In 2006 I wrote about how one of my sons and I sang For Good from the Broadway show Wicked in a musical review.
And how I barely made it through the performance without sobbing. Because I have been changed because I know him.
In 2009 I wrote about how a dear dear friend sent me a mix of songs which included Defying Gravity from that same musical. Which led to me lifting my daughter high in the air while we danced to this song and, of course, causing me to cry. Because I don't want anyone to bring her down.
So, incredibly, this past weekend, I finally saw a touring production of Wicked thanks to my fabulous sister-in-law. You would have thought by now I had actually seen it live and on stage. And we brought that 5 year-old girl I lift in the air.
Which led me to sob uncontrollably as Act I ended and Elphaba (the green witch) flies up singing "tell them how I am defying gravity". And led to my daughter to wipe my tears with her fancy party dress. And her winter coat. And then hug me. Causing many strange women around me to go "awwwwww......"
But that wasn't the song that grabbed my daughter. It wasn't the song that she sang over and over in the car.
No, that would be the song Glinda the Good Witch sings to Elphaba when she decides to "help" her.
I'll help you be popular!
You'll hang with the right cohorts
You'll be good at sports
Know the slang you've got to know
So let's start
'Cause you have a long way to go....
As she awoke the morning after seeing the play, literally the first words out of my daughter's mouth was "one, two, three BALLGOWN!!" as she waved a (practice) magic wand. Then she giggled and sang a little of Popular. Complete with hair swishing.
She made her aunt and uncle play the newly purchased cast recording on CD as she pranced around their kitchen.
"Someday she'll get the irony" my sister-in-law said in a slightly hopeful, with a tinge of concern, tone in her voice.
But I know she will. Because as the play ended the day before in this incredibly grand and old theater, my little lady in her fancy party dress climbed into my lap. Earlier in the day she had expressed concern about seeing Wicked because she was scared of the green witch.
Now she clutched my neck and hid her face. Because she didn't want to see the green witch die from the bucket of water.
The play begins and ends with the line "no one mourns the wicked".
Fortunately, a little five year old did. Even if she does want a practice magic wand.
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