Musical Theater Sample Research Paper on Wicked, 6th Grade Example
By Ms. Nagel
The musical Wicked is a clever twist of the classic story, The Wizard of Oz, and continues to captivate audiences around the world. Its history goes back into the late-1800’s to the time when the book the Wizard of Oz was written. The storyline is filled with constant surprises, while the music draws the listener in even more. Not only would I recommend this show to a friend, but I too wish to someday see it on stage. It’s no surprise that this show is so popular, and that it has won and been nominated for so many awards!
It all goes back to the days of the book, The Wizard of Oz. Lyman Frank Baum wrote the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the late-1800’s and the book was published in 1900. At $1.50 per copy, it became an immediate bestseller and was filled with more than 100 line illustrations and 24 full-color plates! The story, later called The Wizard of Oz, was developed into a stage play by Baum and opened on Broadway in 1903. Due to the overwhelming demand from his young fans, Baum began to publish additional sequels, short stories, and novels relating to his first story. The famous movie, The Wizard of Oz, premiered in 1939. In 1975, the rock musical, Oz, opened on Broadway using an all-black cast. Oz, the musical, was later made into a movie with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson in 1978. In 1995, the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was written by Gregory Maguire, and it tells of how the crackling, green-skinned Wicked Witch of the West may not have started out so evil. This last book was the one that became the background to the modern hit musical Wicked.