This song is one of Elphaba’s solos in Wicked and might mean SPOILERS if you proceed in this post. It is actually the first song in the love triangle. Yes, it may be heartbreaking, but it isn’t the most emotional song in Wicked. This sounds odd to say, but it is also an ironic song.
Hands touch, eyes meet Sudden silence, sudden heat Hearts leap in a giddy whirl He could be that boy But I’m not that girl
Don’t dream too far Don’t lose sight of who you are Don’t remember that rush of joy He could be that boy I’m not that girl
Every so often we long to steal To the land of what-might-have-been But that doesn’t soften the ache we feel When reality sets back in
Blithe smile, lithe limb She who’s winsome, she wins him Gold hair with a gentle curl That’s the girl he chose And Heaven knows I’m not that girl
Don’t wish, don’t start Wishing only wounds the heart I wasn’t born for the rose and the pearl
There’s a girl I know He loves her so I’m not that girl
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
Moments before Elphaba sings this unrequited love song, she just realizes her feelings for Fiyero. She actually confesses in the song that she doesn’t think she is good enough for him because is green through the lyrics, “I wasn’t born for the rose and pearl”. Actually, she decides to NOT steal him away from her best friend, Glinda. That is literally how strong their friendship is- meaning they will not let a boy get in the way. That really is how loyal the two best friends are.
But why do I say this song is IRONIC? Little does Elphaba know that Fiyero has feelings for her. The two actually have no idea that they will eventually end up with each other. That is why the song is ironic- as in she will not always have the unrequited love. There was some foreshadowing in act I that this will eventually happen, but will not be noticed if you weren’t paying close attention. Fiyero and Elphaba already have a stronger chemistry than Fiyero and Glinda. Even the Lion Cub scene has clues- look at how they are interacting- almost playfully flirting- plus Fiyero can’t stop thinking about that incident.
As Long as You’re Mine is the romantic duo in Wicked. To proceed, you will see SPOILERS.
The song is very mature and mystical. In addition, it is not expected to happen making it an ironic song. Wicked is home to a very complex love triangle. In act I, Elphaba sings the unrequited love song, “I’m Not That Girl”, which means you assume Elphaba and Fiyero will NEVER end up with each other. In act I, Fiyero has a crush on Elphaba not fully realizing it. Fiyero realizes his true feelings for Elphaba after hearing rumors spread about her.
[Elphaba] Kiss Me Too fiercely Hold Me Too Tight I Need Help Believing You’re with me tonight My wildest dreamings Could not foresee Lying beside me With you wanting me
And just for this moment As long as you’re mine I’ve lost all resistance And crossed some borderline And if it turns out It’s over too fast I’ll make ev’ry last moment last As long as you’re mine….
[Fiyero] Maybe I’m brainless Maybe I’m wise But you’ve got me seeing Through different eyes Somehow I’ve fallen Under your spell And somehow I’m feeling It’s “up that I fell…
[Both] Every moment As long as you’re mine I’ll wake up my body And make up for lost time….
[Fiyero] Say there’s not future For us as a pair….
[Both] And though I may know I don’t care
Just for this moment As long as you’re mine Come be how you want to And see how bright we shine Borrow the moonlight Until it is through And know I’ll be here holding you As long as you’re mine….
Stephen Schwartz, Wicked
The two sing “As Long as You’re Mine” after Fiyero finally finds Elphaba in the Wizard’s Palace. The song alone shows that they are, in fact, a mature couple. In my opinion, the love triangle develops in the same way the characters do. Elphaba and Fiyero ALWAYS had a strong chemistry- even before they became a couple. Fiyero’s relationship with Elphaba made him a mature and courageous young man- you notice this during “As Long as You’re Mine” and scenes that fall after.
One of the hardest things about COVID was dealing with disappointments. We had to put a pause on some of the most important parts of our lives. For me, one of those belonged to musical theatre. 2020 was the first year musicals got postponed. You would think the postponement of Wicked would be a major disappointment, but it actually wasn’t. That was because I had already seen it four times.
Wicked, actually, is the musical that will open up Blumenthal 21/22 season. Blumenthal recently announced when tickets will go on sale for those were are not season ticket holder. Waiting for that felt like longer than usual. That was due to COVID- we had no idea when we would see musicals again. There is something interesting about Wicked being this year. September 2021- do you know how long Wicked has been part of my life? August 2006 was my first visit to the musical- in NYC at the Gershwin Theater. So, I will be seeing the musical this year at a major milestone- 15 years.
My favorite storylines in the musical are the friendship and the love triangle. Elphaba and Glinda have a very powerful and beautiful friendship. The love triangle between Elphaba, Fiyero, and Glinda is actually my favorite musical theatre love triangle. Part comes from it being the first one I emotionally bonded with. Another part comes from how complex it is.
As many musical theatre fans know, ROMANCE is one of the main themes. In addition, there are love triangles. Some of those love triangles are really complex and hard to understand. Some might wonder why they are even in the plot. Of all the love triangles I have come across, the Wicked one is the most complex. Just to let you know, my favorite love triangle is in Wicked.
