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Bring Out Your Dead and Your Flying Monkeys

The Wicked Witch of the West and Python’s medieval crack-pots go all Glinda the Good Witch when they belt it out to help fight AIDS during a special one-night only cabaret collision of the cast of Wicked and Spamalot.

Members of the cast from these hit Broadway-on-Market Street musicals will perform music and comedy in a benefit for The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation. This non-profit raises  funds for AIDS service provider agencies by producing entertainment events, such as the annual Help is on the Way show.

Gregory Maguire on Wickedness Post-Bush

Wicked uses its magical powers for good – like turning the City hall dome green for opening week. When last we spoke to author Gregory Maguire, (who wrote the novel which became the Broadway musical), he was contemplating just how much longer the magic would last.

Wicked Author Gregory Maguire on the Wicked Witch and Hitler

When the wickedly misunderstood Elphaba mounts her broomstick at the Orpheum theater, the audience is rooting for Wicked’s unlikely green heroine, taking flight in a topsy-turvy world order.  In a post 9/11 world, in which French fries were bad and freedom fries were good, a reconsideration of the good guy-bad-guy dynamic proved just the ticket. And tickets for “ Wicked, The Musical” continue to sell and sell.

But how will Wicked fly in the Obama years? I spoke to novelist Gregory Maguire (who wrote the book on which the play is based) about the musical’s success, its prospects in the post Bush-bashing era and the ever-green relevance of political evil.

EM: You wrote Wicked 6 years before 9/11 – how could you have foresaw all that went down?

Ozian Politics and the Bush Administration 101

Quiz: Who said these things?

1. “Where I'm from, we believe all sorts of things that aren't true. We call it - "history.”
2.  "Man's called a traitor - or liberator. Is one a crusader - or ruthless invader?”
3.  “The best way to bring people together is to give them a really good enemy”

A.    Karl Rove advising George Bush behind closed doors.
B.    Dick Cheney explaining the point of the Legacy Tour to George Bush
C.    George Bush on truth serum
D.    The Wizard Oz revealing his M.O. in the Broadway musical Wicked”.

Answer: It’s all Wicked!

Wicked: Paintin' the Town Green

We're off to see the wizard...the wonderful wizard of Oz! In celebration of Broadway's smash hit, Wicked, coming to town next week, two of San Francisco's top-notch restaurants, Roots and Daffodil, housed at the city's greenest hotels (sense a recurring theme here?) are rolling out special menus just for the occasion (guys, take note: they're doing all the date planning for you!).

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