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Wicked by Paul R. Laird Summary

In 2004, the original Broadway production of Wicked earned 10 Tony nominations, including best musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the show continues to run on Broadway and has touring companies throughout the United States and around the world. In Wicked: A Musical Biography, author Paul Laird explores the creation of this popular Broadway musical through an examination of draft scripts, interviews with major figures, and the study of primary musical sources such as sketches, drafts, and completed musical scores. Laird brings together an impressive amount of detail on the creation of Wicked, including a look at Maguire's novel, as well as the original source material, The Wizard of Oz. This volume also offers a history of the show's genesis along with examinations of the draft scenarios and scripts that demonstrate the show's development. Laird also explores Stephen Schwartz's life and work, providing an analysis of the composer and lyricist's work on the show through song drafts, sketches, and musical examples. Laird also surveys the show's critical reception in New York and London, noting how many critics failed to appreciate its qualities or anticipate its great success. The unusual nature of Wicked's story—dominated by two strong female leads—is also placed in the context of Broadway history. A unique look into a successful Broadway production, Wicked: A Musical Biography will be of interest to musicologists, theatre scholars, students, and general readers alike.

How Wicked Made It to the Stage

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How Wicked Made It to the Stage by Jeri Freedman Summary

The musical Wicked opened on Broadway in October 2003. Based on the best-selling novel Wicked by Gregory Maguire, the show retells the story of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from the point of view of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, a misfit who, through the events of the play, discovers her inner strength and power. The show has run for nearly six thousand performances as of 2017 and is the second highest grossing Broadway musical of all time, having earned over 1 billion dollars to date. This book describes the path the play took from concept to the stage, its Broadway run, and its influence.

Debate on the Destiny of the Wicked

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Debate on the Destiny of the Wicked by George Thomas Carpenter Summary

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Wicked by Gregory Maguire Summary

An astonishingly rich re-creation of the land of Oz, this book retells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, who wasn't so wicked after all. Taking readers past the yellow brick road and into a phantasmagoric world rich with imagination and allegory, Gregory Maguire just might change the reputation of one of the most sinister characters in literature.

Wicked!

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Wicked! by Karen Bofinger Summary

A blood stained shower curtain, a lighter that shows an airplane about to collide with the Twin Towers, plush slippers shaped like penises: the world of commodities today is marked by stylistic diversity, irony, and trash – there are no limits on so-called bad taste. This book attempts to get to the bottom of the current fascination with the disgusting, the grotesque, and the provocative. Products from the most disparate realms are juxtaposed on facing pages. The result is confrontations that are sometimes surprising, with a fascination all their own. Introductory essays by prominent authors shed additional light on wide-ranging aspects of design, morality, and irony. It is not just tasteless items that are placed under the microscope; politically incorrect ones have their place in this volume as well.

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Wicked: by Noelle Mack Summary

In a quiet university town, amid the crumbling ruins of a mansion, ten aspiring writers devise a most unusual experiment. . .an experiment that goes chillingly, horrifyingly wrong. . . It begins when two of the wannabe authors challenge each other to the ultimate test of inspiration. They're Eve and Angela. They're both devastatingly beautiful. . .and devastatingly competitive. Now, a violent storm has plunged the house into darkness. The doors are locked. The phones are dead. And one writer's imagination is about to run wild. . .

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Wicked by Nancy Holder,DEBBIE VIGUIÉ Summary

Holly Cathers and her twin cousins have just graduated from high school, and they're moving on toward their first semester of college. But no matter where they go, they will never be entirely free of their past. The three are descendants of a powerful coven of witches -- in constant danger from a rival clan. Holly learns from a vision that Jer is still alive. As leader of the coven, she resolves to rescue him despite the fact that he is a member of the Deveraux clan and therefore her enemy. But her efforts are thwarted when her aunt reveals the nature of an ancient curse visited upon all Cathers witches. It becomes clear to Holly that the death of her parents was no accident, and a similar plague is sure to fall on anyone she grows close to. As her power strengthens, can Holly escape her destiny? And if her destiny includes Jer, does she want to?

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Wicked by David Coté,Joan Marcus,Stephen Schwartz Summary

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Two girls quite accidentally crossed paths: one, pretty and popular; the other smart and ... green. The story of how these two unlikely friends became Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West has made for the most spellbinding new musical in years: Wicked.

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Wicked by Zoe Dawson Summary

Five years ago, Petty Officer Orion “Wicked” Cross met and fell secretly in love with CIA officer Katherine “Kat” Harrington, and their mission together went bad. Even though Wicked wasn’t at fault, Kat blamed him and they parted bitterly. Now she’s missing and regardless of the bad blood between them, he’s going after her like he would any other hostage. Maybe it’s time to clear the air and put their past behind them. But it all rides on an unforgiving woman, who’s been honed and jaded by many missions, yet his heart has never let her go. Kat is on her own personal mission and having to be rescued by the one man she wants to avoid only adds fuel to that inner fire. She still blames him for her fiancé’s death and has never given him a chance to explain or mend fences. Except on this mission where nothing seems to go right, they find themselves thrust together on the edge of mortal danger where the lines between combatants tend to blur. With Wicked constantly on her six, invading her personal and professional space, could the truth about what happened change her mind or tear their fragile love apart?

