"Wicked" is the name of a musical that is based on the book of the same name. The lead characters already are known to us through the Oz books, movies, and plays. Contributors to the category typically ask and answer questions to learn specifics about the casts, costumes, music, performances, and special effects of the musical; and the comparison of the characters and the story of the book and the play.

1,187 Questions

Why is the school named 'Shiz' in 'Wicked'?

That it is named after the town in which it is located is the reason why the school is named Shiz University in "Wicked."

Specifically, Shiz is a town in the Gillikin country. The Gillikins inhabit the northern regions of the magical lands of Oz. Glinda descends from the noble Arduennas clan of the Upper Uplands of northwest Gillikinland and becomes Shiz University's most famous, powerful and successful graduate.


Are Indina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth still on Wicked?

No but Kristin is doing a different show on broadway and Idina is working on something aswel. Both have recurring roles on Glee.


How does Elphaba get her name in 'Wicked'?

L. Frank Baum was the name of the author of "The Wizard of Oz," which Gregory Maguire based "Wicked" off of.

Since the book and musical are loosly based off of his noval and film, she is named after him. If you sound out the first letter of his first, last, and middle name, you get elphaba. LFB El-Fa-Ba.

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Who wrote the screenplay for the movie 'Wicked'?

The filming rights are held by Universal Pictures. But the movie screenplay has yet to be written. Composer and lyricist Stephen Lawrence Schwartz [b. March 6, 1948] convinced author Gregory Maguire [b. June 9, 1954] and producer Marc E. Platt [b. 1957] of Marc Platt Productions within Universal Pictures of the adaptability of the original book 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' to the stage. Winnie Holzman [b. 1954] wrote the adaptation of the book to the stage. Composer and lyricist Schwartz was responsible for the production's music.

Drama and Acting

Where was Oklahoma the musical first played?

The first official performance of Oklahoma! was at the St. James Theater, at 246 W. 44th St in New York City, on March 31, 1943. However, like most Broadway musicals of that era, Oklahoma! had out-of-town tryouts for revisions and refinement. Therefore, technically, the first public performance was in New Haven, Conn. in March, 1943, under the working title Away We Go!

English Spelling and Pronunciation
English to French

How do you spell monkey?

That is the correct spelling "monkey", for a group of primate species.


Who is Elphaba's understudy?

It depends which production you saw, and when. Here are a list of current understudies and standbys for all English speaking productions.

Broadway: Jennifer DiNoia (standby), Stephanie Torns (understudy).

First National Tour: Mariand Torres (standby), Carla Stickler (understudy).

Second National Tour: Anne Brummel (standby), Christine Dwyer (understudy).

San Francisco: Felicia Ricci (standby), Alyssa Fox (understudy).

London: Nikki Davis-Jones (standby), Stevie Tate-Bauer (understudy).

Sydney, Australia: Zoe Gertz (understudy).


Who wrote the music and the lyrics for 'Wicked'?

Stephen Schwartz. He wrote all of the music and lyrics for Wicked.


Are there any auditions for the musical 'Wicked'?

Bernard Telsey is in charge of casting. So the most complete, the most current information on auditions and casting for the musical 'Wicked' may be found at www.bernardtelseycasting.visualnet.com. The information can't be counted on to be found in such typical sources as Actors Equity and Playbill.com job boards, or Backstage.


Who played Elphaba and Glinda in 'Wicked'?

The following lists the singer/actresses who have played Elphaba and Glinda in "Wicked." The lists are organized geographically. Under each location, the singer/actresses are listed in alphabetical order. They are not identified by the order in which they took their turn in interpreting the particular role.


Elphaba: Shoshana Bean; Stephanie J. Block; Marcie Dodd; Kerry Ellis; Eden Espinosa; Ana Gasteyer; Mandy Gonzalez; Idina Menzel; Julia Murney; Nicole Parker; Dee Roscioli; Teal Wicks

Glinda: Annaleigh Ashford; Kristin Chenoweth; Katie Rose Clarke; Megan Hilty; Kendra Kassebaum; Erin Mackey; Ali Mauzey; Kate Reinders; Jennifer Laura Thompson; Laura Woyasz

First National Tour

Elphaba: Shoshana Bean; Stephanie J. Block; Jackie Burns; Kristy Cates; Carmen Cusack; Eden Espinosa; Victoria Matlock; Julia Murney; Dee Roscioli; Donna Vivino

Glinda: Amanda Jane Cooper; Christina De Cicco; Katie Rose Clarke; Megan Hilty; Kendra Kassebaum; Chandra Lee Schwartz

