My first time seeing Wicked, in 2007, I had only basic knowledge about what it was about. Upon seeing Nessarose, I was thrilled. A character in a wheelchair is SO rare in a stage show. I watched and enjoyed (even the parts where Elphaba is told to take care of her sister, because while somewhat irritating, it’s also true to life.)
I will say I had a visceral reaction when Nessarose stood up. It was a hugely disappointing moment for me - much like when I see Artie magically standing in Glee, or wanting to be fixed or healed. I’d been so thrilled to see a part that seemed tailor made for an actress in a chair, and then it suddenly just…wasn’t.
That was my honest first reaction.