Defying Gravity

180px-MTS2_sunken-woglinde_623691_broadwayIdinaNoGoodDeedLately, I just cannot get enough of the soundtrack to Wicked, the Broadway musical that is a prequel to the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. In the play (spoiler alert!) Glinda, the Good Witch of the North, recounts her days in college where she was roommates with a green-skinned girl named Elphaba. Glinda and her friends teased and tormented poor Elphaba until the girl made a desperate deal with the Wizard. She became the fearsome Wicked Witch of the West, wreaking havoc and striking terror throughout the Land of Oz. While I never became a frightening and terrible witch, I can definitely relate to the play’s themes of loneliness and feeling like you don’t belong. Elphaba learns to love herself for who and what she is, and that’s something that I’ve learned to do while I’ve been in college. Continue reading