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November 17, 2007


The double entendre of being changed for good - this powerful song moves me tears every time.

In reflecting on relationships that have left me better versus permanently changing my foundation, sadly, I think that I have been effected more frequently than improved. In reflecting on why that is, I would simplify the themes by characterizing my level of “power” within the relationship. As I mature (age), I think that I have added to my table such that I can intern affect others for good - so for me, I think the lesson is in how I use “my powers for good”. How are each of us using hard fought gains to benefit others?


I too LOVED Wicked! So much so that some friends got me charms for my charm bracelet of Elphaba and Fiero. After I saw it for the first time in 2004 it was right as I had decided to move from New York after several years there. Below is the email I sent to Stephen Schwartz and the welcome surprise that followed. It absolutely made my day.

----- Original Message ----
From: Emily Anthon
To: Stephen Schwartz
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Subject: Thank you for Wicked!

Dear Mr. Schwartz,

I felt compelled to write you after seeing Wicked last week. Several of my coworkers had seen the show and everyone was raving about it. I couldn't wait and I wasn't disappointed.

I am currently in the process of moving from New York City , a place that has been home for the last 7 years. It's the only place that I've lived this long and established the kind of friends you do in that time. Last Wednesday I was so absolutely moved by your lyrics and music to one song in particular. "For Good" has eloquently stated the feelings I have been unable to express to my friends that I'll be leaving behind. I can't listen to the soundtrack and not cry at that song.

I enjoyed your adaptation so much I'll be seeing it again at least once and maybe twice in the next three weeks.

Because I have seen Wicked, I have been changed for the better.

Thank you,

Emily Anthon

----- Original Message ----
From: Stephen Schwartz
To: Emily Anthon
Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Subject: Re: Thank you for Wicked!

Dear Emily:

What a nice way to start my day. Thank you for writing and for sharing such kind words about WICKED. I wish you all the best in your move and hope you make new friends quickly. Thanks for doing your part in keeping the house full at the Gershwin! All the best,

Stephen Schwartz

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