Finally, after a number of years of waiting, I saw Wicked last week. From the moment a friend told me there was a musical based on the witches from the Qizard of Oz and how they became the witches of Oz I was intrigued. Then I heard the soundtrack! Wow! The songs were fantastic. I’ve only ever heard one person say that they’re not. For shame! You know who you are!
So I thought for my first Top 5 Tuesday I’d do a little tribute to what has been an obsession of mine over the past few years. An obsession that is only rivalled by my love for Jurassic Park. Could I have two more different favourite things in pop culture?
These are my Top 5 Songs From Wicked!
One of two of the more comical songs in the production Popular shows off the comedic talents of the actress playing Galinda. Glainda tells Elphaba that she is going to take her under her wing and help the green, unpopular girl become as likeable and popular as Galinda herself – but maybe not quite as popular as Galinda herself. Lots of laughs throughout this song.
4. Dancing Through Life
I’m a sucker for a big number where much of the cast gets to sing and dance and this is the number in Wicked where that is the case. Based mostly about the planning of a night out on the town, prompted by the new guy in town, Fieyro, the number progresses through the planning to the evening itself leading to a awkward but touching dance number between Elphaba and Galinda and finally the entire cast. Great, fun song.
3. As Long As You’re Mine
Wicked’s love song.Elphaba and Fiyero tell eachother that they would never have thought they would ever be together. Elphaba because she thought she wouldn’t be good enough and Fiyero because he was shallow and in the past would never have looked past her looks and fallen in love with her. I’m a sucker for a good love song and this one is one of my favourites.
2. The Wizard and I
I was probably a little disappointed when I finally heard this live as I’ve been listening to the original Idina Menzel version for years and although Laura Bunting was great as Elphaba when I saw the show, I just wanted more when it came to this song. When Elphaba dreams about what her future holds after she’s told she’ll most likely meet the Wizard of Oz there are plenty of little references to the original Oz movie and her fate in the rest of the story. It finishes on a spectacular last verse and a not held for a seemingly inhuman length of time!
1. Defying Gravity
This was really a no brainer, wasn’t it? If you haven’t heard Defying Gravity have a listen below. And just wait til the end. When it was up there on the stage, with the lighting effects and Elphaba being lifted into the air – utterly fantastic. It doesn’t feel like you’re watching a stage play at this point.