Tag: Wicked

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Are They Or Aren't They: Elphaba Thropp

Can I get a “What! What!” from all the theatre nerds in the hizz-ouse?…Okay, what about the book nerds, fo’ shizzy? I only ask because this week’s chosen character is pulling double duty in the theatrical and literary worlds as the protagonist of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and the Broadway musical based on the book. Really, she’s pulling triple duty when you include The Wizard of Oz movie, but there she’s merely the Wicked Witch of the West: an unnamed, emerald antagonist with a thing for ruby slippers. Maguire’s Elphaba, on the other hand, has a sense of depth to her. She’s an odd kind of hero—conflicted and bitter and not altogether sympathetic—but her death is a tragic one, as is much of her life. We know she’s green, but could she be gay?

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Are They Or Aren’t They: Elphaba Thropp

Can I get a “What! What!” from all the theatre nerds in the hizz-ouse?…Okay, what about the book nerds, fo’ shizzy? I only ask because this week’s chosen character is pulling double duty in the theatrical and literary worlds as the protagonist of Gregory Maguire’s Wicked and the Broadway musical based on the book. Really, she’s pulling triple duty when you include The Wizard of Oz movie, but there she’s merely the Wicked Witch of the West: an unnamed, emerald antagonist with a thing for ruby slippers. Maguire’s Elphaba, on the other hand, has a sense of depth to her. She’s an odd kind of hero—conflicted and bitter and not altogether sympathetic—but her death is a tragic one, as is much of her life. We know she’s green, but could she be gay?