Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Defying Gravity with Tina and Maryanne

Today I had the immense pleasure of escorting two of my dearest friends to their first Broadway show: Wicked.

(Maryanne and Tina outside of the Gershwin Theatre)

Tina joked that they'd already seen a show off Broadway, because they saw me perform as Judy Garland and Janis Joplin in the musical, Hell's Belles at HA! Comedy Club in Times Square this summer.

"Wait til you see Wicked!" I said.

My husband and I saw the show when it first opened with Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel, so I was curious to see the current cast. They all did well: good strong voices with lots of energy.

Some of the supporting characters like Kathy Fitzgerald 's "Madame Morrible" were especially good at commanding the large stage.

Katie Rose Clarke, who played Glinda, captured the character's heart and desire to "do good." And Teal Wicks definitely had the pipes and passion to play Elphaba, the green girl who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West.

It was still a thrill to see her "fly" at the end of Act One. A great moment and great song: Defying Gravity.

Tina and Maryanne were completely delighted with the show, and it was very special to share their first Broadway experience with them.

They've been champions of my work onstage for a long time, and Tina said, "Now we're ready to see you on Broadway!"

So mote it be!

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