Spectators will soon be able to find a cult Broadway story adapted into a feature film, but a question arises: is the film Wicked a musical?
Before The Wizard of Oz, there was Wicked: if the prequel was published well after Lyman Frank Baum’s novel or the 1939 film with Judy Garland, it nonetheless tells the origin of one of the characters emblematic, namely the Wicked Witch of the West.
The origin story of Glinda and Elphaba will now be adapted for the big screen, as the film Wicked prepares to land in theaters on November 27, 2024. The first trailer unveiled during the Super Bowl showed more about the duo of witches from Oz, raising fan hype.
But a question still arises: with Ariana Grande in the cast and Jon M. Chu’s film adapting a Broadway play, will Wicked be a musical?
Is the movie Wicked a musical?
Yes, the film Wicked is indeed a musical, like the Broadway play it adapts.
However, early reports about the feature film suggest that two new songs will be added to the film’s soundtrack.
It’s also worth noting that Wicked was split into two parts. There will therefore be two films for the musical, which will inevitably require the writing of new songs. During an interview for Playbill, producer Marc Platt insisted that the feature film would not follow the play to the letter, but that the modifications would make sense: “[The changes] must add something to the story or to the characters. They can’t just be changes to do something different.”
However, other reports suggest that these new songs are expected in the second film, rather than the first part. Which means fans will have to wait a little longer to find out more.
The official soundtrack by Stephen Schwartz for part 1 of Wicked will therefore be as follows:
- “No One Mourns the Wicked” performed by Ariana Grande
- “Dear Old Shiz”
- “The Wizard and I” performed by Cynthia Erivo and Michelle Yeoh
- “What is this Feeling?” performed by Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande
- “Something Bad” performed by Cynthia Erivo
- “Dancing Through Life” performed by Jonathan Bailey, Ethan Slater, Marissa Bode, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande
- “Popular” performed by Ariana Grande
- “A Sentimental Man”
Wicked: Part 1 will be released in theaters on November 27, 2024.