Wicked: A Musical Biography

Wicked: A Musical Biography

Paul R. Laird


In 2004, the unique Broadway construction of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, together with most sensible musical. according to the best-selling novel by way of Gregory Maguire, the convey keeps to run on Broadway and has traveling businesses through the usa and around the globe. In depraved: A Musical Biography, writer Paul Laird explores the production of this renowned Broadway musical via an exam of draft scripts, interviews with significant figures, and the learn of fundamental musical assets comparable to sketches, drafts, and accomplished musical scores.

Laird brings jointly a powerful volume of aspect at the production of Wicked, together with a glance at Maguire's novel, in addition to the unique resource fabric, The Wizard of Oz. This quantity additionally deals a historical past of the show's genesis besides examinations of the draft eventualities and scripts that exhibit the show's improvement. Laird additionally explores Stephen Schwartz's lifestyles and paintings, offering an research of the composer and lyricist's paintings at the exhibit via tune drafts, sketches, and musical examples.

Laird additionally surveys the show's serious reception in ny and London, noting what number critics didn't take pleasure in its traits or expect its nice luck. the weird nature of Wicked's story—dominated by way of powerful girl leads—is additionally put within the context of Broadway heritage. a special look at a profitable Broadway construction, depraved: A Musical Biography could be of curiosity to musicologists, theatre students, scholars, and basic readers alike.

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