While both of those shows were practically perfect in every way (still kicking myself just a little for not getting tickets to Mary Poppins last fall) and I truly enjoyed the shows, I must admit that those experiences have now been slightly, um...overshadowed.
As in smoked.
By this little number that has been visiting Houston this summer:
If you've seen it then you know that there are no words to adequately describe how amazing the entire production is. If you haven't seen it, well, please rectify that oversight immediately (trust me, you will be glad you did).
After an early lunch Saturday at the downtown Spaghetti Warehouse with friends, the girls and I made our way to the matinee showing. There may or may not have been ear-piercing screams as we drove into the parking garage. Yes, we were shamelessly giddy.
The next three hours passed in a haze of catchy tunes, witty witch humor, Animal activism, to-the-Nines costumes, spellbinding (ha! get it?) special effects and plenty of pre-Dorothy drama.
It was, in a word, perfection.
Of course I had to download the soundtrack from iTunes (and I plan to burn a CD for our car) and have been
Because I am so thoughtful and generous (like Galinda, you know) I thought I'd close with two favorite numbers from the show (well, from the original production). I really like all of the songs (they just grab you), but keep listening to No One Mourns the Wicked (isn't that just so sad?!?!), What is This Feeling?, Popular...
and of course, Defying Gravity. (Goosebumps, seriously.)
I loved Elphaba. I loved Galinda/Glinda. I loved it all. (Guess who played The Wonderful Wizard? Richard Kline who was Jack's swinging bachelor friend on Three's Company. He did a good job, even though I kept picturing him in 70s polyester.)