Jemma Rix and Suzie Mathers performs For Good during Wicked Manila’s press con.
*Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you, I have been changed for good*
Wicked is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West. The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; Elphaba (wicked witch of the west) and Glinda (Good witch of the north). Its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy’s arrival in Oz.
I’ve wanted to see Wicked ever since i heard the song Defying Gravity on Glee. I fell in love with it and i told myself that someday i will watch the musical live, be it in West End or in Broadway. Haha
Last year September 2013, it was announced that Wicked will have its Manila run coming January 2014 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines. I was so ecstatic!! Lucky me, di ko na kelangan mag ipon para makanood sa London or New York. Hahaha! Good thing my bf Louie and two friends Cha and Kc also want to watch the musical, so as early as December, i already booked our ticket through ticketworld.com.ph.
We got our tickets for January 29 because it is also Cha’s birthday, so it was like hitting two birds with one stone, Wicked and birthday! The tickets are a bit pricey so we got third row seat on the balcony. The balcony is high but nevertheless we got good view of the whole show. The show starts exactly at 7:30 pm.
Originally Elphaba was played by Idina Menzel and Glinda by Kristin Chenoweth. But for its Manila run, it was the Australian Crew lead by Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Suzie Mathers (Glinda).
Jemma and Suzie
The show is 2 and half hours long but my gulay, it was soooo good!! The set, the actors, the songs, a-mazing! Jemma and Suzie deserve special praise, which IMHO were much better than the ones in the originally Broadway show. (based only on what i saw on youtube lang ha). Defying Gravity scene gave me goosebumps, youtube can’t even capture how perfect this was live!! I also enjoyed the Popular scene and For Good scene almost made me cry.
It was one of a kind experience, you’ll laugh, cry, be amazed and even sing along with the cast. Yes, it is pricey but it was worth the money and I’m willing to spend that much just to see it again. I’m officially “wickedfy” Haha
1. As long as you are alive, anything is possible.
The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.
2. Be realistic.
The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes. Learn from them.
3. You are strong.
You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.
4. Prove yourself.
You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.
5. Believe in your dreams.
Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible.
6. Your family and friends.
Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!
7. There are people worse-off.
Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and environment than you are. Are you thinking about giving up running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.
8. You deserve to be happy.
Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until you reach your destination!
9. Inspire others.
Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up.
10. You are so close.
Often when you feel like you want to give up you are so close to making a huge breakthrough. You are just a heartbeat away from success.