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Good and evil

From L. Frank Baum's 1900 book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz came the 1939 film; from Gregory Maguire's 1995 book Wicked came the 2003 Broadway hit of the same name.
Wicked is a grand spectacle of sights and sound
By JOHNETTE RODRIGUEZ  |  January 01, 2010
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The End of the Yellow Brick Road

The Wiz wanders off course
The Wiz wanders off course
By STEVEN SCHIFF  |  July 03, 2009
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The Wiz arrives in Boston

"If you believe in yourself, you will have brains, heart and courage to last your whole life through. . ."
 Not truly spectacular, but significant
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 03, 2009
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Musical chairs

Perhaps only the team that triumphed with Ragtime would attempt a musical based on Sherley Anne Williams’s 1986 novel Dessa Rose .
Dessa Rose, Whizzin’, The Drowsy Chaperone
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 29, 2008
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War games

Wendy Wasserstein might have chosen a lesser light in whose shadow to cast a play than King Lear .
The Huntington’s  Third ; the ART’s Copenhagen ; ASP’s Henry V
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 16, 2008
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Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

Those utterly disturbing flying monkeys, the little ruby-slippered feet sticking out from under the farmhouse, the freaky talking apple trees . . .
‘Ozspirations’ at NESAD, Icons + Altars in Newton, Glenn Ligon at Harvard, Donald Kuspit at Simmons
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  November 06, 2007


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The witching hour

WICKED is a very different witch hunt from the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel on which it is based.
Wicked , plus The Atheist , A Streetcar Named Desire , Zanna, Don’t!
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 18, 2007
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Stage craft

If your escape to New York must include a tune-filled stage show, then the documentary of your dreams is ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway.
The magic in ShowBusiness  and Casting About
By GERALD PEARY  |  June 05, 2007
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Wet, hard, and dreaming

Being both elegant and explicit, refined and raunchy, Lost Girls aims to obliterate the idea that there’s a difference between pornography and erotica. Slideshow: Images from Lost Girls  
Lost Girls   is evangelical about the erotic  
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  September 22, 2006
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Meltdowns

Like the bony, broom-riding icon of Oz it aims to exonerate, Wicked is neither all good nor all bad.
Wicked at the Opera House; The Sweetest Swing in Baseball at Boston Theatre Works
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 18, 2006