Last weekend, over in London, I saw one of my very favouritest musicals on stage again. I may have mentioned my slight fondness for Wicked before, but what struck me this time was how much more there is to the musical than just the music. The songs are fabulous, and I love them, but there are so many moments and bits of dialogue and scenes that are just wonderful, and that provide a context for the songs to make them extra-shiveringly-wonderful when you see them on stage.
So, yes, obligatory YouTube video!
(I think ‘Defying Gravity’ is probably the most extraordinary one in terms of the set and special effects, but ‘For Good’ is just gorgeous.)
I also encountered The Tulip for the first time ever, which I was partly amazed and partly horrified by. It’s a wine glass shape, which is infinitely classier than normal plastic cups, and yes you can tell the difference, but it also has a yoghurt-style foil lid thing. Very odd experience, pulling such a thing off a surprisingly drinkable wine. The wonders of technology!