Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Madame Morrible:  You must be Nessarose, what a tragically beautiful face. And where is- [Turns to Elphaba and screams]
Elphaba: I'm the other daughter, Elphaba. I'm beautifully tragic.

For those of you that don't know, Elphaba is the main character in the book (and Broadway musical that was based on the book) Wicked, by Gregory Maguire. It is the telling of the life of the one most people know as the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz.

 Glinda: [pointing to Elphaba's broom] You're not still carrying that old thing around?!
Elphaba: Well, we can't all come and go by bubble!

I love that it's a captivating tale from a perspective that others wouldn't have even thought to tell and of what she endured in life and the friendships she made along the way.

Elphaba: What is it? What-do I have something in my teeth? Okay, lets just get this over with: No I'm not seasick, Yes I've always been green, and no I didn't chew grass as a child.
I don't want to spoil the story for anyone that's not seen/read it, but let me say that it is well worth it! There are quite a few people, though, that don't like the book. Granted, there are some parts in there that are....odd. But I tend to look past those parts and actually take the story for it's underlying messages. And the musical...I fell in love with it from the first note I heard of the soundtrack in Torie's car that one day, so long ago...(Note: you cannot aptly compare the book and musical! They're apples and oranges.) What I wouldn't give to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in the original roles of Elphaba and Galinda...

Elphaba: [in response to Dorothy's crying] Oh, for Oz's sake, stop crying! I can't listen to it anymore! You want to see your Aunt Em and your Uncle what's his name again? Get those shoes off your feet, Little brat! Who takes a dead woman's shoes, must have been raised in a barn!

I raved about the musical so much (and highly recommended the book...I actually really liked it), that I got Misha addicted to both. As in, she liked it so much, that when we went and saw it in London, if we would have had the money, we'd have gone and seen the show a second time that same night!

So between the fact that I got Misha hooked on Wicked and the fact that her favorite character is Elphaba and the fact that her favorite color is green (which just so happens to be Elphaba's skin tone!), not to mention that she tends to run cold in the arena of body temperature, Misha was the first person that popped into my head when I saw a certain shrug kit pop up on Knit Picks! It was too perfect to pass up, so I bought it with the intent to make it her birthday present this year. I was so excited when it came in, that as soon as I finished the items that I was being paid to do, it was the next thing I started. It was done in just over a month. And because of my excitement over this (this is my first knitted adult garment, after all!), I can't wait until October to give it to her. So this weekend, when I'm in her area, I'll be saying "HAPPY BIRTHDAY...3 months early!" lol

I am quite in love with how well it came out and I can't wait for her to try it on! :D

In other news...look out for Halloween...we're planning on Misha dressing up as Elphaba and myself as Galinda!!!

No comments: