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The musical "Wicked" is based on a book that was in turn based on what other book?
Learn about Show-Score's most frequently reviewed show: the Broadway sensation, "Wicked". What is "Wicked" about? Everyone knows the story about Dorothy, her infamous ruby red slippers, and her adventures in the Land of Oz, but not all people know the history of her emerald green nemesis, the Witch of the West, and how she became so wicked. Luckily that all changed in when "Wicked" came to Broadway, as a brand new musical about the witches of Oz. In the story of "Wicked", Elphaba, a shy, fiery, and smart young girl with green skin and strong magical powers, attended Shiz University.
Frank Baum , its sequels, and the film adaption The Wizard of Oz. However, unlike Baum's writings and the film, this book is not for children, as it contains adult language and content, including violent imagery and sexual situations. The novel presents events, characters and situations from Baum's books and the film in new ways, making numerous alterations. In , the first novel in the series was adapted as the Broadway musical Wicked. 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.
Warning: some spoilers ahead! Let me start by saying how much I love the land of Oz. I read Wicked a few years ago, and hated it. Nope, I still hated it. The book has almost nothing at all to do with the play, other than sharing the same characters and a couple settings. He attempts to explain why the witch is perceived as wicked, how she came to own the west, how she came to be called a witch, etc.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. As short-hand we always call the show 'Turning Point in Oz,' like the movie The Turning Point ; the friendship of these two women and how their characters lead them to completely different destiny's and how the friendship is tested and broken and mended etc. Defying Gravity - Applause books The book also features several of Gregory Maguire's comments and photos in the book. For example, he provided a delightful story of what happened when he and Stephen Schwartz met about the rights for converting his novel into a musical.