Fans of Gregory Maguire’s popular 1996 Wizard of Oz backstory book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (Harper Fiction) will be happy to know that Wicked, its Broadway musical version, has a fresh new touring schedule that will spread its delicious spell over the U.S. in 2008-2009.
With a new slate of North American tour dates that kicked off in Pittsburgh Sept. 3, Wicked will hit 17 major cities by next summer. Click here for schedule and ticket information.
For fun, enjoy the little documentary about Wicked above.
Wicked, which made its debut on Broadway in 2003, tells the stage version of the relationship between Wicked Witch of the West-to-be Elphaba and her perfect, popular and pretty college roommate Glinda, who becomes the Good Witch of the North. Wizard of Oz fans knew they were acquaintances, but author Maguire’s decision to delve into the story behind their divergent roads is truly inspired.
The stage show is deemed appropriate for children ages 8 and up.
The novel, on the other hand, contains adult themes and language. My husband enjoyed it in college. But for the younger set, the Oz series is abundant, starting of course with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 100th Anniversary Edition (Books of Wonder) or, for the even younger, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A Commemorative Pop-up.