Emerald City is a haughty town indeed as the green-garbed townsolk prance onstage.
I know, what is a Broadway musical review doing anywhere near the SLUG umbrella … There's absolutely nothing "underground" about one of the most record-breaking box office hits ever to grace the stage. After spending a few years obsessed with Gregory Maguire's original novel, and as an old soul with a penchant for anything that draws me closer to the "Singin' In The Rain" era of musicals, there was no way I was passing up the opportunity to check out a musical for the price of a review if they were offering. Now, before you delve any further into this, let me discuss the price YOU might be paying. I had an awesome seat about 15 rows from the front, where my mom and I could make out facial expressions and costume details without having to squint much––looking them up online, I found out those seats run at about $1,000 each for the first few opening nights. I paid slightly more than that for my car, slightly less for my chest piece, and just about a grand for my MacBook––three pretty big investments––and I've never spent anywhere near that much for anything else in the 25 years I've been alive. So, unless your parents own a 9,000 square-foot Park City chalet and invite your spoiled, bleached ass to join them on a musical outing one night, or if you can find a way to sneak past the senior citizens taking tickets at the Capitol Theatre doors, you ain't singing along with Elphaba and the gang live in this lifetime. Fortunately, it looks like prices have gone down to a reasonable $100-plus, depending on your choice of seating. With that said, I raise the curtains and describe to you the splendid sights a $1,000, two-hour Broadway musical was all about.