Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Not everyone can come and go by BUBBLE

I read a book called Wicked many, many years ago. Little did I know is that one day, it would become a musical. Little did I know it would become a very famous, fantisical, amazing musical that would eventually come to Calgary. I have tickets and I'm really excited to go!

"It is a revisionist look at the land and characters of Oz from L. Frank Baum's 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its 1939 film adaption The Wizard of Oz. Unlike the popular 1939 movie and Baum's writings, this novel is not directed at children, and contains adult language and content including violent imagery and sexual situations."

"Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and her relationship with Galinda, later Glinda, the Good Witch of the North (in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz novel, Glinda is the Good Witch of the South). The two women struggle through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. The plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to the events depicted in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz."

"The novel is a political, social, and ethical commentary on the nature of good and evil and takes place in The Land of Oz, in the years leading to Dorothy's arrival. The story centers on Elphaba, the misunderstood green-skinned girl who grows up to become the notorious Wicked Witch of the West. Gregory Maguire fashioned the name of Elphaba (pronounced EL-fa-ba) from the initials of Lyman Frank Baum, L-F-B. The story is divided into five different sections based on where the story line is taking place."

Wicked, the musical, has broken box office records around the world. The show was nominated for ten 2004 Tony Awards, winning three, including for Best Actress (Menzel). It also won six Drama Desk Awards and an Olivier Award.



This is going to be fun!

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