The cast, the costumes, the sets, the songs – all fantastic. The story itself departs in quite a dramatic way from Maguire’s book, but I suppose his style of loose-ends and complex, multi-dimensional anti-heroes works better in novel-form than on the stage. The musical is ultimately meant to be fun, and though I love the book and its sequels, they are not really very “fun” books, however snarky and blackly funny they may be.
I want to write more about the books and will in subsequent posts and after I re-read Wicked. I just finished A Lion Among Men, and like Son of a Witch before it, it contains a very strong decentralist message that I think would be interesting to dissect further.
Read the books if you haven’t, and certainly if you get the chance, go see the show.