Of the many live performances I have been able to see, by far my favorite is Wicked. I have always been drawn to plays that are fantasy-based versus those that focus on realism. Wicked is a complete fun-ride of fantasy from beginning to end. From it's variety of outrageous characters to it's musical score, each aspect of drama is clear and defined in this play. Theme, music, and spectacle will be the focus in this essay, but that is not to say each aspect does not have a role in the show. Wicked presents the aspects of drama in a way that an audience remembers.
The first prominent aspect of Wicked is the thought, theme, and/or idea behind the story. It follows the girl who was to be known as the Wicked Witch of the West. The main idea is to prove to the audience that the Wizard of Oz got it wrong; the Wicked Witch of the West, as expressed in Wicked's version, was actually the most "goodly" character around. We see her struggles to prove herself to her family and peers, and the horrendous outcomes of her struggles. One theme I took from the play is that not everything is as it seems. I grew up knowing one side of the story of Oz, and Wicked presents a whole new idea. It teaches that there is always more than one side to a story and the only way to decide what is right is to listen to both sides.
Another strong theme is the conflict between good and evil. In most melodramas, good and evil usually have the same characteristics, and Wicked certainly holds a lot of those same characteristics, but at the same time, it shows the audience that the evil may come from an unexpected source. A clear example is the Wicked Witch of the West (her actual name, as we discover in Wicked, is Elphaba) is not really wicked at all. She has been branded evil' by her peers because of her looks and she can almost do nothing to escape it. It is a tragic idea, but all is satisfied in the end, as any melodrama should be.
The second main aspect of drama presented in...
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