Wickedly Happy!

Thank goodness! We couldn’t be happier. I couldn’t be happier. Happy is what happens when all your dreams come true.

These lines have been playing in my head for some time now. It is because we finally watched Wicked! My friend, Gail, and I have talked about watching it but when I checked the schedule, March 12 was closing day and I could not find seats I could afford. Good thing the run was extended for another week and for some reason, some seats opened up (or maybe I just did not know how to book). We got Gail’s sister to buy the tickets for us. We were thrilled to get tickets! Thank Goodness!

Thanks for the photo, Kuya Bong!

The last time ‘Wicked’ was here was 3 years ago and I was in Manila then but I had no tickets. The run was shorter then and it was held at CCP. Tickets ran out so fast that all that was left were the expensive seats. Lady luck was on our side this time. (Thank Goodness! I couldn’t be happier!) I would have opted to watch ‘Fun Home’ with Lea Salonga performing. I have been a Lea fan ever since she started her showbiz career but I checked the seating arrangement for ‘Fun Home’ and it seemed that the view from the seat was obstructed by railings. My moment with Lea will have to wait for awhile. This is my view at Solaire. It was far from the stage but I got an unobstructed view.

View from my seat!

To my surprise, my cousin, Bong, arrived a few minutes before the show started. We already agreed to meet after the show but he decided to watch it also. Thank Goodness, we have these photos! I swiped them off his Instagram.

Instagram Photo by @bong2begood

So what do you we think of ‘Wicked’? We loved it!!! Gail and I did. I am not sure with Bong. He said he dozed off in some parts. Hahaha! It is a different experience for me because I have loved this musical ever since I saw clips of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth playing Elphaba and Glinda, respectively. I even read Gregory Maguire’s book. Honestly, I did not even research who were playing Elphaba and Glinda. I just imagine them to be Idina and Kristin. Seeing it live was magical for me. ‘For Good’ is one of my favorite songs. Once the line “So much of me is made of what I learned from you/You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart” was sung, my tears rolled. These lines remind me of my late mother. But, of course, I acted cool afterwards like no crying happened. (Hand the Oscars to me! Ha!)

My journal.

Wicked was a lovely, lovely experience! And I love how the theatre scene is alive in the Philippines even the homegrown ones are soaring high (Rak of Aegis, Care Divas, etc). I hope I get to watch more!

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