the Grimmerie

Author: David Coté,Joan Marcus,Stephen Schwartz

Publisher: Hyperion Books


Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 1594

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Two girls quite accidentally crossed paths: one, pretty and popular; the other smart and ... green. The story of how these two unlikely friends became Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West has made for the most spellbinding new musical in years: Wicked.

The Wizard of Oz

Musical Adaptations from Baum to MGM and Beyond

Author: Danielle Birkett,Dominic McHugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0190663170

Category: Music

Page: 272

View: 669

One of the most beloved film musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz represents an enduring family favorite and cultural classic. Yet there is much more to the story than meets the eye, and the MGM movie is just one of many ways in which it has been represented. In this lively and wide-ranging book, editors Danielle Birkett and Dominic McHugh bring together insights from eleven experts into the varied musical forms this great American myth has taken in the past century. Starting with the early adaptations of L. Frank Baum's story, the book also explores the writing, composition and reception of the MGM film, its importance in queer culture, stage adaptations of the movie, cult classic The Wiz, Stephen Schwartz's Broadway blockbuster Wicked, and the cultural afterlife of the iconic Arlen-Harburg songs. What emerges is a vivid overview of how music - on stage and screen - has been an essential part of the story's journey to become a centerpiece of American culture.

The Road to Wicked

The Marketing and Consumption of Oz from L. Frank Baum to Broadway

Author: Kent Drummond,Susan Aronstein,Terri L. Rittenburg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319931067

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

View: 8819

The Road to Wicked examines the long life of the Oz myth. It is both a study in cultural sustainability— the capacity of artists, narratives, art forms, and genres to remain viable over time—and an examination of the marketing machinery and consumption patterns that make such sustainability possible. Drawing on the fields of macromarketing, consumer behavior, literary and cultural studies, and theories of adaption and remediation, the authors examine key adaptations and extensions of Baum’s 1900 novel. These include the original Oz craze, the MGM film and its television afterlife, Wicked and its extensions, and Oz the Great and Powerful—Disney’s recent (and highly lucrative) venture that builds on the considerable success of Wicked. At the end of the book, the authors offer a foundational framework for a new theory of cultural sustainability and propose a set of explanatory conditions under which any artistic experience might achieve it.

The Wizard of Oz as American Myth

A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900–2007

Author: Alissa Burger

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489596

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 5010

Since the publication of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900, authors, filmmakers, and theatrical producers have been retelling and reinventing this uniquely American fairy tale. This volume examines six especially significant incarnations of the story: Baum’s original novel, the MGM classic The Wizard of Oz (1939), Sidney Lumet’s African American film musical The Wiz (1978), Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995), Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s Broadway hit Wicked: A New Musical (2003), and the SyFy Channel miniseries Tin Man (2007). A close consideration of these works demonstrates how versions of Baum’s tale are influenced by and help shape notions of American myth, including issues of gender, race, home, and magic, and makes clear that the Wizard of Oz narrative remains compelling and relevant today.


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Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Klett-Cotta

ISBN: 9783608938111


Page: 533

View: 3230

Changed for Good

A Feminist History of the Broadway Musical

Author: Stacy Wolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199831238

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

View: 2411

From Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" to Nina in "In the Heights" and Elphaba in "Wicked," female characters in Broadway musicals have belted and crooned their way into the American psyche. In this lively book, Stacy Wolf illuminates the women of American musical theatre - performers, creators, and characters -- from the start of the cold war to the present day, creating a new, feminist history of the genre. Moving from decade to decade, Wolf first highlights the assumptions that circulated about gender and sexuality at the time. She then looks at the leading musicals to stress the key aspects of the plays as they relate to women, and often finds overlooked moments of empowerment for female audience members. The musicals discussed here are among the most beloved in the canon--"West Side Story," "Cabaret," "A Chorus Line," "Phantom of the Opera," and many others--with special emphasis on the blockbuster "Wicked." Along the way, Wolf demonstrates how the musical since the mid-1940s has actually been dominated by women--women onstage, women in the wings, and women offstage as spectators and fans.

The Wizard of Oz and Philosophy

Wicked Wisdom of the West

Author: Randall E. Auxier,Phil Seng

Publisher: Open Court

ISBN: 0812697820

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

View: 2191

From the bedtime story by L. Frank Baum to the classic 1939 film, no story has captured the imaginations of generations of children — and adults — like The Wizard of Oz. The story of Dorothy’s journey through Oz, the colorful characters, places, songs, and dialogue have permeated popular culture around the world. The contributors to this volume take a very close look at The Wizard of Oz and ask the tough questions about this wonderful tale. They wonder if someone can possess a virtue without knowing it, and if the realm of Oz was really the dream or if Kansas was the dream. Why does water melt the Wicked Witch of the West and why does Toto seem to know what the other characters can’t seem to figure out? The articles included tackle these compelling questions and more, encouraging readers to have discussions of their own.

