Wicked Awesome PLUS Prom & Prejudice giveaway!

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 in Uncategorized | 35 Comments

Hello all! What I’m about to say may seem shocking to some of you. I finally saw the musical Wicked for the first time. I know, I know… What took me so long? I have no idea. But I do know one thing: It. Was. Awesome.

I was able to score front row seats through the Wicked lottery. Basically several Broadway shows hold lotteries a few hours before curtain. You put your name in, and if you’re lucky, you get selected for generally amazing seats for super cheap (in our case, it was $25 for front row!). Thursday was the second time I tried for the lottery and I just knew we were going to get it this time. I kept telling my cousin Susan that we were definitely winning. When I put my name in, I said to the guy in charge, “I’m so excited to see the show tonight, because I just KNOW I’m winning.” And I did!

I’ve never been in the front row of a show before. I was really excited, then I started to remember how much the Wicked Witch and her monkeys freaked me out as a child. Then I started to get nervous. Was I going to get scared?

And of course, what was the first thing that came out once the show started? The monkeys. Right in front of me. I turned to Susan and said, “I do not like this.” But fortunately, I started acting like an adult and became totally mesmerized with the show. Being close-up you really get an appreciation for everything from the intricacies of the costumes to the background players staying in character the entire time. And of course, there’s the music. I knew a few songs (mostly thanks to Glee) and bought the soundtrack the second I got home.

I also loved how the story of The Wizard of Oz, something we all grew up with, was re-imagined thanks to Gregory Maguire who wrote the book that the musical was based on. I love origin stories and the author in me was super jealous of his brilliance. Looks like I’ve got another book to add to my ever growing to-read pile.

I highly recommend Wicked to anybody who comes to NYC or if the traveling show comes to your town. You will NOT be disappointed!

GIVEAWAY TIME! As some of you may have noticed, my comments have been shut down for some time. First, I was getting too much spam, then I wasn’t getting legit comments. BUT! I’ve called in the Big Guns (aka my friends Laura and Kevin) to fix it and we think we got it to work. So what better way to celebrate (and make sure it’s working) by holding a contest to win a signed copy of Prom & Prejudice! All you have to do to enter is to post a comment below. That’s it. It’s open WORLDWIDE too! I’ll pick a winner by Tuesday, December 13 by 6:00 pm EST.

Please note, I will be approving comments, so your comment will be held for moderation. I’ll be in and out on Sunday, so don’t worry if it takes me a few hours to approve.

Good luck! XO, Elizabeth

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35 Comments

  1. Meghan
    December 11, 2011

    I would just LOVE to win this! It’s my 16th birthday on the 20th and this would be the best birthday present EVER!!!!

  2. Heather
    December 11, 2011

    Isn’t it terrific?!? First time imsaw it, it was with Kirsten Chenoweth and she was a-maz-ing!

  3. Arian
    December 11, 2011

    Hi Eli !! you are so lucky !! I want to go to NYC and see this musical! A lot of people told me that it’s AWESOME ! 😀

  4. Kaycee
    December 11, 2011

    I’ve read Wicked, but I’ve never been to the performance. Someday!

  5. Marjolein
    December 11, 2011

    Great contest and post! Actually Wicked just started here too in The Hague in The Netherlands and I hope to go see it someday because I only hear positive things about it. Have the book too but still have to start reading! : )

  6. JoanK
    December 11, 2011

    I’ve never seen wicked before, but so many people have recommended it to me that I think I should go see it! P.S. I love your book, I would read it during my study hall session everyday in school!

  7. Jenny
    December 11, 2011

    I haven’t seen Wicked but I absolutely love the music and the songs. Maybe I’ll read the book someday too.

  8. Jennifer
    December 11, 2011

    Sounds like a great giveaway! I haven’t read the book, and would love to win! 🙂 (would also love to see Wicked)

  9. Tatjana
    December 11, 2011

    Hahaha my friends have been raving about Wicked for years-I think this mIghr be the final push to make mesee it…in the west end Though 😀

  10. Nikki Bukowski
    December 11, 2011

    Please pick me. It`s my birthday today and i would love to win because I love your book Prom and Prejudice:)

  11. Fernanda Leite
    December 11, 2011

    Wow! That green witch is really scary! I hate green witches – not that I’ve met one but one day I watched an episode of Scooby-Doo and there was a green guy really creepy. I don’t like him at all! O_O’

    I read only one of your books, The Lonely Hearts Club – the only book translated to portuguese. Not that I can’t english books but I read only one (Meg Cabot’s Every Boy’s Got One, did you read? It’s awesome! My sister said to me once that I’m look like Jane Harris! HAHAHA) and never bought another… ¬¬’
    Besides, it’s too expansive here in Brazil… Anyway, sometimes the books worth the price. Like your book!

    Prom and Prejudice is on my top list “To Buy”. Maybe I bought it in Christmas, or maybe I win it here! Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book ever, every year I read, and my dad always joke that I live in a world of Pride and Prejudice. I told him that he would love the book (because he read the books that I give to him, like Harry Potter. Or chick-lits – he likes a lot!), but he never wanted. The loss is all him.

    I was thinking, one day you told on Twitter that Beaker, from The Muppets, it’s your favorite character right? And at the time I told you that he’s cute. So, it wouldn’t be awesome if there was some kind of musical on Broadway with him singing the classical songs from the most famous singers in the world? Like the videos on YouTube, but for real people! Success garanteed!

    That’s all, I think. I really hope you’re great! And good luck on another lottery tickets, that’s the first of many amazing shows! Maybe the next time monkeys are not in it, right? (Blue monkeys? That’s weird!)

    Bye!

