In 2004, the original Broadway production of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, including best musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the show continues to run on Broadway and has touring companies throughout the United States and around the world. In Wicked: A Musical Biography, author Paul Laird explores the creation of this popular Broadway musical through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts, and completed musical scores.Laird brings together an impressive amount of detail on the creation of Wicked, including a look at Maguires novel, as well as the original source material, The Wizard of Oz. This volume also offers a history of the shows genesis along with examinations of the draft scenarios and scripts that demonstrate the shows development. Laird also explores Stephen Schwartzs life and work, providing an analysis of the composer and lyricists work on the show through song drafts, sketches, and musical examples. Laird also surveys the shows critical reception in New York and London, noting how many critics failed to appreciate its qualities or anticipate its great success. The unusual nature of Wickeds storydominated by two strong female leadsis also placed in the context of Broadway history. A unique look into a successful Broadway production, Wicked: A Musical Biography will be of interest to musicologists, theatre scholars, students, and general readers alike.
A Musical Biography