There’s nothing better than sharing a special evening with the people you love the most.
Tonight was something magical.
I don’t go to musicals all that often, and the last one I went to was to The Lion King a few years ago.
I guess when you go, you go to something big and great and monumental, right?
But with musicals, they are ALL like that. Night after night, with sometimes day performances too, these amazing professionals get up in front of a full theatre, and they perform – singing, dancing, creating – a fantasy and imaginative world in front of our very eyes.
And each time they do it, it is done with such enthusiasm, energy and gusto, that you would be forgiven in thinking it was the first time they were doing it, for YOU.
Well tonight, we got to witness just that. We headed on over to the Regent theatre, both sister, nephew and I, and along with witnessing some amazing performers acting out a classic movie on stage, we walked around the city streets, grabbed some fine dinner, and in doing so created some wonderful memories to cherish together forever.
That mojito in the middle there that we had during dinner was the BOMB. It was the BEST MOJITO EVER, that I have EVER tried. There was a special sugary syrup which masked any alcohol that was in the drink…. dangerous.
The Wizard of Oz was superb. Very true to the original movie with a few little differences here and there, just to keep it modern and fresh and inventive. And the contribution of the special effects ramped up the production and key components of the story in a whole other way, positively so.
I didn’t realise how much I loved the following song…
“The house began to pitch, the kitchen took a slitch
It landed on the Wicked Witch in the middle of a ditch,
Which was not a healthy situation, for the Wicked Witch!”
… until it was in front of me, LIVE! Oh, how that catchy tune I had heard so many times in my childhood, grew on me as the performance by Dorothy, the munchkins and Glinda the good witch was performed.
There are too many amazing parts to mention, so really, you should just go and watch it yourself if it is playing in a city near you.
And then as Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and Lion got to the Emerald City to meet the Wizard of Oz, with the sheets of green background, green dancers, green sequins, green lights, and green set just emanating out to the audience, all I could think of was –
The mojito. That bloody brilliant mojito had gone to my head. Damn.
I was a sook as is typical and teared up at the end, even though I know the ending and have seen it before… but not like this. A sign of a great show. Or just a super softie, you decide. But the Universal message and underlying thread of the story is something that is so true, so real to all of us – there is no place like home.
Sure we often think the grass is greener on the other side. We look at the world through rose-coloured glasses, with our Instagram filters on when observing outside things, but looking through the microscope when dissecting the little annoyances of our own lives.
When something upsetting happens, it is a reminder that the support and comfort of home, is all you really need.
At the end of the show Glinda is telling Dorothy how to get home. She tells her to tap her shoes three times and say
Glinda: “There is no place –
Dorothy: ” – like home.”
Dorothy finishes the statement for her. It is not a question either. She knew it in her heart all along. ♥
And at the end of the night, after the pivotal after-the-show discussion, catch-up, and coffee, I headed home too…
Because as we all know, there is no other place like it ♥♥♥