Wednesday, January 20, 2016
This evening I experienced my first live musical performance and it was WICKED. But seriously though, aside from being absolutely amazing, Wicked was by far one of the greatest performances I have ever witnessed. For those of you who have never seen it 1.) go see it immediately 2.) it is basically the backstory of the classic movie The Wizard of Oz 3.) if you have never seen The Wizard of Oz watch it before you see Wicked otherwise you won’t understand all the light-hearted humor.
After my history class this morning, I spent most of the day doing homework and catching up on sleep (I think I’m still feeling a tad bit jet lagged). Around lunchtime my roommate, Kenzie, and I attempted to make grilled cheese in a pot. It really didn’t pan out (pun intended), but the tomato and basil soup we got at Tesco on our grocery run Sunday made up for our lack of cooking skills.
A little after 5 p.m. I started getting ready to go to the theatre. I must have tried on at least seven different outfits before I finally settled with a skirt and tights with wedges and a turtleneck. For some reason I felt that I should be dressed like Julia Roberts on her way to the opera in Pretty Woman, but to no avail. I made my way to the Apollo Victoria Theatre where the rest of the CIEE group was waiting to enter.
Once our group made it inside, we found our seats and anxiously anticipated the start of the show. My seat was in the section above the main floor, so I had a downward view of the show, but I was right in the center so I could see everything perfectly.
The show itself was beautifully acted and choreographed. The performers were filled with so much energy that it was impossible not to enjoy the show. I have never seen a Broadway musical, but I pictured it would be similar to this—energetic, passionate, lively and entertaining. And of course, like any great performance it left me wanting to see more. I hope to see another show while I’m here, but this was a great introduction into the entertainment London has to offer.