Calling Evil Good
The Wizard of Oz has remained popular for years. People of all ages have learned moral lessons from Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion as they traveled down the yellow brick road. Of course, in the plot line the great enemy to be overcome is the Wicked Witch of the West. Evil is clearly depicted and overcome by good.
A new Broadway musical, however, turns the moral sense of the original story on its head. In this rewriting of the story, the wicked witch is presented as a sympathetic character. Born with green skin, she feels like an outsider. Major characters, plot lines, roles, and other details are altered so that the wicked witch is really just a misunderstood person. The audience might come away with the idea that evil is good and good is evil.
It goes on, but sadly, it doesn't credit Baum at all (the mentioning of the Wicked Witch as the great enemy is a tip-off they're going after the MGM rendition), nor does it say that the musical in question (which isn't exactly so new anymore) is Wicked, nor that it is based on a book.
I rather appreciate that they looked kindly on Oz, praising it for being clear-cut in it's portrayals of good and evil, rather than complaining that "it says witches can be good!" Because, here's the thing: Baum took Dorothy out of the regular world. Here, regular rules, such as those imposed by religions and faiths, don't apply. Regardless of the audience's beliefs, the story is entirely palatable. Baum even says in his book that Oz's magic will not work in Kansas, and even in later books advises the readers against using magic.
So, thank you, ODB, for not being so picky in that respect.