In between all my gallivanting to bars, drunken escapades, gym endeavors, and general tomfoolery I sometimes do try to incorporate some culture in my life. Living here in the heart of NYC offers us easy access to many events and the bright lights of Broadway minutes away. Just so happens that we caught the musical Wicked recently. Broadway Week tickets for great seats in the orchestra for the win!
Good show, maybe way overhyped, but still one to experience as a pure Broadway production spectacle.
The cast was fine, along with some nifty songs and funny moments, and the actress portraying Wicked Witch Elphaba ( Rachel Tucker ) was solid in the role since she came from London’s West End where she was the longest consecutive running Elphaba. The song “Defying Gravity” is the show stopper here and she nailed it
Plus, the Gershwin Theater is a great spot for this production. Roomy, great AC, and a lot of history to look at in the lobby and hallways. The stage set, costumes, and artwork for the show are terrific. You can tell a lot of thought went into the staging for this show. It’s basically a character in itself.
Basically, Glinda is an annoying self-absorbed “Mean Girl” with no real talent or powers other than her looks, Elphaba is the outcast “Nerdy Girl” who yearns for love and to be accepted but hidden inside has all the talent and power, while her sister is a handicapped brat, her father is a douche, the Wizard is just a shifty politician which little ethics and no power, and Madam Morrible is a power-hungry opportunist using the Wizard to stay in control over the townsfolk. Yes, it’s pretty much the script for every teen flick and TV show we have seen over and over on the CW network and on the big screen.
Glad that we got to finally see this after all these years, but once was enough. No need to see it again. Again, its way overhyped and not as good as I thought it would be. Some parts were kind of boring and the writing was on the simplistic side. I’ve felt as if I have actually seen better off-Broadway this year. Yet, if you’re a Wizard of Oz fan it will suit your taste just fine. I know some will argue with me on my opinion of this show but I call it as I see it!
Still, it beat the heck out of Cats which absolutely sucked! Yeah, I said it!
Wicked – http://www.wickedthemusical.com/
The Gershwin Theater
As Wicked is performed here I was very impressed with this theater.
One of my pet peeves has to do with the AC in most Broadway playhouses. I am always hot and many are just never cool enough. It was literally a breath of fresh air to walk into the lobby and feel cold AC. Even better is when we entered the actual theater and it was also cold and comfortable! In my comfy seat with nice leg room I could actually feel the AC blowing on me in the orchestra section. It felt amazing. This place gets 5 stars from me just for the fact that I did not end up with swamp ass in a cramped tight seat with my knees banging the seat in front of me as most playhouses offer. The colder the better!
I also enjoyed walking around the halls and viewing the hundreds of pictures of Broadway greats and luminaries, along with the museum pieces in glass cases of past performances over the years. So much history to view as a Broadway fan.
Getting our tickets scanned and entering was easy. It’s a very modern era looking place. Again, the seats were very comfortable, and the sight lines are very good. Even the sound was clear and crisp. This place is gigantic, and there are rows of escalators to get to the upper balcony area. Large bar areas too to grab a boozy drink and some snacks. As usual, be prepared to shell out some dough here, but that is the norm with these places. Restrooms were clean and had some modern faucets and dryers in them that were motion activated.
One of the best theaters on Broadway! Huge, comfy seats, good leg room, friendly staff, fine acoustics, and kick ass air conditioning!
Gershwin Theater – http://www.yelp.com/biz/gershwin-theatre-new-york