Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
by Gregory Maguire
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Resources
Want to learn more about Maguire and all the other books he's written? This is the site for you. It's hosted by his publisher, Harper Collins.
The musical's official site. This site has some cool behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast, crew, and Gregory Maguire.
One website for all your Wicked needs. This site has news items about the novel, the musical, and the sequels that take place in the "Wicked-verse." The site is hosted by Stephen Schwarz, the composer of the music for Wicked the musical.
Interested in learning more about the book that got this whole thing started? Check out the Library of Congress's Wizard of Oz exhibit, which has lots of great archival images and information about L. Frank Baum and the history of his famous Oz novels.
A website devoted to everything Oz: the original novel series, the 1939 movie, Wicked, and Wicked the musical. The site also has a store where you can buy Wizard of Oz costumes. We guess it's never too early to start planning for Halloween.
This Guardian article has tons of pictures and all sorts of cool trivia about the making of The Wizard of Oz. Did you know that the movie is over seventy years old? Well, now you do. Put on a birthday hat and throw some confetti. (Extra confetti for the original novel, which is over a hundred years old.)
Gregory Maguire's page at Barnes and Noble's Meet the Writers series. It has audio interviews with the author, a fact file, and links to some of his favorite novels.
A comprehensive website and blog dedicated to Baum's novel series.
A cool rundown of the two authors' respective biographies and their shared ties to Oz. This page also includes links to some other Wicked-related articles and material.
Movie or TV Productions
Info on the 1939 movie, staring Judy Garland as Dorothy.
Another Oz story. This one stars Diana Ross as Dorothy and Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow.
A 1995 review of Wicked by Michiko Kakutani. It's pretty critical in places, so all you fans can Tweet angrily after reading it.
A pretty lengthy interview with Maguire about his sequel to Wicked, Son of a Witch, as well as the Wicked phenomenon itself.
The original review of Wicked from the EW archives (1995).
Great interview with the author about Wicked and many of his other works.
Maguire talks about the musical, his book, and witches.
Fictional worlds collide! Not really – this is just a book review that Maguire wrote of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. If you like Maguire's writing in general, he has written other reviews for the New York Times, as well as tons of other novels.
A pretty lengthy interview with Maguire, plus a history of the Broadway musical and a review of the show by a newspaper in Tampa Bay.
And he does some interviews there. This page has a series of video interviews with Gregory Maguire, handily divided into separate segments, so you can watch just the Wicked content or everything. These interviews were done in 2007, when Maguire was promoting his new novel, What-the-Dickens, a story about a rogue tooth fairy. Color us intrigued.
Part one of a three-part video series of a lecture Maguire gave at Miami University in 2006. The lecture covers a wide range of topics.
Selection from a behind-the-scenes documentary about Wicked the musical.
NPR's Mike Pesca interviews Maguire on his Wicked novels just before the opening of the Broadway musical.
Interview with Maguire on New Hampshire Public Radio, where he discusses all things Wicked.
Here are a couple of images of the iconic Wicked Witch of the West, as played by actress Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 movie starring Judy Garland.
Here are some images from the Broadway show, where Elphaba looks pretty fashionable and Fiyero is suddenly blonde.
The very stylized poster for the musical version of Wicked.
Illustration (a highly disturbing one, by the way) of the Witch melting in Baum's 1900 book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This illustration, and all the others in Baum's book, was done by W.W. Denslow.
Image of the Emerald City, looking very sparkly, from the 1939 movie.
The brains behind this whole Wicked thing.
Picture of the Munchkins in the aptly named Munchkinland in the 1939 movie.
The ruby slippers from the 1939 movie, plus the Witch herself reaching for them.