Second National Tour

Elphaba: Anne Brummel; Marcie Dodd

Glinda: Natalie Daradich; Helene Yorke

San Francisco, California

Elphaba: Marcie Dodd; Eden Espinosa; Idina Menzel; Vicki Noon; Teal Wicks

Glinda: Kristin Chenoweth; Kendra Kassebaum; Ali Mauzey

Los Angeles, California

Elphaba: Eden Espinosa; Caissy Levy; Teal Wicks

Glinda: Megan Hilty; Erin Mackey; Emily Rozek

Chicago, Illinois

Elphaba: Lisa Brescia; Kristy Cates; Ana Gasteyer; Dee Roscioli

Glinda: Annaleigh Ashford Kate Fahrner Stacie Morgain Lewis Erin Mackey, Kate Reinders

West End, London, England

Elphaba: Kerry Ellis; Alexia Khadime; Idina Menzel; Rachel Tucker

Glinda: Helen Dallimore; Louise Dearman; Dianne Pilkington

Stuttgart, Germany

Elphaba: Roberta Valentini; Willemijn Verkaik

Glinda: Lucy Scherer

Oberhausen, Germany

Elphaba: Roberta Valentini; Willemijn Verkaik; Sabrina Weckerlin

Glinda: Joanna Fee Würz

Melbourne, Australia

Elphaba: Amanda Harrison; Jemma Rix

Glinda: Lucy Durack

Sydney, Australia

Elphaba: Pippa Grandison; Amanda Harrison; Jemma Rix; Patrice Tipoki

Glinda: Lucy Durack

Australian National Tour

Elphaba: Jemma Rix

Glinda: Lucy Durack

Fukuoka, Japan

Elphaba: Ebata Masae

Glinda: Tomada Asako, Numao Miyuki, Yamamoto Takae

Tokyo, Japan

Elphaba: Ebata Masae; Hamada Megumi

Glinda: Numao Miyuki

Osaka, Japan

Elphaba: Ebata Masae

Glinda: Tomada Asako

Television and Video
Performing Arts
Xbox Live

Why aren't good Broadway plays shown live on television?

Because if they showed them to the masses, then people wouldn't pay one hundred dollars to go see them.

Yes, there is definitely money involved. It has to do with the Play Publishing Houses who own the rights to produce a play and the contracts agreed to between the Theater House and the Actor's Equity Union. Broadway actors belong to this union. Equity rules prohibit the videotaping of any production in which members of Equity are employed without the express permission of Equity and without adhering to the terms and conditions established by Equity. Equity wants to keep live theater around for obvious reasons and protect its members, too.

Another reason - live theater is live. You can't break for commercials every 8 minutes, and that makes sponsors hard to find. If an actor blows a line, or has a bad night, or the scenery falls over, or worse, someone in the audience has a major coughing fit, you can't go back and fix it. It can't be controlled as tightly as taped performances, and control is critical to the producers. However, in what is called "the Golden Age of Television" there was quite a bit of live theater on the air in programs like Playhouse 90 and Kraft Television Theater. Those series died out, perhaps because the growing TV audience wanted lighter fare, and perhaps they were eager to see the new all the new technical wonders - camera angles, changing scenery, explosions - that theatre is not designed to provide.

You can still occasionally see good live theatre on TV. Nicholas Nickleby, broadcast live in 1981, over 9 hours long, with 39 actors in 150 roles, still stands as an outstanding example.

Another reason great live theatre is rarely seen on TV, is that what makes a performance truly extraordinary is the intangible relationship between performers and audience, and that can only be experienced in person.


How many people have seen the musical 'Wicked'?

On September 29, 2010 the Broadway cast of Wicked celebratesd their 5 millionth Broadway audience member.

With its 7th year on Broadway, wicked's 3 North American and 4 international companies, over 25 million people worldwide have seen Wicked.


What is the rising action in 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire?

The rising action identifies an obstacle or obstacles to the way in which the main character is leading life. It brings on a turning point in which things go in a completely unexpected, opposite or detrimental way to the main character.

The rising action in 'Wicked' by Gregory Maguire [b. June 9, 1954] involves the character of Dr. Dillamond and his murder. The discovery of some of the facts of his murder influences Elphaba and Glinda to travel to the Emerald City.

The two university students seek to plead the case of Animals to the Wizard. Most animals can't talk. But a talking minority is known as 'Animals'. As a talking goat, Dr. Dillamond was an Animal.

