Wednesday, March 26, 2008


Last week our family took a 30 hour excursion to New York City. As an Easter present for the kids and a final family road trip before Joy leaves for college, I found tickets to an already sold out performance of the hit Broadway Show…“Wicked.” Of all the shows available, this was the one that both my kid’s desperately wanted to see. Because the show was already sold out and I had to go through a ticket liquidator to acquire them, I felt like I was living one of those Master Card commercials:

$800.00 – Broadway tickets to “Wicked”
$20.00 – Souvenir program
$60.00 – Gas and tolls
$180.00 – Hotel
$300.00 – Food
$50.00 – Statue of Liberty tickets

Making my kid’s day and having a shared experience as a family…PRICELESS!

I’m not exactly sure the Broadway show was worth the $800 but it was pretty incredible. The theater itself, the story line, the humor, the music…it was fascinating. Wicked is the story of the witches of Oz prior to their entrance into the classic “The Wizard of Oz.” The main storyline deals with the very green Wicked Witch of the West. Remember her horrifying cackle before Dorothy threw the pail of water on her and melted her?

The story line basically showed the Wicked Witch of the West being born normal like everyone else with the exception being that she was green (by the way, according to the story, this was because the Wicked Witch of the West was really the daughter of the Wizard of Oz himself who had an affair with the Wicked Witch of the West’s mother). The story would have it that this green gal really had a good heart. However, because everyone avoided her due to her strange color and due to some adverse circumstances created around her by the Wizard himself, she was viewed by all as “Wicked.” In fact, the tagline on the $20 souvenir program was this…“Are we born wicked or is wickedness thrust upon us?”

According to the musical, the green witch was born good and in fact, still contained good at the end. However, due to her environment she was seen by all those in Oz as wicked. It really was a great storyline, especially as they made it morph with the events of the actual story of “The Wizard of Oz.” It was a great Broadway Show. I highly recommend it to you. But, keep in mind, they do get the answer to the question of wickedness all wrong. The truth is that we are all born wicked. Just read this from the Bible…“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)

You see, in real life we are all born wicked. We are all born sinners. An what’s worse, there is nothing we can do about it. That’s why each of us needs to know Jesus!

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