Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Hey, did you know the Broadway musical Wicked is coming to Des Moines? Because I haven't seen any advertising. Our personal images of the Wizard of Oz are shaped by the 1939 musical starring Judy in glorious Technicolor. Or should I say glowing? Technicolor was bright. The original book was illustrated by one W.W. Denslow and his vision was a bit different. But the pictures did match the book's character descriptions. The lovely creature to your right is Glinda, who looks a little like Winston Churchill in a dress. Hard to imagine her trilling "are you a good witch or a bad witch"? Maybe that line wasn't in the book. Check out the one and only original.
The Wizard of Oz (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is the orginal title ) as illustrated by W. W. Denslow.

1 comment:

Fantasy Fan said...

I'm surprised your post about Wicked neglected to mention that the musical is based on the novel Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. True, Maguire based his book on "the one and only original," The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, but your post makes it sound as if Denslow illustrated the book that Wicked, the musical, is based on.