Defying Gravity

My husband and I spent last weekend in London with my youngest son, taking advantage of the half term break to, amongst other things, celebrate his 16th birthday. When in London, a visit to a West End show is a must, and as it was his birthday treat, Dan’s choice was the musical Wicked. One of the newer shows, Wicked tells the story of the witches before Dorothy lands in Oz, and includes the toe tapping tunes Popular and Defying Gravity. The show was brilliant of course, colourful and fast paced, even if we felt at times that we were defying gravity from our seats high up in the circle!! It was great to see a wide spectrum of theatre goers, from youngsters to Grandmas, enjoying a live performance. The following night we managed to get tickets to see Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much acclaimed sequel to Phantom of the Opera. This time we were in the very front row, so close to the orchestra that it felt we should have taken our own instruments with us and played along! The average age of the audience was slightly older, but the atmosphere and excitement of the audience was just as high.
In these days of 24 hour tv, multimedia pc’s and on demand content, the experience of a live show still gives a lot of pleasure to those who can afford it. Unfortunately the experience doesn’t come cheap, even with late discounted tickets it will set a family of 4 back over £100, plus anything from £5-£10 for a programme, a souvenir brochure even more. Then there is a variety of merchandise and over priced ice creams to tempt you! So, is the expense worth it? As I sat there listening to the live orchestra, watching the cast singing and dancing, laughing at the antics of the Coney Island misfits and crying with the Phantom at the death of Christine, in the words of my computer obsessed son… It was wicked!!!


About carolwoolley

I’m a Mum with passion for reading, astronomy and music. I sing 2nd Alto in the Kidderminster Valentines female voice choir and play the clarinet and flute in the Bewdley Concert Band. By profession I am a Chartered Librarian, qualified trainer and currently a Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Follow me on twitter @woolleybear64
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