To get this out of the way first: I loved, loved, loved the road production of Wicked, appearing this week at Capitol Theatre. It's a great show to begin with, and it's got possibly the strongest touring cast I've ever seen.
Particular hats off to Chistery and the other flying monkeys—that has got to be one of the most physically demanding chorus roles ever. I tell you, those boys are in fine shape, which is plainly obvious thanks to their form-fitting costumes, showing off every sinew and ripple to fine effect. I, for one, was certainly inspired, and it made me wonder if, as they tour the sticks and backwaters of this fine nation, they're unwittingly planting the seeds of a whole new fetish. Next year, monkey bars could be opening up everywhere.