This is the first in a series of reviews of shows at the Paramount Theatre by Elizabeth Moore '16.
Review of Wicked
There is nothing more exciting than walking into the Paramount Theater to see a show. The beautiful architecture and the detail that went into building the Paramount are outstanding, making your night out already worthwhile. Throughout the seasons, the Paramount puts on spectacular shows that have debuted on Broadway and should not be missed. From October 10 to November 17, the musical Wicked hit the Paramount stage.
Wicked captures a side of 1939’s famous blockbuster, The Wizard of OZ, that was never showcased when following Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion down the Yellow Brick Road. Wicked is the tale a bit prior, about the green and mysterious wicked witch, Elphaba, and the perky, popular and always girly witch, Glinda, when their paths first cross in college.
Wicked is full of exhilarating music that either gives you chills, or leaves you hurting with laughter. The song “Defying Gravity” gave me goose bumps and left me in awe, and the finale, “For Good,” left me in tears. Wicked exemplifies that it takes more than being rich and popular to be happy, and the musical interprets the message in a hilarious way that will leave you belting the lyrics in the shower for weeks on end. Even though Wicked has a fictional plot, you can easily relate to the characters and empathize with them for what they have to go through.
Artwork by Hannah Fuller '13