I don't know about you, but we're in full-on Halloween preparation mode in our house. My daughter usually begins planning her next year's costume on November 1st. So we went shopping this weekend for both my 13-year-old and my 2-year-old, who will be respectively, Marilyn Monroe (circa Seven Year Itch) and a wizard (we went in intending for him to be a cowboy, but he really took to the wizard hat). This weekend also found me in a Barnes & Noble, where you can't miss their huge display homage to Wicked, by Gregory Maguire, which is enjoying its fifth anniversary as a musical on Broadway this Fall. Wicked remains one of the toughest theater tickets to get in town and I can completely see why. The show is so captivating. We have the score playing regularly in our house.
This fall also brings the long-awaited publication of Gregory Maguire's next installment in the Wicked Years series, A Lion Among Men, going on sale on 10/14. For a limited time, as part of the run-up to the release of Lion, you can browse inside the entire book of Wicked online -- if you haven't yet read it, check it out. Not only a great book group pick, it's a great mother/daughter book group selection as well.
And if you're in the NYC area later this fall, you can try to score tickets to Wicked presents "The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken" being held on Monday, October 27th. This is a one-night only, all-star benefit featuring never-before-seen material performed publicly for the first time. In "The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken," composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz and book writer Winnie Holzman will share some of the scenes and songs from early drafts of the show that were cut during the show's development and pre-Broadway engagement. To purchase tickets, visit ticketmaster.com/wicked. Select "New York," go to 10/27 on the calendar and then "Find Tickets.