STAGE TUBE: Dramatists Guild Panel - Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman Talk Writing WICKED
Dramatists Guild of America presented the 2nd Annual National Conference in Chicago "Having Our Say: Our History, Our Future" livestreaming on HowlRound TV channel on Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23. On Thursday, Winnie Holzman and Stephen Schwartz spoke about w?riting WICKED with host Michael Kerker. Watch the interview below!
Librettist Winnie Holzman and composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz discussed their collaborative journey down the yellow brick road: from stumbling upon Gregory Maguire's imaginative novel, Wicked: the Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West to developing this incredibly complex story into a mega Broadway musical hit.
As the musical approaches its 10th Anniversary this fall, Wicked currently has 7 productions worldwide: New York, London, Japan, Australia/New Zealand, South Korea and two concurrent North American National Tours. A U.K. Tour and a Mexico City production will premiere this fall.
Winner of more than 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
On Broadway, Wicked currently stars Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Carol Kane as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Derek Klena as Fiyero, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, John Schiappa as Dr. Dillamond, and Michael Wartella as Boq.