Growing up, I listened to a lot of musicals. My parents are huge Andrew Lloyd Webber fans, and the tape (yes tape, not CD) of his greatest hits was the only music the three of us could agree on for road trips. (Well, that and Olivia Newton John, hahaha.) Plus every time I spent the night at Alex’s house, we would fall asleep to the soundtrack of whatever musical her father had just taken her to see in NYC — Les Mis, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats. I loved them all, but I hadn’t gone to see an actual musical in years. Not until Wicked last year.
Wicked was fabulous. Over a year later, I still have “Popular,” “For Good,” and my favorite, “Defying Gravity,” on my current iTunes playlist. For those of you who don’t know, it’s based on a “meta-fiction” novel that tells the story of the Wizard of Oz from the wicked witch’s point of view. I hadn’t read the novel before seeing the musical, nor have I since, but after this (9-minute) interview with author Gregory Maguire, I really, really want to.
[Edit: Sadly the video has been removed from CNN.com.]
After hearing in Gregory Maguire’s own words the deep, deliberate thought that he put into the story, it makes total sense to me that this would become a hit, in any form. And though it’s fiction — haha complete and utter fiction, obviously — it’s really interesting to see how certain themes parallel his own life.
I can’t wait to read the novel. Heck, the whole series!