Friday, October 9, 2009


Misty's Helluva Halloween's latest post, Spotlight On: Witches prompted me to give a shout out to Wicked, the musical.

In June, my birthday treat was to see the musical Wicked. I LOVED it! The music, set and costumes were absolutely spectacular. That said, my current favorite witch is Elphaba aka The Wicked Witch of the West.

The witches highlighted in the musical are:
Madame Morrible - headmistress at Shiz University
Elphaba - Wicked Witch of the West
Glinda - Good Witch of the North
Nessarose - Witch of the East (Elphaba's sister)

Along with emphasis on political issues in Oz, I enjoyed watching the friendship growth and alliance that forms between Elphaba and Glinda.

Another shout out: The soundtrack rocks! The songs I'm fond of are Dancing Through Life and Wonderful.

The musical is based on the book, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire which I read a few years ago. It too is a great read. You get more of a backstory on all the characters. Also, this tale is darker and more serious than the musical.

And, nope. I haven't read the sequel, Son of a Witch: The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire. Have you?

I'm on the waiting list at the library for this gem of a book, Wicked: The Grimmerie, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical by David Cote.

* part of my Helluva Halloween challenge

* source of image: Kerry Ellis as Elphaba in Wicked (2007)


  1. Awesome post, Velvet! I saw Wicked last year, and it was AMAZING! I absolutely loved it. It may well be my favourite musical. I loved Defying Gravity :)
    I haven't read either of the books by Gregory Maguire, but I really want to!

  2. Ohh, I did witches this week too. They are one of my favorite paranormals. Great post I want to read Wicked.

  3. I've never seen this. I WANT to. I love Wicked, and Son of a Witch is equally fantastic. I bought the third book, A Lion Among Men, when it came out, but I haven't been able to get into it.

  4. I hear the show is awesome! My friend tried to get tickets when they came to SLC. She waited all through the night and still didn't get any.

    I thought the book okay. I started out great but by the end I was scratching my head trying to decide if I understood its many meanings.
    I did like the cursing munchkins though.

  5. I never read the book, but saw the musical online :) I love the songs! Defying gravity is beautiful.

  6. The musical is amazing, but I never read the book. That's definitely something I should do. Oh, and a wizard told me an award awaited you here :


  7. I've heard great things about the musical-but I couldn't read the book. I got about half way through it and gave up on it.


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