Comparing The Wizard Of Oz And Wicked: Broadway Musical

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The Wizard of Oz and Wicked are both very successful and well-known broadway musicals. Both of these musicals are based off of the same story, but each give a slightly different meaning to it. While they are both based on a similar tale, these two broadway musicals have many characteristics that are similar and differ from each other. This paper will compare and contrast the characters, theme, and plot. The Wizard of Oz is a musical about a young girl, named Dorothy, who lives on a farm in Kansas. She desperately wants to get away, and decides to run away from home. After she meets a peddler who convinces her to go back home, she ends up going back home to find a “cyclone” heading right for her house. Dorothy, her dog, Toto, and her house…show more content…
In The Wizard of Oz, the theme is related to the comforts of home, lies and deceit, courage, explorations and maybe a little politics of 1890s America. While Wicked’s themes seem to be aimed at beauty, racism, acceptance, good and evil, and friendship. The themes for both musicals differ greatly and send a much different message to the viewer. The Wizard of Oz gives off more of a “lets go explore” and friendship kind of feeling whereas Wicked makes you think about society and how we treat others. The biggest factor in that is Elphaba, and how she is treated differently because her skin color is green. The musical also gives the audience more to think about with its different viewpoint of “The Wicked Witch” and how she isn’t so wicked which can be taken into the context of our everyday lives with the people around us. In conclusion, The Wizard of Oz and Wicked are both very well known broadway musicals. The Wizard of Oz and Wicked each have their own story, but have the same underlying concept of the fantasy world of Oz and the tale of the Wicked Witches who live in it. There are many similarities and comparisons throughout these musicals many characteristics such as characters, theme, and plot which make these two broadway musicals so
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