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Wicked: Yellow Brick Road Stretches On September 25, 2008

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.

posted by Janie McQueen, author of The New Magic Bookshelf: Finding Great Books Your Child Will Treasure Forever

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2 Responses to “Wicked: Yellow Brick Road Stretches On”

  1. Tami Says:

    I really don’t know much about this story but I’ve always loved the “Wizard of Oz”. My husband grew up in Upstate NY near the birthplace of the author of the WOZ. The sidewalks in the town are all yellow brick. It’s really a cool thing to see. My kids and I watch the WOZ on TV at least once a year. I’m going to check our library for the other book mentioned here. 🙂

  2. jbmcqueen Says:

    Wow, how fun that would be to visit, much less live near, Baum’s birthplace! Sidewalks etc. sound like a blast. I love WOZ movie, too — I think I was 14 before I could make it through the flying monkey scenes, but my children don’t seem to share that issue, lol. The book “Wicked”, by the way, is quite adult — my husband read it for a sociology class and it’s a great story, but it is a departure from what I usually discuss on a children’s book site! Still, it’s lots of fun for the appropriate reader.


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