Jersey Boys

The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Author: David Cote

Publisher: Broadway

ISBN: 9780767927581

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 173

View: 6199

The companion to the musical "Jersey Boys" presents the story of four high-school dropouts from New Jersey who became one of the biggest American pop music phenomena of all time, and describes the evolution of the musical based on their lives.

Die Bibel nach Biff


Author: Christopher Moore

Publisher: Goldmann Verlag

ISBN: 3894809965

Category: Fiction

Page: 576

View: 4567

Im Buch der Bücher fehlen einige Kapitel: Unter den wachsamen Augen von Engel Raziel soll Biff diese Lücke füllen und alles über die Kindheit und die turbulente Jugend von Jesus Christus berichten. Biff ist der einzige glaubwürdige Zeuge dieser Zeit, schließlich ist er in all den Jahren Jesus' bester Freund gewesen und stand ihm schon zur Seite, als dieser noch versuchte, vertrocknete Eidechsen zum Leben zu erwecken ...

Mr. Robot: Red Wheelbarrow

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Author: Sam Esmail,Courtney Looney

Publisher: Lago

ISBN: 3957620988

Category: Fiction

Page: 200

View: 6083

Wie oft haben sich wohl die Fans gefragt, was in Elliot Aldersons Kopf vorgeht und hätten nur zu gerne einmal einen Blick in sein mysteriöses Tagebuch geworfen – dieser Traum wird nun wahr. Serienerfinder Sam Esmail und Serienautorin Courtney Looney haben mit Red Wheelbarrow Elliots Tagebuch geschrieben – und bieten den Lesern einzigartige Einblicke in den Charakter der Hauptfigur der Serie sowie die eine oder andere Andeutung auf das zukünftige Geschehen. Zusätzlich findet man in dem Buch mehrere heraustrennbare Gimmicks wie zum Beispiel einen geheimnisvollen Umschlag oder einen Zeitungsausschnitt, um das Leseerlebnis noch spannender und atmosphärischer zu gestalten. Das absolute Must-Have für alle Fans der Serie! Mr. Robot erzählt die Geschichte des jungen Programmierers Elliot Alderson, der an einer Persönlichkeitsstörung leidet und nachts eine Parallelexistenz als Hacker führt. Als der geheimnisvolle Mr. Robot, Kopf einer illegalen Hackergruppe, ihn anheuert, um das Unternehmen zu zerstören, für das Elliot arbeitet, muss er sich entscheiden.


A Musical Biography

Author: Paul R. Laird

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 081087752X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

View: 3103

This book explores the creation of the popular Broadway musical Wicked 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.

Will in der Welt

Wie Shakespeare zu Shakespeare wurde

Author: Stephen Greenblatt

Publisher: Pantheon Verlag

ISBN: 3641156149

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 388

Shakespeare ist wohl der bekannteste Dramatiker aller Zeiten, doch über sein Leben wissen wir so gut wie nichts. Kein Brief blieb von ihm erhalten, wir kennen nur ein paar dürre Lebensdaten, vereinzelte Schriftsätze aus Prozessen, die er betrieb – und ein überaus nüchternes Testament, in dem er seiner Frau sein zweitbestes Bett vermacht. In seiner hochgelobten Biographie versucht Stephen Greenblatt mit detektivischem Scharfsinn, die Lücken dieser Lebensgeschichte zu füllen und hinter das Geheimnis zu kommen, wie aus einem talentierten Jungen aus einer englischen Kleinstadt der größte Dramatiker aller Zeiten werden konnte, kurz: wie Shakespeare zu Shakespeare wurde.

How Wicked Made It to the Stage

Author: Jeri Freedman

Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 150263516X

Category: Young Adult Nonfiction

Page: 96

View: 7416

The musical Wicked opened on Broadway in October 2003. Based on the best-selling novel Wicked by Gregory Maguire, the show retells the story of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the point of view of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, a misfit who, through the events of the play, discovers her inner strength and power. The show has run for nearly six thousand performances as of 2017 and is the second highest grossing Broadway musical of all time, having earned over 1 billion dollars to date. This book describes the path the play took from concept to the stage, its Broadway run, and its influence.

