Wicked Musicals

Fans of musicals are eagerly waiting for Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of OzStephen Schwartz‘s musical adaptation of Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel , to arrive in Winnipeg on Aug. 24th.   Although Wicked received mixed reviews in the New York Times, the musical won three Tony Awards in 2004 .   Since then, it has become a favourite with audiences worldwide. 

Prepare for the show by checking out the novelscore, and audio cd which features  Wicked’s original cast, including Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth (Glee fans will be familiar with both Idina & Kristin). Even a parody of Wicked is available at the library. 

For more information about musicals in general try:  Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics with Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, Grudges, Whines and Anecdotes by Stephen Sondheim and Showtime: A History of the Broadway Musical Theater by Larry Stampel.  Finishing the Hat is Stephen Soundheim’s intimate recollection of his stellar career.  Sondheim offers the reader surprisingly frank descriptions of his successes and failures.  Sondhiem’s  discussion of true rhyme and differences between writing pop songs and musical numbers is priceless.  Stampels’ Showtime is a beautifully written and illustrated history of Broadway musicals.  It was fun to compare Stampel’s assessment of Sondheim’s work with Sondheim’s thoughts. 

Other great material about musicals include:

 I’m the greatest star : Broadway’s top musical legends from 1900 to today by Robert Viagas.

 Or if you need a break from reading a book try the PBS documentary: Broadway: The American Musical 

What are some of your favourite musicals?


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