Musical Monday (Wicked), Carole Shelley in Billy Elliot!
Shelley as Madame Morrible
For today's Musical Monday, I will be writing a bit about seeing Carole Shelley as Grandma in Billy Elliot. She was also my first Madame Morrible in Wicked, which was awesome! I saw Billy Elliot on April 17, 2010 at 8pm on Broadway, directly after coming from a matinee of Wicked. I was impressed with the show, though not quite as impressed as other people had been. I was blown away by the dancing and impressed by the story, the music lacked a little (surprisingly, as Elton John usually writes incredible, memorable music) and the show seemed a bit long. Though admittedly this may be because I had just come from Wicked, my favorite show!
Shelley as Grandma
Carole (as well as Will Chase) was the best part of the show! She was hysterical and her voice sounded great! I loved the times she would come into the "house" yelling "Post! Pooooooost!" in the crackly, crazy voice. In an otherwise heavy show, she brought comedic relief, but also her song was very well done, she is an excellent storyteller and she truly got lost in it! I loved getting to meet her after the show as well, I heard she very rarely comes out of the stage door. I also heard that Will Chase rarely came out and both did! It was great and she was so kind!
Hi Wicked fans! This website opened in June 2007, when I decided that since several people seemed not to enjoy my constant talking about and obsession with the show, I would put some of that passion and talkativeness online in the form of a fan blog! And I am glad I did! Flying High earned the Official Wicked Seal of Approval in August of 2009. In addition, it was honored by Wicked on October 23, 2013 in the "30 Days of Flight" event in celebration of Wicked's 10th Anniversary on Broadway, two qualifications that I am very proud of. I hope you enjoy it!
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My name is Kyle, I am 20 years old, and a Junior studying Arts Administration at Penn State University. I have seen Wicked 23 times across the cities of NYC, Buffalo, Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Toledo, Chicago and London.
This site was founded in June 2007 at age 11 as a way to keep involved in the Wicked world and not annoy everyone I met by constantly talking about it, and shortly after, it ended up blowing up. In 2009 it won the Official Wicked Seal of Approval, awarded to a limited number of Wicked fan sites. In 2013, it was recognized by Wicked's Facebook/Twitter page in honor of their 30 Days of Flight, celebrating the show's 10th Anniversary on Broadway.
I love Wicked but I also love other musicals! Pippin, The Book of Mormon, Les Mis, Miss Saigon, Next to Normal, If/Then, Kinky Boots, Spring Awakening, Hairspray and Newsies are some of my favorites! I perform constantly, my favorite recent role being Moritz in Spring Awakening at PSU, and I write my own music.
In addition, I love non musical theatre music as well. I am obsessed with Billboard Magazine and I love pop, rock, country, r&b, urban, dance, and so many different styles of music! If you love Kelly Clarkson, you would probably be a good friend of mine. Huge Mirfanda. In addition, I love skiing, playing tennis, and working out every day.
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