Wicked: The Wicked Witch Of The West

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Wicked is a musical about how the witches from The Wizard of Oz became friends. Elphaba, the wicked witch of the west, goes to Shiz University to help care for her little sister Nessarose. Her roommate at Shiz ends up being Glinda the Good. The professor at Shiz realizes that Elphaba has great powers and decides to teach her sorcery and gives her a chance to meet the Wizard. Elphaba and Glinda go together to meet the wizard and while there she is given the spell book which only the magically gifted can read. The spell did not do what she thought and she cast a spell on all the monkeys. Elphaba realizes that the Wizard is not who had said he was and was actually the reason that animals had been oppressed in Oz. Elphaba decides
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He had spent years working with Winnie Holzman to create a Broadway Musical based loosely on the book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Both Maguire and Schwartz took a classic story that everyone loves and gave the audience more. They share a backstory and give much more detail and information about the witches and Oz that one would never get by just reading or watching the Wizard of Oz. They also gave a little twist to the story, did something that changes the way that we see the whole Wizard of Oz. Something that our culture today seems to enjoy. There seems to be an excitement for classic tales retold. In addition they appealed to this generation by taking something that seems to be a prevalent issue in today’s culture. Elphaba is different from her peers and just wants to be accepted. The authors were able to use that to appeal to today’s culture. Those two reasons are two big reasons why Wicked has seen so much …show more content…
We see the scene from the end of Wizard of Oz portrayed before us. When one of the Ozians asks Glinda if it was true that she and Elphaba were friends. Glinda begins to tell the story and immediately we go back to Elphaba’s childhood. From the second scene on we see Elphaba’s life played out in sequence before us. Until we reach the end of the movie, and see Dorothy dumping the water on the witch. The play then ends with Glinda standing before the Ozians telling them that she indeed did know Elphaba. The authors did a good job at putting scenes from the Wizard of Oz into the musical. Not only that but the little bits of things from Wizard of Oz, like Dorothy or how the tin man, lion, and scarecrow came to be gave the author credibility because he knew what had happened in Wizard of

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