a trip to the emerald city

Published February 21, 2014 by ladyemelye

i have a fondness for watching musicals and/or theater plays.  i’ve watched cinderella, avenue q, potted potter and CATS.  unfortunately, i wasn’t able to watch miss saigon and phantom of the opera.

i’ve always wanted to watch wicked, and for a time i thought that i should plan a trip to singapore when this show is being run so that i could catch it.  but early last year, due to the clamor of filipino fans, there was a rumour that wicked will be finally having it’s manila run.  i patiently waited for news and updates and once the tickets started being sold by ticket world, i immediately told my tito marlon who is also into plays.  we bought tickets during the “pre-selling” for VISA cardholders.  we got a matinee show for the first weekend of the run.  this was last september (2013) and january (2014) just couldn’t come fast enough.

finally, the day came. 🙂  we were a little early at the venue, so we had time to browse along the souvenir shops (oz dust shop) and had some photos taken. 😀

at the ccp main theater

at the ccp main theater

excited to watch wicked!

excited to watch wicked!

i have read the summary and plot of the play so i kind of know how the story will go.  once we were let inside the theater, a took a picture of the stage.  in it was shown the clock of the time dragon whose eyes lit up and moves whenever something magical is happening onstage.  a map of oz was also shown.

clock of the time dragon + map of oz

clock of the time dragon + map of oz

the stage set and props were very good and it was amazing how they switched from one scene to another.  the cast members were very energetic and you could tell that they were relating to the audience.  glinda was really funny and i enjoyed watching her.  of course elphaba was magnificent.  especially the defying gravity scene.  the song was very powerful and it gave me goosebumps all over.  the visual effects of elphaba levitating in the air and flying was stunning.

you will really be engaged in the story of wicked up until the end.  it is a mixture of wit, fun, and a heartwarming message of friendship.  i loved every minute of the play, and it was very much worth if.

wonder what is the next play which the will be bringing to manila?  let us be ready for it.  in the meantime, excuse me while i put my headphones on and listen to the wicked soundtrack…

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