It truly was a wonderful evening. We left home about 3:15 and were tucked away in the parking lot across from the Pantages about 45 minutes later. We started walking up the Boulevard looking for a place to eat. We found a couple of places that looked interesting, but all were closed on Sunday. (We thought this was a bit odd. I assume being closed on Sunday is some kind of business decision not based upon "religious convictions." Being located on sleazy Hollywood Boulevard rather negates that mindset--in my opinion.)
Anyway, after walking several blocks, we basically stumbled on a restaurant "around the corner." The restaurant was Miceli's, and the sign "since 1949" really caught our eye. (The whole evening was a continuation of my birthday--the tickets from K & J were a birthday present. Because Lyn and I were both born in '49, it seemed "fated.") Well, we loved it. The ambience was amazing. The food was okay--not as good as our little neighborhood spot (Basillico's) that we enjoy so much--but tasty, nevertheless. Being surrounded by such history was fun. (Tons of Hollywood celebs past & present have eaten there. Also presidents and senators and other political stars.) It was just a delightful way to pass the time before the show. And the rolls were to die for!
And the show itself . . . All the build-up we'd gotten was right on the money. It was a brilliant piece of theatre. I was glad I'd not read the book beforehand, because having the story unfold without so much foreknowledge made it all the more special.
There are so many deep themes running throughout WICKED: judging on appearances, labeling (the very title of the show is a lesson on false labeling), friendship, self-image, peer-relationships, family loyalty, etc. Oh, and let's not forget animal rights.
I can now understand why young teenage girls are finding the show so much more than an entertainment. As they are feeling their way through life, dealing with their own self-images, WICKED really preaches a powerful message: it's okay to be different.
Loved it. Thanks again, Jennifer and Kristi. It's was an experience we'll long remember. (And hope to repeat!)