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UAlbany towers inspired ‘Wicked’ (video)

Author Gregory Maguire shows the first draft of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” as he donates his papers to the University at Albany on Tuesday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Author Gregory Maguire shows the first draft of “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” as he donates his papers to the University at Albany on Tuesday.
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When writing the novel that was the inspiration for the hit musical “Wicked,” Gregory Maguire drew upon some unusual inspiration — the University at Albany campus. Maguire, a graduate of UAlbany’s class of 1976, recalled construction of the residence towers during his freshman year. “My first file folder with the first papers that came from the university I titled ‘Oz matters’ because the towers rising up looked to me like the Emerald City. It looked ...

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