So far, I’m having a pretty damn good week. I have three days IN A ROW off of work (one is vacation day), my laundry is done, my dishes are (mostly) done, I got a lot of new books for my kindle today, and in twelve short hours I will be seeing Wicked. I have been dying to see it for years, but have never had the opportunity. I’m the stereotypical gay when it comes to musicals, I know most of them by heart, have seen several live, and sing along with them. But Wicked is my dream.
As a child I LOVED the Wizard Of Oz. I would wait patiently until that once a year it was on TV, this was before cable was available in the rural farm area I grew up in, and I was allowed to stay up late to watch it. I was obsessed with the music, the visuals, and Judy Garland. Little did I know that she was an icon to the community I didn’t even know I was a part of back then. When I got older, I read the book. Even though it was more strange than the movie, it was still a part of the obsession.
When Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West came out, I somehow didn’t even know about it. My husband introduced me to it, and the obsession with the land of Oz was rekindled. I read it, then read it again. I read the sequel, Son of a Witch. Then I read A Lion Among Men, the third installment. The fourth and final installment, Out Of Oz, is one of my new acquisitions today, but I bet I have it read soon. I’m rereading the first three to make sure I miss nothing before I tackle it.
I’m even a huge fan of the film Oz the Great and Powerful that came out a couple years ago, we went and seen it in IMAX 3D. Then I bought it on blu-ray when it came out. The wicked witch even makes an appearance on the tv show Once Upon A Time, which I also tune in to see.
I’ve listened to the soundtrack to the musical about a million times. The original cast (Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Joel Gray) version. I know all the songs, and have tried my best not to piece together the story based solely on them. But being the obsessive fan boy I am…
Many children have their favorite obsessions. Spongebob, Dora, Cailou, or whatever it is nowadays, when I was younger, there was the Smurfs, Scooby Doo, and He-Man. But my thing was Oz. Being the nerdy child I was (and still am at heart) I loved getting lost in the story. The fantasy. The magic that was the Land of Oz.
Needless to say I’m totally in my own little nerd heaven this week.