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“Wicked” – Defying Expectations

Since I still do the occasional theater review, I thought I’d go ahead and post my latest one here.

Broadway in Richmond’s production of“Wicked” stuns and sparkles. From curtain up to curtain down, “Wicked” pulls the audience in and demands attention.

“Wicked” is the “untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West” – and provides plenty of references and innuendo to the original Oz story to satisfy any Dorothy fan. This story line focuses on the early life and defining moments of Elphaba – the Wicked Witch of the West – and her relationship with Glinda, the Good.

Emma Hunton shines as Elphaba, and truly defied all expectations. Musically speaking, it’s a difficult role to play, and she did it with ease and incredible vocal strength (as seen and heard in her version of “Defying Gravity”). Gina Beck fills the role of Glinda with a flawless amount of bounce and ditz – she was quite simply perfect. Her rendition of “Popular” is by far one of the highlights of the show.

As someone that has seen “Wicked” in Richmond three times now, I will say this is the best it’s been done yet. This is a “do-not-miss-out” show!

“Wicked” runs through May 4, 2014 at the Altria Theater (formerly the Landmark Theater). Tickets are still available but they are definitely in high demand, so I urge you to not wait. Tickets can be purchased online.

Original review link: “Wicked” – Defying Expectations – Richmond Theater | Examiner.com.

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When comments go too far

So, I am almost 19 weeks along now, but look more like 24-26. When my belly popped out, I got very big very quickly. People (family, friends and strangers) have been commenting on just how big I am and how I must be carrying twins. (Or a 12 lb baby). They also all feel the need to comment on just how miserable I will be this summer.

Yes, people, I am well aware that it is going to be a long, hot summer for me. Yes, I’m aware that my belly is bigger than most womens’ at 19 weeks. I really don’t need to keep hearing it. I especially dont need to be questioned by strangers over whether or not I’m sure there aren’t two babies in there or if I have diabetes (yes, I was actually asked that).

People need to understand that it’s hard and emotional enough being pregnant – that I’m already feeling huge and fat and dealing with feelings of inadequacy – that these comments should be kept to yourself. Even if you think that it’s a harmless comment… to an emotional pregnant woman, it can still hurt.