You know - black is this year's pink
You deserve each other
This hat and you
You're both so smart
You deserve each other
So here, out of the goodness of my heart*
If people hadn't figured it out yet, Alisha's primary goal for the last two years at least had been to play Glinda in Wicked. She'd loved Wizard of Oz as a child, and though she'd never admit to it, she'd bought Wicked the novel as soon as it came out. Yes, she immersed herself in political satire. If anyone tried to make something of it, she'd likely just ignore it. She liked the book, but the first time she heard the soundtrack, she just knew. She was destined to play this role. Her agent really should have sent her in for the part the moment it opened up, except, of course, that she hadn't had an agent yet, and really, they weren't going to put a novice up against Idina Menzel after the success of Rent and Kristin Chenoweth was perfect for the role, which she'd give her. But still. It was a role that at some point, somewhere along the way needed to be Alisha's. Meg was a good start, or well, it would be if the primary would ever let Alisha get more than two performances in a week. The people would see. And if Meg didn't exactly sparkle, she still had some really challenging musical sequences. And Alisha was sure that she had sparkled quite enough on her recent commercial to convince any producer ever that she could shine.
She just needed someone to put all the pieces together, and then the role would be hers. She'd already told her agent to keep her ear open for anything in the cast, either touring or stationary. She'd leave New York to be Glinda. There might've been a twinge about that, but when a girl just had to do something, a girl had to do it.
So until then, she practiced, she sang, she worked on the characterization in the songs. She memorized the script. She made Keelia spend hours playing Elphaba to her Glinda, which really worked way better than you'd have thought looking at her. The bookish redhead had potential. She just needed prodding. It wasn't like she hadn't done stage before, and her dancing was so much better than Alisha's, but. Keelia just waved her away. She'd practice with her, but no. They were not launching their own performance of Wicked in the Realm just so Alisha could have an entire cast to play with.
Alisha really didn't think that was fair at all. But if Keelia hadn't learned by now that Alisha wasn't one to give up, then she would soon figure that out the hard way.
*lyrics from "Dancing Through Life" from Wicked