The idea for Wicked came to Stephen Schwartz on vacation. Stephen Schwartz, known for writing the musicals Pippin and Godspell, was on vacation in Hawaii in 1996 when a friend mentioned an interesting book she was reading about the origins of the Wicked Witch of the West. Intrigued, Schwartz got the book-Gregory Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West-and was immediately hooked. Fans began to wonder if the Wicked Witch role was cursed-Margaret Hamilton, who played the witch in the Wizard of Oz, suffered serious burns while she was filming the movie. Wicked contains a tribute to The wizard of Oz’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” NASA has used Wicked’s “Defying Gravity” as an astronaut wake-up call. The film adaptation of Wicked is slated to hit theaters in 2021 …. In 2014, Schwartz told Vulture last year that “We’re starting to do some work on it. I don’t know exactly how many years away it is. [We can] really look at it again and say, ‘Oh, we can do this, and we’ve always wanted to do that and we couldn’t onstage, but we can in a movie.’ We’re actually having a blast.” It took a few years, but the film is finally slated to hit theaters in December 2021.
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