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  • The A – Z of West End Musical ‘Wicked’

     

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    We love the theatre here at Mojomums, and the few of us that have seen the West End smash hit musical, Wicked, have said it’s amazing.

    Spellbinding audiences across the world for over a decade and winning 100 international awards, Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba. The hit musical is now in its 9th year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre and is the 10th longest-running show in the West End.

    Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs by multi GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, discover how their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.

    To bring you up to speed on all things Wicked which has been seen by over 6 million theatregoers in London and played over 3000 performances, we’ve put together a handy A to Z that will explain everything you need to know about the perfect half-term treat and “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (London Evening Standard).

     

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    A is for the Apollo Victoria Theatre – the West End home of Wicked where it opened on 27 September 2006.

    B is for Boq, an unusually tall Munchkin that falls hopelessly in love with, Glinda at Shiz University

    C is for Chistery, the Wizard’s Monkey servant in the Emerald City.

    D is for Doctor Dillamond, one of Wicked’s main Animal representatives and its most passionate civil rights defender.

    E is for Elphaba, a brilliant student with green skin and magical gifts that she tries to hide; a momentous meeting with The Wizard sets her on the fateful path to be becoming ‘wicked’…

    F is for Fiyero, a handsome prince without a care in the world; on the surface he’s very shallow but Elphaba reveals a much deeper, thoughtful side.

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    G is for Glinda a beautiful, popular and privileged girl who ignores her conscience and is swayed by temptation to join The Wizard’s administration and elevate her position in Oz.

    H is for Holzman, the surname of the musical’s scriptwriter, Winnie Holzman.

    I is for Idina Menzel, who played the original Elphaba on Broadway in 2003 and in the West End in 2006; Idina Menzel won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal.

    J is for Joe Mantello, the award-winning director of Wicked.

    K is for Kiamo Ko, one of the few castles that reside in Oz and which later becomes the hiding place of the Wicked Witch of the West

    L is for L.Frank Baum, author of `The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ published in 1900 and the inspiration for Gregory Maguire’s novel upon which the musical is based. Gregory used Baum’s initials to create the name Elphaba!

    is for Madame Morrible, Headmistress of Shiz University who later becomes The Wizard’s press secretary and is responsible for labelling Elphaba ‘wicked’.

    N is for Nessarose, the ‘tragically beautiful’ younger sister of Elphaba that becomes the owner of a pair of bejewelled slippers…

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    O is for Oz, or more specifically the Land of Oz, where the story of Wicked takes place.

    P is for “Popular”, a song from Wicked sung by Glinda that Stephen Schwartz uses to characterise her shallowness and teen sensibility.

    Q is for Quadlings, the citizens of Quadling Country in the southern part of Oz and feature primarily in Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

     R is for ‘Rejoicify’ – an Ozian word that means to celebrate not once, but several times, typically after the death of a Wicked Witch, with much group singing and dancing!

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    S is for Shiz University. With Madame Morrible as its Headmistress, Shiz University is where all of the main characters study. The design of the Shiz University uniforms is eclectic and marked by dramatic asymmetry.

    T is for Tony Awards. In 2004, the Broadway production of Wicked won three Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (this was awarded to Idina Menzel), Best Costume Design (awarded to Susan Hilferty) and Best Scenic Design (awarded to Eugene Lee).

    U is for Upland, Glinda’s surname!

     V is for Victoria, where Wicked is performed eight times a week at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

     W is for The Wizard of Oz, the human ruler of Oz that arrived from Kansas in a hot air balloon.

    X is for xenophobia, which means fear or dislike of people. When Elphaba first goes to University, everyone is scared of her because her skin is green – she is also teased and laughed at because she’s different to other members of Shiz University.

    Y is for the years that Wicked has been performed: the show recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on Broadway and flew into its 9th spellbinding year in the West End!

    Z often features as part of the set within The Wizard of Oz’s logo in the Emerald City.

     

    Discover more at: www.WickedtheMusical.co.uk and get the latest news on the official Wicked Facebook and Twitter.

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