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03 March 2009 @ 05:19 pm
Gregory Maguire on Wicked  
'Gregory Maguire wasn't thinking about creating one of the great popular-entertainment franchises of our day. He didn't set out to provide a heartening role model for teen girls who feel unattractive or like social outcasts. He didn't even start by thinking of how to flip the script on a beloved tale.'
'The central character in "Wicked" is Elphaba, a girl born with a strange green complexion and an aversion to water who winds up, near the end of the tale, being known as the Wicked Witch of the West, even though her wickedness is a matter of some debate. The stage version -- created by songwriter Stephen Schwartz and librettist Winnie Holzman -- puts a stronger emphasis on Elphaba's relationship with Glinda the Good Witch (and, accordingly, changes the subtitle from "The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" to "The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz") and such themes as friendship and the deceptive nature of appearances. This, in part, explains the show's runaway popularity with girls.

But Maguire's initial preoccupations were of a darker order... '

Full article here

Any thoughts?

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Hannah Lewis: [WizardofOZ] follow the yellow brick roaapaperdoll on March 3rd, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)
I've heard of the version of the little mermaid that came before disney *nods*

Yeah I get what you mean, i think the musical makes the story about something else that relates to a lot of people, like it said - friendship and judging people the wrong way, the popular girl and the one no one likes.

Ok but listen to the lyrics of as long as your mine - there is some serious hinting as to how there became a son of a witch. lol.
Clare: [Wicked] Ultimate Triopixie_socks on March 4th, 2009 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh the jokes...
x_hannahbeex_hannahbee on March 3rd, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
I do agree with the musical being the 'disneyfied' version of the book.
But it's not necesarily a bad thing, i think the musical does exactly what i want from a musical, and the same with the book.
I'd wouldn't choose to go see 'darker' musical, and likewise, would prefer not to read a disneyfied book.
Both are good for different reasons :D and intended purposes and audiences I guess...
Hannah Lewis: [Wicked] Annaleigh Ashfordapaperdoll on March 6th, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
I think your exactly right, each things serve their purpose for their spefic genre.
x_hannahbee: Wicked; Dianne Pilkington - omg!x_hannahbee on March 6th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
yes exactly. you said what i meant in a lot less babble :P