  12. Suzie
    December 11, 2011

    From one Cheesehead to another!!! My daughters and I love your work and were so fortunate to be able to meet you in your hometown!!

  13. Erica Cooper
    December 11, 2011

    Oooh! I love signed books! And Wicked (which is amazing) and most other Broadway shows!

  14. Monique M.
    December 11, 2011

    ooh this is great!!! i love this book …glad you got everything running.=-D

  15. Caitlin E
    December 11, 2011

    I absolutely adored Lonely Hearts Club. It was a fantastic debut and I’ve been dying to read this new one and your new book coming out Take A Bow. Your a very talented author and thank you for your entertaining posts and giveaways!

  16. Joely
    December 11, 2011

    You saw Wicked? Jealousss! I’ve wanted to see it for so long because I have heard such good things about it, but I haven’t been able to yet. Maybe someday!

    thanks for the contest! Love it 🙂

  17. Andrea Thompson
    December 11, 2011

    I’ve always wanted to see Wicked. I had a chance but had to back out for a family emergency. I’m glad you loved it!
    Thank you.
    andreat78@yahoo.com

  18. alannah sutherland
    December 11, 2011

    ooooh i so want to win this book looks really good and i love the name of it…

    hope everything is working again for you

  19. Joy D.
    December 11, 2011

    LOVE WICKED!! I’ve been lucky enough to see it twice, and it was great both times! I would even see it again if I had the chance! There’s just something magical about that musical. Do glad you “manned” up and enjoyed it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. LittleMissVix
    December 12, 2011

    I had to try for this as I loved both your first books (and wrote blog posts about them) so yay!

  21. Kenia
    December 12, 2011

    Fantastic giveaway! I loved Prom & Prejudice it was a great book. I’ve never been to a show on Broadway before. It must have been an amazing experience! I really want to see Wicked.

  22. Kai A.
    December 12, 2011

    A friend of mine has been telling me how great the musical is, she even told me whole story a couple of times, so if I get a chance I am definitely watching Wicked. I bought a copy of the book and gave it as a present to the same friend too, I should probably read it as well.

    And thanks so much for this! I’m crossing my fingers, hope to win because I really want to read Prom and Prejudice!

  23. samantha martin
    December 12, 2011

    I really want to see Wicked. It’s been to Toronto but work came first. I’m curious to see if it’s as dark as the book is. (Also, Defying Gravity, such an amazing song)
    I love Prom and Prejudice. It’s one of those books that I finish with a smile on my face every time (yes, I’ve read it multiple times)

  24. april
    December 12, 2011

    this looks awesome! cant wait 😀

  25. Connie Onnie
    December 13, 2011

    I saw Wicked here in Arizona a couple years ago, I really enjoyed it. But man did it make me sad I didn’t get to see it with Kristin Chenoweth, loved her on Pushing Daisies. I am still planning a trip to New York, hopefully this spring, and will probably go see Wicked because everything is better on Broadway. And hopefully I can get my copy of Prom & Prejudice signed while I am there.

  26. jessica cochrane
    December 13, 2011

    Would love to win this just in time for xmas

  27. Bonnie Boatwright
    December 13, 2011

    I just know I’m going to win;). I saw Wicked last Christmas and we loved it! Defying Graaaaaaavity!

  28. Amy b
    December 13, 2011

    Would love to win the books. They look great!

  29. Elizabeth Boulanger
    December 13, 2011

    I think everyone had a fear of the flying monkeys, your’e not alone! I’ve never seen Wicked, but I hear it’s a great show. And you’re right, you never really appreciate all that goes into a show until you see the magic that is Broadway! I saw Phantom of the Opera and Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. Both of them were just amazing. They really put you into the show and make you feel like you’re living it. Front row must have been just incredible! If I could see the Beatles (or just Paul) front row I would be the happiest girl alive, but who wouldn’t be! Glad you had a great time!

  30. Giuliana
    December 13, 2011

    I would love to win! Please pick me, my friend really wants this for her birthday!!!

  31. Shelley L
    December 13, 2011

    How did I not know about this until now?! This is what I get for living in a cave (AKA my bedroom) for the past weeks studying for finals and being in a play.

    Another thing, why are there so FEW comments here? HELLO WORLD! It’s a SIGNED copy.

    Ahh!!! This is thrilling. Now how am I supposed to focus on writing about syntax and grammar and creativity in writing when I’m think “I really hope I win!!” This presents a problem for my History and Study of the English Language paper. I’m sure my professor will understand, right? RIGHT?!

  32. Megan
    December 13, 2011

    I can’t wait to read this! You are such a talented author and I am sure Prom and Predujice will be amazing! Will you ever write a sequel? Jane Austen never did but it would be nice if you could! 🙂

  33. Elizabeth Eulberg
    December 13, 2011

    Thank you all so much for your comments! I’m BEYOND happy that my comments are finally working – hooray! In the future, I’ll be sure to comment more on everybody’s posts. I didn’t want to screw up the system to picking a winner (which was done by random.org).

    Without further ado, the winner of a signed copy of Prom and Prejudice is…Nikki Bukowski! And it was your birthday, VERY COOL! Sending you an e-mail now!

    It seems that many of you have seen Wicked (jealous of those that saw the original cast), or have it on your “bucket list.” I think I might need to see it again!

    I must repeat myself and say thank you all! So happy this is working, especially since my next contest will be to win an ARC of Take a Bow. 🙂 That’ll be in the next month or so! XOXO

  34. Alejandra
    December 13, 2011

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  35. Avril Marin
    December 18, 2011

    Thanks for the heads up Ms.Eulberg! *writes note in Calendar* there now I won’t forget! especially since I was really upset about missing the P&P giveaway!