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Upcoming Wicked Film to Feature New Songs by Stephen Schwartz

Schwartz has revealed details about the movie version of his iconic musical.

The long-running musical Wicked will finally hit the big screen.
The long-running musical Wicked will finally hit the big screen.
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While a release date is still not officially set, new details about the upcoming film version of the international hit musical Wicked have been released by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz.

Based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, Wicked is set in the land of Oz and tells the story of young girls Glinda and Elphaba, who grow up to become Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively.

At San Diego Comic-Con, Schwartz revealed that he will pen new songs for the film, as well as a cut tune from the Broadway production. He and original book writer Winnie Holzman are collaborating on the screenplay. Stephen Daldry is set to direct.

Featuring music and lyrics by Schwartz and a book by Holzman, the stage production is directed by Joe Mantello. The show has amassed over $4 billion (in May) and been seen by over 50 million people (in March). The show opened October 30, 2003, making it currently the 10th-longest-running production in Broadway history.

Additional details will be released in the future.

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