Monday, April 14, 2008

Wicked was wicked!

Friday was a whole lot of fun. Got out of work at 5:35 like always and headed over to one of my coworker's homes to meet her and a few others before we headed over to bosslady's house for the Surprise Party. On our way another coworker who was going was spotted on the road, she was getting ready to turn left as the directions indicated but since we were going straight I had her get in front on me to join our convoy. The girl in the lead has been to bosslady's house several times and knew a quicker way to go. We had a great time munching on some really good finger foods, drinking and talking about sex.

I scheduled my party for August 23rd. That's four months away so by then all the girls should be ready for another one.

By 11:30 we were done with all the ordering and ready to hit the local bar. All but one girl went (bosslady's friend who had to get home to her family), including bosslady's boyfriend who met us there and a couple showed up at her house as we were helping the saleslady pack up her things in her van. She considered going along (she's bestfriends with one of the coworkers who went) but she also had to get home to her family.

We had a great time drinking some more, chatting, some of the girls flirted big time, many of them danced around too. We were the best entertainment in the place. Although people were playing pool, darts and some shuffleboard type game they were watching our corner just as much. Lots and lots of photos were taken but alas, none by me. I had left my phone in the car. This was a sort of bachlorette party for the coworker her sits on the other side of my cubicle wall. Bosslady had bought the vail of condoms and flashing penises for her to wear while we were out. That got a lot of attention of course.

When the bar closed at 2:00am one of the girls went home, bosslady went home with her boyfriend, her friends (the couple) had already left about 1/2 hour ago and the rest of us (5 total) decided to go to the local boat casino. But that ended up being a bust. Two of the girls and I wanted to play blackjack but all they had were $25, $50, and $100 tables. Nope, no can do, thank you very much. So each of us played a few slots here and there and then decided to call it a night.

I got home right around 4:30am and ended up in bed right around 5:30. When I got home Jim was over and he and HDiTty were watching Raiders of the Lost Ark and doing something on the computer. I stayed up talking with them and then finally made myself go to bed.

When we were on our way into the boat I checked my phone to see if HD had called. He hadn't called but he had texted me saying not to make any plans for Saturday night, that he had made plans for us and it was a surprise. When I got home I asked him what it was but he of course wouldn't say. But I was ok with that, I didn't really want to know, I love surprises.

When I woke up at 10:30 and couldn't fall back asleep I got up and he was gone still. He had let me know earlier that he was leaving to do some errands. He finally got home around 11:30 or so and decided he had to tell me what the surprise was in case something came up while he was sleeping or anything else that would happen such as needing gas or whatever. So he pulls out of his pocket two tickets for us to go see Wicked at 8:00pm. I squealed a little and gave him a big hug. We've been wanting to see it since it came to Chicago. Several family members and friends have seen it and have sworn it was absolutely awesome. Which had just made me want to see it all the more.

We got there with about 20 minutes to spare so we browsed the souvenirs. There was a simple Christmas Ornament that I wanted but wasn't willing to spend $26.00 on. It was, hmm, now I'm not sure if it was glass or just a really thick plastic, I believe it was glass though. Anyway, it was one or the other in a circle with the letter Z in it. That's it but I really liked it but not enough to spend that much. There were also a couple jackets, one a black zip up hoodie and the other a grey pull over but they're both $65.00 and once again, not willing to spend that much. HD asked if I wanted to get the CD but I said I'd rather wait to see if I like it enough before we do that. We did decide to get a mug but figured we'd wait until after so we wouldn't have to worry about it during the show.

And what a show it was! Absolutely worth the money no matter what you spend on tickets. Both leads were utterly fantastic but we both agree that the girl who plays Glinda the good witch stole the show. She was very funny but especially when she was swooshing her hair and dancing. Picture Molly Shannon's character Superstar from Saturday Night Live. Very much like her only a blond, shallow, ditsy and popular girl. I kept thinking SNL, SNL, SNL but couldn't picture who from there. Because this girl is blond I kept trying to see a blond SNL character but couldn't put my finger on it. But as soon as HD leaned over and whispered something like, "The girl from SNL would be upset if she ever saw this" for some reason that's all it took and I was able to picture Molly Shannon doing her superstar character.

The only drawback were the two guys in front of us. Both were tall and my guy had a big head also. I had to lean to the left for the whole show and HD would switch back and forth for his leaning. But I was able to see everything, a few times I leaned to the right if they happened to be in the far right corner of the stage but otherwise I was good. My neck was a little sore after but not much.

After they all came out and did their bows the lady who played the school headmistress did a speech about how they're collecting donations for people who are living with HIV and AIDS and also for women with breast cancer. They've almost reached their goal and if everyone in the audience would donate $5.00 then they'd reach the goal of One million but they'd take anything at all. That no donation is too small or too large (haha). But the kicker was that for a $100.00 you would get a Wicked poster signed by the whole cast. Yeah, we did that. We also bought the CD but not the mug since we did the donation.

We both agree that this is one we'd like to go see again. As his dad said you'll never be able to look at The Wizard of Oz in the same way again. Weelll, I don't know, maybe several years down the road I'd be able to but not any time soon. Now I have to read the book. I can't remember if I bought it or not. I know I held off for a long time because I wanted to go into the theatre totally fresh not expecting anything. But for some reason I'm thinking I finally broke down and bought it. I'll have to look around to make sure, if not I'll definitely have to do so along with getting Son of Wicked which I know for a fact I didn't buy.

Go see it, you won't regret it!!

Media quote of the day:
A portion of What Is This Feeling from Wicked

GALINDA(spoken): Dearest darlingest Momsie and Popsical:
ELPHABA(spoken): My dear Father:
BOTH: There's been some confusion over rooming here at Shiz:
ELPHABA: But of course, I'll care for Nessa:
GALINDA: But of course, I'll rise above it:
BOTH: For I know that's how you'd want me to respond. Yes, there's been some confusion. For you see, my room-mate is:
GALINDA: Unusually and exceedingly peculiar. And altogether quite impossible to describe:

ELPHABA: Blonde.


saintseester said...

Wicked is one of the very few books I've ever given up on. I just cannot get into it. I can see, though, that a musical version would be great! Take the good ideas, and stage them.

Katrina said...

I'm looking forward to reading the book and really hoping it'll live up to the musical. I know it'll be different but I'm still hoping.

The musical was absolutely terrific though. So we shall see.

Natalie said...

I think you were wise to go in without reading the book. I read the book first and fell completely in love with the story. I think I finished it in like four days. I couldn't wait to see the production. When I did I was very disappointed. Different is not the way to describe the two, polar opposite might be more accurate. I think I would have really enjoyed the play if I hadn't read the book first. I'll be curious to see what you think.

Katrina said...

That's what I was afraid of. With movies never being as faithful to the books I figured this would be as bad if not even worse being a musical. Now I'm really glad I didn't read it first.

Yeah I'm curious too. I'll have to look sooner rather than later if I have it somewhere and if not go get it.

Anonymous said...

Loved it. Will see it again and probably a third time if we can. Next time without the obstructed view from the big boys in front of us.