The Wizard dismisses the concerns of the two students. So Elphaba and Glinda choose separate courses that seal their fates. It's the discovery of Dr. Dillamond's murder that leads to the negative interaction with the Wizard, and the ultimate fates of Elphaba and Glinda.


Did 'Wicked' win a Tony for best musical?

No, "Wicked" didn't win a Tony for best musical.

Specifically, the winning categories instead were in designs of costumes and set, and in leading performance. In 2004, Susan Hilferty was the successful nominee for Best Costume Design. Gordon Lee was the successful nominee for Best Scene Design. Idina Kim Menzel was the successful nominee for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.


What is the plot of the musical 'Wicked'?

Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West and her relationship with Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. The plot is set mostly prior to Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, and also includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.

here is a more detailed look at the whole play...

Act I

The citizens of Oz celebrate the death of the Wicked Witch of the West, outside of the Wizard's Palace. Glinda descends in her gleaming bubble to confirm the circumstances of the Witch's melting ("No One Mourns the Wicked").

The scene then shifts to the birth, years earlier, of the green-skinned Elphaba Thropp, who will later become the Wicked Witch of the West. Elphaba, the daughter of the governor of Munchkinland, suffers an unhappy childhood, facing discrimination because of her skin color and being raised by only her father. At Shiz University, Galinda Upland first encounters Elphaba ("Dear Old Shiz"). In a moment of anger, as she is told she will be rooming with the spoiled and popular Galinda, Elphaba - whose father sent her to the university to care for her disabled sister Nessarose - accidentally reveals an innate magical talent. This impresses Madame Morrible, the "headshiztress" of Shiz, who notes that Elphaba's talents may be of use to the Wizard of Oz, Elphaba's idol. She promises to ask him for an audience, and to instruct Elphaba personally in the art of sorcery, taking no other students ("The Wizard and I"). Galinda (who had been hoping to be admitted to Madame Morrible's sorcery seminar) is horrified, and takes an immediate dislike to Elphaba. Elphaba also dislikes Galinda, and they each lament that they have no choice but to room together ("What Is This Feeling?").

Doctor Dillamond, a goat and Shiz university's only AnimalNote professor, is teaching history class when it is interrupted by an anti-Animal slogan on the back of his blackboard, apparently written in blood: "Animals should be seen not heard." After dismissing the class, he confides in Elphaba that something is causing the Animals of Oz to lose their powers of speech ("Something Bad"). Fiyero Tiggular, a Winkie prince, arrives at Shiz and immediately impresses his own brand of cavalier, carefree living on the students ("Dancing Through Life").

Fiyero organizes a party at a local ballroom. Galinda, while preparing for the dance, discovers a black pointed hat in a box and gives it to Elphaba as a 'present'. Galinda convinces a munchkin student named Boq to take Nessarose, Elphaba's wheelchair bound sister, to the party. Nessarose has a crush on Boq and is overjoyed to be invited. At the dance, Galinda is surprised by the appearance of Madame Morrible, who gives her a training wand and tells her that Elphaba has insisted she be included in the sorcery seminar. Elphaba arrives wearing the hat Galinda had given her, only to be ridiculed. Defiant, she proceeds to dance alone and without musical accompaniment. Fiyero is impressed that Elphaba does not seem to care what anyone thinks of her, but Galinda realizes that this is not true. Feeling guilty, she joins Elphaba on the dance floor, marking the start of a new friendship between the two. After the dance, Galinda and Elphaba talk in their room. Elphaba confides that her father hates her because of her green skin and had forced her mother to eat milk flowers to ensure that Nessarose was not born the same, causing Nessarose to be born early, crippling her and killing their mother. Galinda comforts Elphaba, and moved by a desire to help her new friend, Galinda decides to give Elphaba a makeover and to make her popular ("Popular").

The next day, Ozian officials take Doctor Dillamond away. The new history teacher arrives with a caged lion cub, revealing that Animals that are kept in cages will never learn to speak. Outraged, Elphaba and Fiyero steal the cub and set it free. There is a hint of chemistry between the pair, but Fiyero leaves, embarrassed. Elphaba takes refuge under a bridge and regrets that it would be impossible for someone like Fiyero to love someone like her ("I'm Not That Girl"). Madame Morrible finds Elphaba and announces that she has been granted an audience with the Wizard. At the train station, Galinda and Fiyero see Elphaba off to the Emerald City. Galinda complains to Elphaba privately that Fiyero's affections toward her seem to be waning. Fiyero has brought flowers for Elphaba as a going away present, and seems to be more interested in her than he is in Galinda. In an attempt to impress Fiyero, Galinda announces that she will change her name to "Glinda" in honor of Doctor Dillamond's persistent mispronunciation. Fiyero does not appear to notice and, feeling bad for Glinda, Elphaba invites her along to see the Wizard.

