On October 19th, the Broadway show Wicked returned to Nashville's Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC). This musical was based on the book by Gregory Macguire with the same title. The music and lyrics were written by Stephen Schwartz and the play by Winnie Holzman. Wicked follows the story of the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba, as she endures ridicule and shame. The message that you come away with is that everything is not always as simple as black and white, you have to remember that there are always shades of gray.
The show opens on the famous scene from "The Wizard of Oz" in which Glinda, played in this show by Tiffany Haas, annouces that the Wicked Witch is dead. The chorus then begins the opening number "No One Mourns the Wicked" followed by Glinda reminding the crowd that even the wicked have parents and a begining. The show then transitions to a scene in which we see Elphaba's mother have an affair with a mysterious man and subsequently give birth to child that is green. This begins the difficult life that Elphaba, played by Anne Brummel, endures with an unearned title. As the play continues we witness the ridicule surrounding Elphaba as she attends school at Shiz University with her sister Nessarose, played by Emily Ferranti where she meets Madame Morrible, played by Jody Gelb, whom Elphaba misappropriately trusts. In addition, Shiz is where Elphaba meets and eventually becomes friends with Glinda. While attending Shiz, Elphaba meets two other people that become a very large part of her life, Doctor Dillamond, played by Martin Moran, and Fiyero, played by David Nathan Perlow. Doctor Dillamond, a talking goat who teaches history shows Elphaba the importance of standing up for what you believe in, in this case, the belief that animals should be allowed to talk and live as humans. Fiyero plays a signifiacant role because he see Elphaba as not a monster for her green skin, but as a beautiful woman and he and Elphaba fall...
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