Wednesday, February 22, 2012

So Good it's Wicked!

Jeff took me to see Wicked in Birmingham! I've been wanting to see the hit Broadway musical for some time now. The catchy musical numbers are out there ("Defying Gravity", "For Good", etc.), and I also heard great reviews from the Malones. The intricate story line is the parallel tale of the Wizard of Oz, focused on the misunderstood and maligned Elpheba (who becomes known, of course, as the "Wicked Witch of the West"), and the much adored Glinda (the "Good Witch").

Jeff tolerably enjoys movie musicals (Rogers and Hammerstein and the like), but he really does like musical theater. We saw Les Miserables a few years ago, and he still hums some of the numbers. We didn't know much about Wicked (other than the little I mentioned above), so he was very pleasantly surprised by the humor, quality songs and singing, and overall message of the show.

Because it was a Tuesday evening show down in B'ham, Jeff worked from home so we could be flexible and leave early. I made a light frittata for lunch and we ate outside in the sunshine.


Late afternoon, we drove down to Cullman to visit an antique store I've been wanting to see, and then had an early dinner at a (regionally ;-) famous steak restaurant we've been hearing about. The location on the fourth floor of an old bank building afforded a view of the downtown skyline (such as it is in a small Southern city).


We ordered the Chateaubriand for two and enjoyed our meal very much. Jeff was quite enthusiastic about the steak in particular, but it came with rice, baked potato, roasted tomato, mushrooms, asparagus, pearl onions, salad, and a dinner roll. Followed up by their famous sweet orange rolls, of course, as an after dinner sweet.

An easy drive down the interstate found us at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex. Parking was a little tricky, but after I stood in a parking place to hold it until Jeff got the car through the narrow, convoluted, and uni-directional lot, we had ourselves a decently close, free space. We walked a few short blocks and happened to enter on exactly the correct side and entrance, which made finding our seats in the orchestra section painless.


The iPhone doesn't capture it well (and the house lights were still up), but we had a great view of the stage and thoroughly enjoyed the show!


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