Glinda: Are some people born wicked? Or do they have wickedness thrust upon them?
When you encounter evil, don't you wonder from whence it originated? In WICKED, the one authentically good character, the one character of unwavering intergrity, has wickedness thrust upon her. But others come to it via alternate routes: carelessness, expedience, desire, confusion, adulation.
Other themes: Integrity. Longing. Choices. Second Chances. Glinda sings,
And the audience goes wild when she reaches out for her lost self at the very end of the show, connecting past heartache to future power.
Connections across the decades. I will never forget how terrified I was by those flying monkeys when I first saw The Wizard of Oz at the age of five. Now I know why they are so loyal to Elphaba. And who in the western world does not associate striped stockings and sparkling ruby slippers with her sister? When Nessa gets the ruby slippers, we know exactly where she and they are going to end up and, when the house falls and Glinda shows up, don't those of us who are now grown women remember wanting the sparkly dress, the wand, the crown, and the bubble method of transportation? And now, perhaps, we know that we don't want them at all because, like Glinda, we have learned something about cost.
What is this feeling?
Fervid as a flame,
Does it have a name?
Let's just say - I loathe it all
Ev'ry little trait, however small
Makes my very flesh begin to crawl
With simple utter loathing
There's a strange exhilaration
In such total detestation
It's so pure, so strong!
to the hilarious physical comedy that marks Glinda's irrepressible enthusiasm in undertaking an impossible makeover ~
And when someone needs a makeover
I simply have to take over
I know, I know exactly what they need
And even in your case
Though it's the toughest case I've yet to face
Don't worry, I'm determined to succeed
to the love expressed by friends choosing different paths ~
I really hope you get it,
And you don't live to regret it!
I hope you're happy in the end!
I hope you're happy, my friend!
to the final acknowledgment of that love ~ the show lifts up friendship as the great gift that it is.
Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But because I knew you ~
I have been changed for good
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