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Wicked by Geoffrey Maguire is one of my favorite books. If you’ve never read it, you should know it’s really nothing like the Broadway musical. It’s complex, with lots to say about truth, social class and race. It’s a great story, and I re-read it every so often hoping to glean a little more every time.

I first saw the musical Wicked in January 2009 when my mother took me to London. We were only there for three days, and we packed in everything we could. We saw a matinee and were instantly in love with the music, the costumes and the set. It was phenomenal. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to see Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel playing the parts of Galinda and Elphaba.

When I returned from my whirlwind trip, I downloaded the original score and watched You Tube videos of Kristin and Idina over and over. I found the Glee version where Rachel and Kurt do a “diva off” of “Defying Gravity.” In short, I was – and still am – wickedly obsessed with the show.

Of course, Mom and I saw it when it came to Little Rock. We took Emily with us. When Elphaba took flight on her broom during Defying Gravity at the end of the first act, I got goose bumps and tears in my eyes (happens every time!). I looked over at Emily, and she was wide-eyed and open-mouthed. She turned to me and smiled and bounced up and down in her seat. She, too, was hooked.

I love that music spans the generations. I love that a good show tune can lift my spirits. And I love that there is an entire song built around the words “unadulterated loathing.” ‘Cause good vocabulary can take you far in life.

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