I’m Wicked Confused

wickedThe touring company of the Broadway musical Wicked recently came to nearby Syracuse, and the event inspired a great deal of punning on the name.  Now, I understand why a musical with a name that is an adjective is a tempting target for this sort of thing, but this particular adjective is kind of tricky for this.  For instance, the “wicked opportunity” for a local understudy detailed in one newspaper article.  I don’t think a “wicked opportunity” is a thing, really.  Now, if the Musical had been called Golden, that would have worked (note to producers of James Bond films: call me about my idea for an adaptation of Goldfinger).  Worse yet, I saw a newspaper refer to the arrival if the touring company as “something wicked this way comes”, which is just confusing, literary-wise.

They really would have been better off embracing a South Boston ethos and just using it as an adverb – there are all sorts of opportunities there, since you could just insert a word like “awesome” and make everything fit.  That would have been wicked smaht.

~ by smwilliams on December 18, 2012.

3 Responses to “I’m Wicked Confused”

  1. Wicked Opportunity. Adj. A chance to do something a little evil. Like the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not quite evil enough.

    • It sounds like you’re saying that the paper is accusing the traveling company of Wicked of using the visit as a chance to raid the coat check for spare change and umbrellas. Pretty clever, if you’re right. They wouldn’t dare do that on Broadway since they’d have to show up the next day and face an angry theater crowd, while the traveling company can slink out of town like depression-era carnies.

  2. Exactly, and it gave me a chance to quote Dr Evil.
    Of course just how dangerous is an angry theater crowd – skip that- I remember what Shepard Book said about people who talk in the theater, there’s a special place in hell for them, alongside Ship Captains who kiss young nubile child brides.
    That’s some serious anger.
    And I got in a Serenity reference.

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