After a day of sightseeing in the Emerald City ("One Short Day"), Elphaba and Glinda meet the Wizard. Eschewing special effects, which he employs for the benefit of most visitors, he invites Elphaba to join him ("Sentimental Man"). As a test, he asks that Elphaba give his monkey servant, Chistery, the ability to fly using the Grimmerie, an ancient book of spells. Elphaba demonstrates an innate understanding of the lost language and successfully gives Chistery wings. The Wizard reveals an entire cage full of winged monkeys, and remarks that they will make good spies to report any subversive Animal activity. Realizing that she has been used and that the Wizard has no power of his own, Elphaba runs away with the Grimmerie, pursued by the palace guards.

Elphaba and Glinda run into the tallest tower, where they hear Madame Morrible declaring to all of Oz that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch" and is not to be trusted. Elphaba enchants a broomstick to fly and tries to convince Glinda to join her in her cause, but Glinda cannot resist the call of popularity and refuses. Leaving Glinda behind, Elphaba flies off, promising to fight the Wizard with all her power ("Defying Gravity").

Act II

Several years have passed, and Elphaba's exploits have earned her the title "The Wicked Witch of the West" ("No One Mourns the Wicked (reprise)"). Glinda and Morrible hold a press conference a la Evita to announce Glinda's surprise engagement to Fiyero ("Thank Goodness"). Meanwhile, Elphaba arrives at the governor's residence in Munchkinland seeking refuge. Nessarose, now the governor following their father's suicide, criticizes Elphaba for not using magic to help her to overcome her disability. To assuage her feelings of guilt, Elphaba enchants Nessarose's jeweled shoes, enabling her to walk. Boq, Nessarose's servant, is summoned and reveals that his affection for Nessarose was put on and that his heart lies with Glinda. Furious, Nessarose miscasts a spell from the Grimmerie, causing Boq's heart to shrink. While Elphaba attempts to save him, Nessarose reflects on how her obsession with Boq has led her to oppress the Munchkin people ("The Wicked Witch of the East"). Elphaba saves Boq by turning him into the Tin Man - horrified, Nessarose lays the blame on Elphaba.

Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace in order to free the rest of the winged monkeys. The Wizard attempts to regain her favor by agreeing to set them free ("Wonderful"). Upon discovering a now-speechless Doctor Dillamond among the monkeys, Elphaba rejects his offer and attempts to escape, running into Fiyero in the process. Confirming his true love for Elphaba, he runs off with her. Glinda sees this and is crestfallen that she has been betrayed by those closest to her ("I'm Not That Girl (Reprise)"). In an attempt to capture Elphaba once and for all, Madame Morrible decides to create a cyclone that will endanger Nessarose.

In a dark forest, Fiyero and Elphaba express their mutual love but are interrupted when Elphaba senses that her sister is in danger ("As Long As You're Mine"). She flies off to help but is too late, arriving just after Dorothy's house has landed on Nessarose, killing her. The palace guards capture Elphaba, but Fiyero intervenes and allows Elphaba to escape before surrendering himself. The guards take him to a nearby cornfield to be tortured until he tells them where Elphaba has fled. At one of Fiyero's family's castles, Elphaba tries to cast a spell to save Fiyero but, thinking she has failed, she begins to accept her reputation as "wicked" ("No Good Deed").

Meanwhile, Boq and the citizens of Oz prepare a witch hunt ("March of the Witch Hunters"). Boq claims that he was turned into the tin man as an act of evil by Elphaba, as he does not know that she saved him. The lion cub that Elphaba freed at Sitz is also at the gathering and turns out to be the "cowardly" lion. Boq tells the citizens that because Elphaba released him to fend for himself at such a young age, the lion has no courage; again Elphaba's good deed is lost amongst the crowd. Seeing the witch hunt, Glinda travels to Elphaba and Fiyero's castle to persuade her to let Dorothy go, but she refuses. She makes Glinda promise not to clear her name and to take charge in Oz, and the two confirm a true friendship ("For Good"). As the mob arrives at the castle, Dorothy throws a bucket of water on Elphaba (there had been previous rumours of Elphaba's allergy to water). Elphaba collapses to the ground, and only her hat, robe and green elixir are left behind. It is then revealed that the Wizard is actually Elphaba's father. Glinda tells the Wizard to leave Oz in his balloon, and sends Morrible to prison, before preparing to address the citizens of Oz, returning to the opening scene of the show.

