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"I take a great deal of proprietary glee in the fact that even the word Elphaba suggests certain things to people who see the play and read the books — about an inclination to want to do something good with whatever magical or fiduciary talents you might have," said Maguire. "It seems like a way of honoring all those people who have taken Elphaba to their hearts." Maguire explained that The Elphaba Fund may outlive him and would continue as long as the musical is bringing in profits.
As for Wicked's big birthday, the author will return to Oz for approximately the 50th time Oct. 30, and his last-minute preparations included a haircut for the big event.
"One of the reasons — I was joking to my son — I went to get the hair cut at the back of my neck is [because] the first time Idina Menzel walked onto the stage in San Francisco and sang 'The Wizard and I,' a hair stood up at the back of my neck, and it has never sat down for ten years," he said with a laugh. "So now I have to keep it cropped short because I look as if I'm sitting in an electric socket!"
Maguire added that Wicked — a story he created as a comment on pop culture and a riff on the magical Land of Oz — has "actually become a part of popular culture now." He has also had several inquires to adapt his 1999 novel "Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister," a retelling of "Cinderella," into a musical or opera.
"I've launched a little paper airplane," he said, "and now it's like Starship Enterprise."
(Playbill.com staff writer Michael Gioia's work appears in the news, feature and video sections of Playbill.com as well as in the pages of Playbill magazine. Follow him on Twitter at @PlaybillMichael.)
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