am happy that I did.  (nothing is perfect, right… besides, I Looooved the Wizard of Oz growing up).

and the ending was awesome too 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Wicked: The Musical

  1. KG

    I haven’t seen the musical, but I read the book, and there were definitely things in the book that I think are meant to be contemporary social and political commentary. It would not surprise me therefore if the musical production had certain people (or person in mind).

    Also if I remember correctly, isn’t the wizard originally from Kansas, or at least the U.S.? (If not in Wicked, then in the original Wizard of Oz?) It therefore would make sense that he has an American accent.

  2. If the wizard is gonna have an american accent, why not everyone else, surely there are actors who can do accents and conversely British Dandies.

    why not everybody else?

    I don’t recall anyone with British accents in the movie, and the original book and and Wicked were written by Americans. I’m sorry but, I think they did that ish on purpose.

    I think if you are going to make everyone else British-ified, but leave the wizard untouched, then it smacks of something else.

    p.s. the book was written in 95 so I doubt it was anti-Dubyah in focus unless the dude was a psychic…lol

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