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So, Dill (my husband) is a gem. A real gem. I don't know many men who would willingly pay a to see a chick-play like Wicked. And dress up for it. AND don an Elphaba-green tie for the occasion. But he did.
Of course, I wore green, too.
My 25th birthday is coming up in 26 days, you know, and Dill wanted to make my quarter-of-a-century mark extra special. Because I've been wanting -- no, DYING -- to see Wicked since it debuted about 7 years ago, he so thoughtfully purchased tickets to see it at Grady Gammage. He surprised me with them on Christmas Day. I was sooooo excited! I almost cried! (I try not to cry over silly things like this, but sometimes a tear escapes without permission).
For our pre-show date, we ate at Gordon Biersch on Mill Avenue. The weather was perfect so we dined on the patio. It was lovely. Their garlic fries are heavenly. I probably grossed out everyone I spoke to with my strong garlic breath, but they were WORTH IT.
After dinner, we went to Red Mango for some frozen yogurt. I'm a huge fan of froyo and haven't found any as scrumptious as Pinkberry in California. Well, Red Mango is a close second. DEELISH. I got the mango/pomegranate swirl and topped it with strawberry boba. Good life decision right there.
The play was uh-MAZING, just as everyone and their dog had told me it would be. The music! The dancing! The costumes! But oh my, the SINGING ... I couldn't help it, I cried a few times throughout the show because of how amazing the vocalists were. Truly magnificent.
I can't wait to take Bubby someday. She was fascinated by the Playbill and kept asking me about the pink witch and the green witch the next day. I know she'd adore Glinda's dresses.
If you haven't seen Wicked, you must make it a priority and go before you die. It's fabulous, it's creative, it's funny, it's heart-wrenching, it's touching. It made me think long and hard about how I treat other people. Definitely a life-changer.
And a HUGE thanks to my mom (Grammy) for watching the kids so we could fully enjoy the experience! You're the best, Mom!