There is a REASON why I said Wicked’s love triangle is the most complex. Yes, in ALL love triangles someone gets left out leading to unrequited love. Unrequited love is heartbreaking, and it is always interesting to see how characters respond. Yes, characters do feel lonely and angry when they are not loved back. For Wicked, the love triangle is between two best friends and the young man they love (Elphaba, Glinda, and Fiyero). Those are the only characters in Wicked I am emotionally connected to.
I think I know WHY Wicked’s love triangle exists. It does really help develop and strengthen the friendship between Elphaba and Glinda. After all, the center core of Wicked is between these two best friends. How far do you think they will go to keep their friendship alive? The love triangle tests their loyalty to each other. Originally, Elphaba had unrequited love for Fiyero. Look how she responded- she decided not to steal Fiyero away. You think she will always have the unrequited love.
Well, think again. Act II begins, and Fiyero hear all of these rumors spread about Elphaba, and realizes his true feelings for Elphaba. He loves Elphaba instead of Glinda– so he breaks up with Glinda. So, an unrequited love shift—-this is when a lot is being questioned. Here is what I believe- Fiyero had a crush on Elphaba at Shiz, but deep down wasn’t fully aware of it. How do you think Glinda decided to respond to her unrequited love? Just like Elphaba, she decided not to steal him back. That is just how strong their friendship is- they don’t want a boy to get in the way.
This is why I think the love triangle exists- to test their loyalty to each other, which eventually strengthens their friendship.
This can happen in all sorts of literature. At first glance, some characters appear to be simple, but in reality they are complex. Today I will talk about musical characters that are like that.
Fiyero- Major Spoilers
In Wicked, it is most obvious that Elphaba and Glinda are complex. However, at first glance, Fiyero isn’t. Fiyero goes through a drastic transformation- from being a jerk to softening up to eventually becoming a courageous and mature young man.
When he arrives at Shiz, he really is a jerk. He does’t care much about anything- he has been expelled from a number of schools. When we first meet him, he accidentally knocks over Elphaba, which sends her school books flying. Elphaba honestly can’t stand him- you get the feeling that she will never fall in love with him. All he really cares about is having a good time- as shown in “Dancing Through Life”.
The Lion Cub Scene: it is important to play close attention to Fiyero. He actually has softened up a bit. Right now, Elphaba and Fiyero are in the woods getting ready to free a scared lion cub in a cage. You can tell there is a strong chemistry between Fiyero and Elphaba, which indicates that Fiyero actually has a crush on Elphaba. These two are literally like basically filtering with each other in a playful way. You also start to notice that Elphaba is falling in love with Fiyero- there is a reason why her spell didn’t affect him. The Lion Cub scene is truly when the love triangle begins. After this scene, Fiyero can’t seem to forget about this scene in particular.
There is a reason why I said pay close attention to Fiyero in the Lion Cub scene. At the end of act I, Elphaba still has unrequited love. You truly think that Fiyero and Glinda are endgame. Think again- in “Thank Goodness”, after hearing about the rumors about Elphaba, he all of a sudden realizes he is in love with Elphaba. This love triangle really does develop in the same way the characters do. So, an unrequited love shift happens- that is a huge reason why he is complex.
Through his love for Elphaba, he shows a lot of courage and maturity. He literally is willing to sacrifice his life for her, and the same is also true for Elphaba. These two don’t want the other hurt- that is why Fiyero demands “to let the green girl go”. Fiyero looks like he might possibly be tortured- at the same time, Elphaba is trying spell after spell to save him. They both are considered outcasts.
Just like Fiyero, Marius is the male romantic lead. He truly does seem like a simple character. He appears as if he is just this romantic revolutionary. However, that is far from the truth. Due to reading the book, I realized he is more complex than he seems. He has a political conflict with his grandfather, is a revolutionary, and fell in love for the first time. At the same time, he is good friends with Eponine.
It might seem as if he is a jerk, but that is not true. If he was a jerk, Eponine never would have fallen in love with him. I know it appears that way when he asks her to do these errands for him. However, Marius is the only person who treats her kindly. He does worry about her and does care- he knows of her tragic and dark life. Look, at the beginning of act II, I believe he sent Eponine away to try to protect her from getting hurt or killed during the uprising. That is why he asked Eponine: “why did you come back”. He was really worried- you notice this when he realizes she was dying. He was devastated, but yet shows compassion. He comforted her and held her in this moment- how can people not see the compassion shown in “A Little Fall of Rain”. If he truly didn’t care or have compassion, he would have left her to die alone and wouldn’t have been devastated.
What are his characteristics- awkward, kind, sweet, romantic, and brave. I actually believe that awkwardness makes him a more charming person. He may not be a tragic character, but terrible things do happen to him. He was the only survivor of the barricade. All he has left is Cosette, the love of his life. He had to deal with survivor’s guilt. The sad thing about Cosette and Marius is that at the end of the musical, the only thing they have left is each other. Together, these two bring hope to this tragedy.
Are are other musical characters you think are more complex than they appear?