Let’s start by saying that I LOVE the Wizard of Oz! Love it. One of my earliest childhood memories is watching it with my Nana. It has long been my go-to answer whenever I’m asked what my favorite movie is. Therefore, one might think that I would be ecstatic to see Oz the Great and Powerful open this weekend, right? WRONG! Why? Because the prequel to the Wizard of Oz has been done before! Hello, anyone heard of a little thing called… Wicked?!?!?
Wicked is a book written by Gregory Maguire; which I’ve ready (of course).
Wicked is a musical which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary later this year!
I have seen this fabulous musical thrice! Twice here in San Diego and once on Broadway.
That’s me on Broadway with my playbill just leaving the Gershwin. And the other photo is in front of the San Diego Civic Theatre with my mom! And yes, I’m holding a wand; brought one for each of the girls that I saw the musical with that day. Adults can still pretend to be kids when watching Wicked.
I own the soundtrack and have had every song memorized for nearly four years now. If push came to shove, I’m pretty sure poor Husband could sing each word to every song as well, that’s how much I listen to it. I will not spoil the musical for you if you have yet to see it, but indulge yourself the slightest bit by watching this clip. Even this short snippet will show you that you have no idea what actually happened before Dorothy’s house fell out of the sky!
In closing, will I cave in and see Oz the Great and Powerful out of pure curiosity? Absolutely not! And God help you if you go and see Oz this weekend! I will send the poppies! And we all know what happens then…
If I had enough time (and money) I would walk two blocks to my local theatre and watch this every day until it is released on blu-ray. Once it’s released on blu-ray I plan on waking up at 2:30AM everyday (instead of the regular 5AM) and watching it before beginning my AM stitching session. Think I’m joking? Well, only partly. I cannot accurately explain how much I loved this movie! (I should probably preface this by saying that I have been a Mizzie [Les Mis fanatic] for some time now, but I plan on sharing more about the insane extent of this obsession at a later time.)
Half kicking I dragged my family to see it on Christmas morning after opening presents. We have a tradition of going to the movies after opening presents so it’s not like the whole family movie thing happened strictly on my account. And for about six weeks prior to our movie outing I had to endure my dad’s ridicule of musicals and enduring his whining about having to see “Miserables” (the English, not French pronunciation) was especially delightful (insert super sarcastic voice here). I would like to add, however, that once out of the theatre the first words out of his mouth were as follows: if I had been by myself I would have been balling, I had to hold back the tears so your mom wouldn’t see me. Told you, Dad! The story is amazing.
If you have not yet seen Les Mis the movie, then I want you to step away from your PC, Mac, tablet, iPad or whatever viewing device you are using to read this post and run (not walk) to your nearest movie theatre! Still there? Good, then you must have seen the movie. Wasn’t it fantastic? If you still haven’t seen it, then fear not, you still have plenty of time and we will still have many Les Mis related posts in the very near future!