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What is the message of the musical 'Wicked'?

That one's reputation and the way one really is often are not the same is one of the messages of the musical "Wicked."

Specifically, Elphaba Thropp cares about family, friends and nature. But people pass less attention to what she does and show more concern over the fact that Elphaba has green skin. They also allow themselves to be influenced by the rumors and lies that are told against her by two despicable, powerful enemies: the Wizard of Oz and Madame Morrible.


What are the sequels to Gregory Maguire's Wicked?

Son of a Witch and A Lion Among Men in order

There is also a fourth and final book called Out of Oz.

Books and Literature
To Kill a Mockingbird

In the book Witch by Gregory Maguire did Elphaba kill Yifero?

Well, actually, I think you are a little mixed up. A better way of phrasing that question would be this: In the book Wickedby Gregory Maguire, did Elphaba kill Fiyero? Elphaba didn't kill Fiyero, but he did die because of her. It's a fine line. Elphaba is on a mission. Fiyero finds out about the mission and she beggs him not to. Fiyero is killed in the cross fire.

While Elphaba didn't kill Fiyero she blamed herself for his death until the day that she died.


During which holiday did 'Wicked' open on Broadway?

The day before Halloween was the official opening of the musical 'Wicked' on Broadway. There had been a trial run months earlier at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco, California. That production started up on June 10th and closed down on June 29th. So it opened just before Father's Day on the 15th and closed just before July 4th.

Justin Bieber

Who wrote Milindapanho?

Milindapanho wasn't written by one person it is the collected dialogue between the King Milinda and the Buddhist sage Nagasena. Although it has been translated many a time throughout the centuries, it is only a collection of there discussions.


Why is Elphaba born green in 'Wicked'?

She was born that way. When her mom was carrying Nessarose, the dad made the mother chew milk flowers so the other baby wouldn't turn out green. The baby did turn out normal but her legs came out in a jumbled mess and the mom died. The father blamed Elphaba for this.


Is 'Wicked' coming to Spokane Washington?

No, there aren't any scheduled performances of 'Wicked' at this time. But performances are scheduled for Seattle. The dates are September 2-October 4, 2009. Performances will be held at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine Street, Seattle, Washington 98101. There aren't any performances scheduled for Spokane in 2010. But next year's schedule still is being worked out. For the latest news, please visit http:/www.musicalschwartz.com/wicked-tour.htm#seattle.


What will the 'Wicked' movie cast be?

Universal Pictures holds the filming rights to the original book 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' by Gregory Maguire [b. June 9, 1954]. Marc E. Platt [b. 1957] of Marc Platt Productions within Universal Pictures is involved in the musical 'Wicked', which is the successful adaptation of the book to the stage. At this point, no one is indicating any ground breaking work as to the possible film version. The musical is far too successful on Broadway, and on national tours of the United States of America and international tours of such countries as Australia, England, Germany, and Japan. There yet is no end in sight to the stage form for any serious discussions of the film version to take place.

Classic Movies
Wizard of Oz

What are the names of the witches in 'The Wizard of Oz'?

According to the 1900 edition of the original book by author and Oz series originator Lyman Frank Baum, there are four witches in the land of Oz. Two witches are wicked, and remain the nameless Wicked Witches of the East and of the West. But their names are revealed decades later, when Gregory Maguire gives them the names Elphaba Thropp of the West, and Nessarose Thropp of the East.

Two witches, in the lands of Oz, are good. The Good Witch of the South is ka Glinda. The Good Witch of the North remains nameless. Or does she? Later in the book, the Winged Monkeys tell the tale of Quelala and his wife Gayelette, a beautiful princess and powerful sorceress of the North. Is Gayelette a third good witch? Or is she the older Good Witch of the North in her youth? And to complicate things even further, according to the 1902/1903 stage version of the book, which also was authored by Baum, the Good Witch of the North is ka Locasta.

In the movie, Glinda is the Good Witch of the North. The Wicked Witch of the East and the Wicked Witch of the West have no names in the movie version of "The Wizard of Oz."

In Gregory McGuire's book Wicked, he names the Wicked Witch of the West Elphaba (from the author of the Wizard of Oz's initials, LFB) and the Wicked Witch of the East Nessarose. Galinda, who becomes known later as Glinda, is the good witch.


How many people have seen wicked?

over 20 million


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