have you ever watched someone performing on stage and felt like your heart might burst from joy? that was my entire day today.
tonight’s trip to wicked was a big one; my 10th time seeing @laurelnyc as the green girl! i still remember the excitement i felt when i found out laurel was coming back to wicked earlier this year...and the intense “but what if i don’t get to see her?!” stress i felt immediately after. thankfully i didn’t have to wait too long! i always knew i would love her elphaba, but i was truly unprepared for how much it would change me, and the way i experienced wicked.
the cool thing about getting to see someone in the same role several times is that you start picking up on the subtleties you might not notice after a show or two. it’s things like her optimism in the first few scenes, the way she lets elphaba be afraid at times, the way you can see the anger radiating off of her in the lion cub scene, the immediate change you can see in her during defying gravity, the way she calls out for glinda instead of fiyero before wonderful, her flawless delivery of every line in the catfight scene, the way no good deed always shakes me to my core, when she looks at glinda one last time and puts her hand to her heart...
basically, there are a lot of reasons to love laurel’s elphaba, but ultimately the way she plays elphaba with such truth and vulnerability has changed the entire way i look at her as a character. i could write for days about it (even more than i just did) but i’ll probably just settle for making sure i’m at the gershwin the next time she goes on 💚✨