Wicked became a smash Broadway hit by telling the story of the Wicked Witch of the West before the events of The Wizard of Oz. As the 12-year-old touring production returns to the Paramount stage, we thought we’d suggest other fictional properties that could use a musical theater prequel.
George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Three
Alternative title: Oh Big Brother, Where Art Thou? with music by Trent Reznor and T Bone Burnett
A soaring, dramatic account of Jean Valjean of Les Misérables and his infamous bread heist
Jesus Christ Superstar: The Old Testament
Less joyful and uplifting; mainly Jesus’s dad just being grumpy
See You Soon, Godot!
Because Samuel Beckett’s classic work could really use the pep of jazz hands. Spoiler alert: Godot might not show.
Before Avenue Q
Go inside the seedy world of felt production and its connection to puppetry in this staged musical documentary.
The Colbert Preport
The inspiring tale of a boy raised by bald eagles who becomes an American hero by defeating liberals and robot bears. The only song is “God Bless America,” which is performed 22 times.
Summer Is Coming!
Before Game of Thrones, Westeros was a land of merry enchantment. Wait, this is basically just Monty Python’s Spamalot.