Wicked the Musical seems to be one of those musicals that has a cult following. People go back time and time again to see it. The costumes, the props, the characters and the story line itself seem to capture people's imaginations and hook them in.
It's always tough when something we enjoy moves away and Wicked is doing that now. The show is moving to the next city to continue enticing new audiences to come and watch it multiple times.
Why some musicals and shows capture the imagination more than others is not always obvious. Wicked picks up on a favorite childhood story and brings it to life in a different and deeper way. It has the standard good and bad characters with the witch sisters. It tells the story of their lives and how they became the way they did. It has monkeys and other characters that come to life along their journey. It has the romantic storyline we come to expect in most stories.The music gives us something to carry with us in our minds as some of the catchy tunes stay with us. Or we can buy the cd, just one of the merchandise items available for sale at the theatre shop.
For me the excitement of the show itself with all of its attractions is complemented by the old theatres these shows are staged in. I love sitting in the theatre and looking around. At the ceiling, at the walls and curtains, at any statues and images around the theatre. Each theatre has its own character and it's always a joy to sit in seats that have been sat on by other theatre goers for decades.
I love the anticipation of the show starting. I love hearing the orchestra warming up. I can only imagine what it's like behind the curtains, back stage, in the green room and actors' dressing rooms. I wonder if they feel so excited or whether they are more tired by this stage. I wonder if they get very nervous. I feel nervous even as I wait in the audience.
So Wicked has blessed Melbourne with its time here. It has grasped us in its power and given us a shake up, capturing some of us to visit again and again. As it starts in its next city we can only wish it well, follow its journey and hope it returns again one day.