Broadway musical ‘Wicked’ coming to Louisville

“Wicked,”  one of the most popular Broadway shows to come out in recent years, will be coming to Louisville early next year. Tickets went on sale on Halloween, and I was told that people camped out for tickets like “Wicked” was a rock show. The show will be in Louisville from Jan. 7 to Feb. 1 at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets can be purchased on the performing arts center’s Web site.

“Wicked” is based on Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, which tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” fame. I really enjoyed the book, and I am looking forward to seeing the musical.

CNN  recently did an interview with Maguire, whose other novels include “Son of A Witch” and “Confessions of An Ugly Stepsister.” His next book is based on the Cowardly Lion of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and is called “A Lion Among Men.”

Gregory Maguire absently cleans his glasses with his tie as he talks about pushing someone down the stairs.  “I use children’s stories as kind of a snare and temptation and illusion to draw in readers,” Gregory Maguire says. “I wonder if you’ve ever stood at the top of the stairs behind someone who’s really annoying and just imagined putting your foot out and planting your boot in somebody’s objectionable behind?” he asks. “You know, I think that thought is a fairly common human thought.”

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