Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wicked Good

Most people know this about me. If I could, I would chuck just about everything to be a Broadway star.

Sheila here.
My husband Ric likes to joke that I'd even leave him and the kids in the dust for a shot at stardom on the Great White Way. Not true. And anyway, not gonna happen. Ha! But one of the things I love about seeing Broadway shows - even when they're not in New York City - is that for a couple of hours, I can imagine being that leading lady.

Mainly, I just love seeing the incredibly talented people who take me to another place for a little while. Last week, my daughter Katie and I went to Oz. Wicked is Katie's all-time favorite musical. (Keep reading to find out mine.) it must be the favorite of many, because it's always such a hot seller in Cincinnati. I was lucky enough to see it in New York about 6 years ago, and I absolutely fell in love with the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz story. Wicked tells the tale of her early friendship with Glinda the Good Witch and how they eventually were forced to become enemies. It's also a story of love, girl power, and rising above the lack of acceptance many of us feel at some time in our lives (think Defying Gravity). Not to mention, the music and lyrics are incredible. If you haven't seen it, treat yourself, and treat your teenagers if you can!

For me, when it comes to musicals, Wicked is only topped by one, and it's all because of Julie Andrews. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. I absolutely love that movie to this day - everything about it - from the Rodgers & Hammerstein songs to the Austrian scenery. I have no idea how many times I've seen it. I'll bet it's once a year for every year of my age. It also edges Wicked because it's a true story.

If you get downtown to see Wicked or do some Christmas shopping, check out Nicholson's for the restaurant's new Sunday brunch. The Scottish pub and restaurant is offering some delicious special drinks while Wicked is in town, but the new brunch fare is permanent. We tried the traditional Scottish breakfast and a couple of different versions of Eggs Benedict, and it all tasted great. The eggs are offered with short ribs, smoked salmon, or crab cakes. You can also find a Bloody Mary menu and entrees like Tipsey Berry French Toast with Drambuie whippped cream or Chicken & Waffle Sliders. Nicholson's is the latest downtown eatery to get into the Sunday brunch business, and this trend was badly needed. I remember a few years ago, my husband Ric and I stayed downtown for our anniversary, and on Sunday morning we couldn't find anyplace to get breakfast or brunch! What a shame! Now we have choices, and I'm all about supporting local businesses.

1 comment:

  1. That brunch was incredible and funny enough at one point we were sitting in between you and Molly Wellmann. I think you may have only stopped at the table to say hi to friends. Anyways an inventive and delicious brunch.