Sorry for digging up all the old threads in this section, but can't help. I just watched Wicked live! Also...my very first attempt at bootleg hooray! Yep, I recorded a full show audio. I'm wicked. Sue me.
I kinda like this musical because it has catchy music and Glinda's character development is rather interesting. However I have some problems with its plot. I'm still confused whether Elphaba really chooses to be evil in “No good deed”. I don't know what happens afterwards in its sequel but it wouldn't make sense if she was serious about it. I kinda like the whole reluctant villain/misunderstood hero thing, but, come on, if Elphie is good inside she won't choose to be wicked just because she's oppressed by (evil) authority. It's like Enjolras choosing to join Patron Minette because his revolution fails. Another thing I don't understand is why Fiyero loves Elphaba. If he sticks to his life philosophy in “Dancing through life”, he won't fall in love with her. And he's a boring chacter in general. Now for the goodness -- I really like Glinda. She's the best character in Wicked. Her transformation from a brainless girl to the Good Witch makes perfect sense and she has most complexity in her personality. I especially love how in act 2 she learns to play the game and help OZ and Elphaba cleverly. She's really more sophisticated than Elphaba when it comes to dealing with other people, enemies and friends.
And here's my not-a-review for today's show. Glinda was kinda meh in act 1 but pretty good in act 2. Her natural voice was actually beautiful, but she sounded so weird whenever she tried to put up the cute girly voice (i.e. the majority of act 1). One lovely detail in act 2 I noticed was the difference in her interactions with the public and with Elphaba. It showed that she knew well the role she had to play. She was really learning to be a “public figure” who does good deeds cleverly. Elphie's high notes were a bit problematic. Tbh she didn't do the major songs justice but her acting was quite impressive when she went Enjolratic about animals' rights.
Both actresses were better in act 2 than act 1. I actually heard people cry during “For Good”! As for our prince charming...this Fiyero CAN'T DANCE. This was the most awkward “Dancing through life” I've ever seen. He and Elphie only kissed ONCE in “As long as you're mine” but it was totally fine since I don't ship F/E at all, lol.
Sorry I'm rambling but it's not intended to be a serious song-by-song review anyway. Btw I'm willing to share the audio if anyone's interested.