Books, Film, Uncategorized

“Wicked”: From Pages, To the Stage, & the Big Screen

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Based on a novel, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, publish in 1995 by Gregory Maguire, tells the story of how the Witches of Oz became who they are from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The story follows Elphaba and G(a)linda through their school days and up to when Dorothy falls in to Munchkinland. The two struggle through each others contrasting personalities, the rivalries, and reactions to the Wizard’s motives.

In 1998, Maguire released the rights to Universal Pictures who initially wanted to turn the novel to a motion picture. That same year, Steven Schwartz received rights to the story to create a stage production.

Wicked was brought to Broadway in 2003, with the first cast including Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. The original Broadway production was nominated for 10 Tony Awards (winning 3) in 2004, and won 6 of the 11 awards the show was nominated for at the Drama Desk Awards.

Now, the show has become a worldwide phenomenon, with troupes traveling throughout Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and South America. U.S. Tour schedule can be found here. My family and I have seen the traveling U.S. troupe about 5 or 6 times. Currently, Elphaba is played by Jessica Vosk and Amanda Jane Cooper portrays Glinda. The show has been fantastic and I recommend this to anyone who hasn’t seen it or is a fan of the novel. In all the times I have been, the story and production have not strayed from when I had seen it for the very first time.

In 2015, it was released that a motion picture based on the novel and musical will be in theaters in 2019. There has been speculation on who will be cast in the film, but no information has been released on that. My hopes, is that Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reprise the roles of Glinda and Elphaba.

I am sure more information on this upcoming film will be in the press until closer to the time of production.

Have you seen Wicked? Anyone read the novel? What are your predictions on the actors cast in the film?

 

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