Today October 30, 2013 the Broadway musical of the Century "Wicked" celebrates its' 10th Anniversary. How do I remember? Because "Wicked" is the musical that my life partner took me to, and we are also celebrating 10 years defying" Gay relationship gravity. As "Wicked" lyrics say "I heard it said, that people come into your lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led, to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return." We know this is true.
'Wicked' is still "Defying Gravity" because it's the super power musical. Sometimes we may feel green, or different in life. That power to defy gravity is built within all of us. Being Gay we relate to being different, but anyone who has been bullied knows that feeling. When I met my partner Ron Hutchins, who just happens to be an multi- award winning choreographer, I was hit by lighting! The moment you hear the Wizard will see you now. I know you have a "Wicked" true story as well.
My partner Ron had no idea that "Wicked" would be so dear to me, because I was hired by choreographer Wayne Cilento, many years ago for the cast of "Chess", yes "Chess" on a cruise ship. Thank God they also had "Gypsy" and "Fiddler on the Roof" and a movie themed musical "That's Entertainment" for Holland America Line. Performing on stage as a cast member prepared me for Crusie Director.
The memory of working for Wayne Cilento brings back some of the best times in life, working alongside Curt Skinner (Aladdin) who would soon understudy Neil Partick Harris in "Rent". Which also has deep meaning for me, as Curt went onto Broadway, I roomed with Curt, while he was starring in "Rent". Even though my dyslexia would try to hold me back from learning choreography, somehow Wayne could make this American Acadamey of Dramtic Arts (AADA) alumnus look good singing and dancing. Maybe because wireless mics were not used yet, so the choreography was limited to hand held mics. This made it a bit easier than it is today, although I will never forget Wyane's intricate cain and hat choreo from "Top Hat".
So sitting in the audience of "Wicked" was already magical, Wayne Cilento had already won his Tony Award for "Tommy". His gift of getting the best out of every cast was like a "Language of Spells" which I saw that special gift in my life partner Ron Hutchins, a brillant choreographer for tap, jazz, lyrical.... "Dancing Through Life" was exactly how we were living.
The music of "Wicked" was written by my favorite composer Stephen Schwartz, who just this year I met at a performance of "Pippin" and recording on the Broadway Cast Recording. "What is the Feeling?" a feeling of "The Wizard and I", my partner was like a wizard for theatre, and I had fallen in love with a person that I had never dated, a guy with the same intrest of arts, education and Broadway. We were never "Popular", sure we were Theaspian Presidents, or chosen as Best Actors in our school, but not popular!
Through school stories we shared the same situations, the kids would call us names, as we sported our curly 70's Diana Ross hair trends, calling us lonely girl. "I'm Not That Girl". I may be Gay, but not that girl! Yes, just two drama geeks who feel "Unlimited", our future is "Unlimited". Living in the "Emerald City" of southern Florida and sunny emerald color beaches. Until "One Short Day".
"Something Bad" yes I got sick, real sick. I had strep phenomia, while my partner was serving a special contract sponsored by his Director Union SDC, choreographing "Grease" in Texas. I didn't have the energy to drive to the hospital, but Ron pushed me enough to find the strength. As I stumbed in they took me to ER. When Ron made his way back to Florida, I was dripping in tubes and IV's. His love and feeling "As Long as You're Mine" you are going to get through this. Ron nursed me back to health, but "No Good Deed" goes unpunished... I started a new job, we lost my Mother Jan Cameron to Cancer, and sure we struggled.
But, as "Wicked" celebrates its' 10th Anniversary, we with many of you share that same hopes. Today Ron fufills his dream of his current sold out Sammy Daivi Jr. show "Once In A Lifetime From Harlem To Hollywood" and next "42nd Street", "Ain't Misbehavin" for The Wick Theatre, as Theatre Chat has over 180,000 people sharing arts articles and BroadwayGlobal honors our 2nd Annual BroadwayGlobal Producer of the Year Award in December. We are here for "Good". We may have "Flashback" of "Silver Shoes" but we are still "Defying Gravity" thanks to "Wicked" and that chilling moment we shared holding hands as we heard it said, "That people come into your lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn, and we are led, to those who help us most to grow, if we let them, and we help them in return."
"Wicked" is still playing to sold out audiences at Gershwin Theatre located at 222 West 51st Street, New York, New York 10019. Visit www.wickedthemusical.com or for UK visit www.wickedthemusical.co.uk.