The Wicked Sisters

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The Wicked Sisters by Betsy Erkkila Summary

This provocative study of the lives and works of Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, and Gwendolyn Brooks focuses on the historical struggles and differences among and within women writers and among feminists themselves. Erkkila explores the troubled relations women writers experienced with both masculine and feminine literary cultures, arguing that popular feminist views often romanticize and maternalize women writers and their interrelations in ways that effectively reinforce the very gender stereotypes and polarities which initially grounded women's oppression. Studying the multiple race, class, ethnic, cultural, and other locations of women within a particular social field, Erkkila offers a revisionary model of women's literary history that challenges recent feminist theory and practice along with many of our fundamental assumptions about the woman writer, women's writing, and women's literary history. In contrast to the tendency of earlier feminists to heroize literary foremothers and communities of women, Erkkila focuses on the historical struggles and conflicts that make up the history of women poets. Without discounting the historical power of sisterhood, she seeks to reclaim women's literary history as a site of contention, contingency, and ongoing struggle, rather than a separate space of untroubled and essentially cooperative accord among women. Encompassing the various historical significations of "wickedness" as destructive, powerful, playful, witty, mischievous, and not righteous, The Wicked Sisters explores the power struggles and discord that mark both the history of women poets and the history of feminist criticism.

Wicked Environmental Problems

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Wicked Environmental Problems by Peter J. Balint,Ronald E. Stewart,Anand Desai,Lawrence C. Walters Summary

"Wicked" problems are large-scale, long-term policy dilemmas in which multiple and compounding risks and uncertainties combine with sharply divergent public values to generate contentious political stalemates; wicked problems in the environmental arena typically emerge from entrenched conflicts over natural resource management and over the prioritization of economic and conservation goals more generally. This new book examines past experience and future directions in the management of wicked environmental problems and describes new strategies for mitigating the conflicts inherent in these seemingly intractable situations. The book: reviews the history of the concept of wicked problems examines the principles and processes that managers have applied explores the practical limitations of various approaches Most important, the book reviews current thinking on the way forward, focusing on the implementation of "learning networks," in which public managers, technical experts, and public stakeholders collaborate in decision-making processes that are analytic, iterative, and deliberative. Case studies of forest management in the Sierra Nevada, restoration of the Florida Everglades, carbon trading in the European Union, and management of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania are used to explain concepts and demonstrate practical applications. Wicked Environmental Problems offers new approaches for managing environmental conflicts and shows how managers could apply these approaches within common, real-world statutory decision-making frameworks. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with managing environmental problems.

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Wicked by M. Malone,Nana Malone Summary

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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants by Klyne Snodgrass Summary

Despite its importance, the parable of the wicked tenants has been an enigma to modern interpretation. The approaches to the parable have been quite varied. Some interpreters place this parable at the apex of the ministry of Jesus, while others assign little importance to it or virtually ignore it. In some cases the conclusions drawn have been unsatisfactory either because of presuppositions that are too rigid or that have been shown to be erroneous by recent developments. Any discussion of the parable is necessarily a complex one in that it involves the relation of the three Synoptic accounts, an assessment of the account in the Gospel of Thomas, the religious and economic background in Palestine, the self-designation of Jesus, and the theological shaping of the parable by the tradition and by evangelists. Because of the importance of this parable as a possible key to understanding the ministry of Jesus, particularly since its relevance has often been minimized, this parable deserves closer analysis.

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Wicked by Jill Barnett Summary

Winning a stubborn lady turns into the battle of his life for a powerful knight. Lady Sofia Howard has sworn never to marry, after her young heart was broken by an arrogant young squire. She's spurned every suitor to the dismay of her guardian, King Edward I, who finds that even increasing her dower prize will not lure men to offer for the defiant but lonely Sofia. So the king takes matters into his own hands and betroths Sofia to Sir Tobin de Clare, the man who once broke her heart. Passion explodes, and Sofia's tattered pride demands that Sir Tobin surrender his heart. A battle of wills ensues that makes war seem tame, when nothing will stop this ruthless warrior from winning his lady. In a classic Barnett battle of will and wit, a knight and his lady find that love at first sight is dangerous at best and never, ever easy. Wicked has all the pageantry of Medieval England, liberally laced with poignancy and humor.

Wicked Tales Three

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Wicked Tales Three by Ed Wicke Summary

Robbie has been trapped by a witch inside a book of short stories. In order to escape, he changes all her scary stories into funny, crazy ones and here's the result: * Red Riding Hood, Grandma and the Wolf take on the evil Piggy Bankers. * Bad Santa has a

Soa the wicked

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The Wiles of the Wicked

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No Rest for the Wicked

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No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole Summary

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a foreboding vampire who lives in the shadows—and the beautiful assassin determined to hunt him down—in the “sensational” (RT Book Reviews) second novel of the Immortals After Dark series. Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead. When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever Kaderin encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill. And when the prize of a legendary month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when Kaderin is forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can she live without either?

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Wicked with Bonus Material by Gregory Maguire Summary

For a limited time at a special price, go back to where The Wicked Years all began—and read excerpts from the rest of the series, including the masterly final book, Out of Oz, available November 1. When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil? Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. Wicked is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to become the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly, and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.