A Lion Among Men LP

Volume Three in the Wicked Years

Author: Gregory Maguire

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061711780

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 3541

"Hardly more than a kitten . . . I had thought to call it Prrr, but it shivers more often than it purrs, so I call it Brrr instead." —From Wicked Since Wicked was first published in 1995, millions of readers have discovered Gregory Maguire's fantastically encyclopedic Oz, a world filled with characters both familiar and new, darkly conceived and daringly reimagined. In the much-anticipated third volume of the Wicked Years, we return to Oz, seen now through the eyes of the Cowardly Lion—the once tiny cub defended by Elphaba in Wicked. While civil war looms in Oz, a tetchy oracle named Yackle prepares for death. Before her final hour, an enigmatic figure known as Brrr—the Cowardly Lion—arrives searching for information about Elphaba Thropp, the Wicked Witch of the West. As payment, Yackle, who hovered on the sidelines of Elphaba's life, demands some answers of her own. Brrr surrenders his story to the ailing maunt: Abandoned as a cub, his earliest memories are gluey hazes, and his path from infancy in the Great Gillikin Forest is no Yellow Brick Road. Seeking to redress an early mistake, he trudges through a swamp of ghosts, becomes implicated in a massacre of trolls, and falls in love with a forbidding Cat princess. In the wake of laws that oppress talking Animals, he avoids a jail sentence by agreeing to serve as a lackey to the war-mongering Emperor of Oz. A Lion Among Men chronicles a battle of wits hastened by the Emerald City's approaching armies. What does the Lion know of the whereabouts of the Witch's boy, Liir? What can Yackle reveal about the auguries of the Clock of the Time Dragon? And what of the Grimmerie, the magic book that vanished as quickly as Elphaba? Is destiny ever arbitrary? Can those tarnished by infamy escape their sobriquets—cowardly, wicked, brainless, criminally earnest—to claim their own histories, to live honorably within their own skins before they're skinned alive? At once a portrait of a would-be survivor and a panoramic glimpse of a world gone shrill with war fever, Gregory Maguire's new novel is written with the sympathy and power that have made his books contemporary classics.

Kinder der Sonne

Author: Maxim Gorki

Publisher: nexx verlag gmbh

ISBN: 3958705030

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 556

Im Hause des Wissenschaftlers Protassow mangelt es nicht an Ideen die Welt zu retten. Dort geben sich die gesellschaftlichen Bildungseliten regelmäßig die Klinke in die Hand, um über die Zukunft der Menschheit zu debattieren. Doch während man es sich drinnen gemütlich macht, rottet sich draußen das Not leidende Volk zusammen.

Here Comes Trouble

Mein Leben als Querschläger

Author: Michael Moore

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 349295605X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 3262

Eine unvergessliche, atemberaubende Reise durch das Leben und die Zeiten von Michael Moore. Der Bestseller-Autor schreibt darüber, wie er mit Bobby Kennedy im Aufzug fuhr und was er mit katholischen Priestern erlebte. Er erzählt, wie er damals die Berliner Mauer einreißen half und natürlich darüber, wie er seine eigene feierliche Oscar-Verleihung störte und was er mit Ronald Reagan in Bitburg zu tun hatte.

Der Widerstand


Author: David Weber


ISBN: 3404206738

Category: Fiction

Page: 528

View: 493

Mehr als die Hälfte der Erdbevölkerung stirbt in den ersten Minuten. Die Feinde kommen aus dem Nichts. Sie nennen sich die Shongairi und haben die Menschheit von einer Sekunde auf die andere in einen brutalen Krieg gestürzt. Die meisten Städte liegen in Trümmern, radioaktiv verseucht. Das Militär ist versprengt und versucht, sich wieder zu organisieren. Eines ist gewiss: Über kurz oder lang werden die Aliens die Menschen vernichten. Doch die Menschen haben Verbündete. Im Dunkeln. Die neue Serie vom Schöpfer der Honor-Harrington-Reihe vereint auf geniale Weise grandiose Abenteuer-SF mit Horror-Elementen!

Defying Gravity

The Creative Career of Stephen Schwartz, from Godspell to Wicked

Author: Carol De Giere

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781557837455

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 535

View: 5950

When twenty-three-year-old Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for Godspell in 1971, he launched a legendary career in musical theater and film that included the blockbuster Broadway hits Pippin, The Magic Show, and Wicked. The Academy Award-winning songwriter also wrote lyrics for three Disney movies (Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Enchanted), as well as songs for the DreamWorks feature The Prince of Egypt. For this first authorized career biography, Carol de Giere draws from eighty hours of interviews with the songwriter, as well as from interviews with his colleagues. Defying Gravity delves into the challenging collaboration issues and decisions that led to phenomenal hits as well as expensive flops. It includes many never-before-told stories, a series of "Creativity Notes" with insight about artistic life, and more than 200 photographs and illustrations.

Der Zauberer von Oz

Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783924959531


Page: 130

View: 1186