It’s time to try defying gravity!

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Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California

This past weekend, I had the opportunity of a lifetime to watch live the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Wicked, at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, California.


The show is nearing the end of its tour in Los Angeles (last show on March 15th!), so I knew that there was no way I was going to let the opportunity to see it pass up. I was accompanied by my good friend, Justine, and my mom, who I decided to bring as my birthday gift for her. Lucky for us for we purchasing our tickets a month ago because we scored really good seats that were reasonably close to the stage!

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Wicked was absolutely mesmerizing. I’m only beginning to appreciate theatre and the performing arts, and it completely blew me away! Going in, one of my reservations was not having enough background to understand the story in its entirety since I have not read the book nor am I familiar with the The Wizard of Oz.  Nevertheless, the play was easy to understand, even for those without prior knowledge.

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It was wicked amazing! The songs, the acting, the dancing, the costumes, the makeup, the set, the special effects… they were spectacular! Everything flowed smoothly from scene to scene. I was at the edge of my seat, my eyes permanently glued to the stage, and my jaw was on the floor during the entire performance. Elphaba (Jennifer Dinoia) and Glinda (Chandra Lee Schwartz) were beautiful and electrifying. I recall feeling goosebumps on my arms and my eyes tearing up when they performed “Defying Gravity,” particularly when Elphaba soared in the air. So many feels! I felt so proud of Elphaba for staying true to herself, upholding her standards, and standing for what she believes in.

By far, Wicked is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Even to those who aren’t fans of musicals and plays, I definitely recommend seeing it at least once. You owe it to yourself!

Anicka Nadine

Life List #37: See a Broadway play live

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Life List #37 was finally crossed off on January 13, 2015! My friends and I wanted to make the most out of our vacation in New York City, and we definitely did not want to pass up the opportunity to see The Lion King live.

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Because of our hotel’s prime location, we only had to walk 4 blocks to the legendary Minskoff Theatre, which is in the heart of Times Square. Unfortunately, cameras and flash photography were not allowed inside the theater, so I wasn’t able to take pictures on my phone.

I was never involved in drama class or theater in high school, so I don’t have as big of an appreciation for the performing arts as much as I want to, but the play was absolutely fantastic! The costumes, the music, the makeup, the props, the stage set-up were captivating! The intricacies of the costumes and the attention to detail were a level of their own. All the visual elements and acting and costume design all blended magnificently.

I remember getting goosebumps upon hearing the first few notes of “Circle of Life.” It was as if I was transported back to my childhood days. With every scene, I envisioned its cartoon movie equivalent, but with much more feeling and emotion. My heart strings were definitely tugged when Mufasa died during the stampede. Seeing all the pageantry in person instead of in a television screen makes the experience so much more personal and enchanting.

Anicka “Hakuna Matata” Nadine