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Wicked

Overview for Cope Beginning Choir
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Sarah Lerchie

on 11 March 2013

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Main Characters Elphaba Basic Ideas Wizard of Oz PreQuel What is a PreQuel music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West The musical is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz The Wicked Witch of the West Galenda The Good Witch of the North Elphaba's sister who is in a wheel chair
She is the father's favorite
The father gave her a pair of silver bejeweled shoes Nessarose becomes the major of Munchkinland Nessarose criticizes Elphaba for not using her powers to help her. Elphaba enchants her silver shoes and they turn into ruby red slippers. As long as Nessarose wears them, she can walk. In the end, she is crushed to death by a house. The cause of her pigmentation is due to her mother having drunk a green elixir before being seduced by Elphaba's biological father Elphaba demonstrates a natural talent in the field of sorcery early in the musical, and is selected by Madame Morrible to be tutored personally. She progresses quickly, and is eventually called before the Wizard of Oz himself, with a view to becoming his "magic Grand Vizier". She is described as "blonde" in every way Elphaba and Glinda find out the Wizard has a campaign to rid Oz of all talking animals, and has tricked Elphaba into creating flying monkey spies. Glinda prefers to play it safe and moreover explore her political opportunities with the Wizard, ultimately sealing her destiny to become "Glinda the Good", and a public icon/spokesperson of Oz. She is in love with Boq, a munchkin. She takes away all rights and privileges of the munchkins so he cannot leave her. Fiyero Fiyero Fiyero He is a prince He meets Elphaba at Shiz University, and later has a romance with her while she is involved in a resistance movement against the Wizard of Oz Elphaba cast a protection spell on him to save him from the guards spears. Her spell turns him into a Scarcrow Galinda loves Fiyero creating a love triangle Boq He is a Munchkin Originally persuse Galinda but it is unwanted and she pushes him on Nessrose. He falls for Nessa but is angry when she takes away the rights and freedom of Munchkins in order to keep him from leaving. He says she is just as wicked as Elphaba and she becomes the Wicked Witch of the East Once Boq thinks Nessa is wicked he asks to leave and find Galinda. Nessa casts a spell on him to steal his heart so he can only love her It went wrong and he was left with no heart Elphaba tries to fix Nessarose's mess and end up turning him into Tin Man so he can live without a heart. However, she learns that the Wizard is in fact a powerless fraud after he tricks her into creating the flying monkeys which he plans to use as spies.
Elphaba steals the Grimmerie from him and sets herself up as a rebel. In retaliation, the Wizard has Madame Morrible spread the rumor that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch", to turn the public against her. She becomes the subject of national hatred thereafter, and her attempts to convince the people as to the Wizard's corrupt rule are regarded as slander. Glinda was so determined to bring Elphaba and Fiyero to justice for running away together, that she suggested to the Wizard and Madame Morrible that they spread a rumor about Nessarose being in danger to lure Elphaba out of hiding. The Wizard and Madame Morrible took Glinda's suggestion to its most extreme level, with Morrible creating the cyclone that brought Dorothy's house to Oz and crushed Nessarose to death. Glinda comes to understand that Elphaba and Fiyero "deserve each other" in the most positive sense of the term. She tries to avenge Elphaba's supposed death by threatening to expose the Wizard as a fraud unless he leaves Oz altogether. Having thrown the fiendish Madame Morrible in jail, Glinda follows in Elphaba's footsteps, trying to fix all the damage that has been caused in Oz over the past few decades, and hoping to truly earn her title as "Glinda the Good" among the people. No One Mourns the Wicked After the Wicked witch of the West has "melted" the people of Oz celebrate. Glinda tries to change the Ozians opinion of the wicked witch by telling them the true story. The opening song The Wizard and I The song is performed in the beginning of the first act of the musical. In it, Madame Morrible tells Elphaba of her talents, and tells her that she will arrange a meeting with the Wizard. This begins Elphaba's desire to change herself, with the aid of the Wizard, whom she still believes to be genuine, and can help her with all of her problems. Elphaba also sings about redeeming herself in her father, Frexspar's, and her sister Nessarose's eyes, and having the Wizard cure her of her sickly green appearance. Also, Elphaba dreams about becoming a new person, not only on the outside, but doing great deeds in league with the Wizard, and forming Oz's "favorite team." One Short Day Elphaba invites "Glinda" to the Emerald City. The two girls are so happy to be there, saying that they "belong there"; Elphaba being green, and Glinda being grand. They are dazzled by the wonders of the City. They then see the show "Wizomania", a show about the Wizard. The song ends with Elphaba and Glinda affirming their friendship and seeing the Wizard. For Good Just prior to the song, Elphaba gives Glinda the Grimmerie and tells her that it is now up to her to continue Elphaba's cause. The two admit they were each others only friend and their friendship changed them for good. It's the finale for the show's first act, when Elphaba discovers that The Wizard of Oz is not the heroic figure she had originally believed him to be. Elphaba vows to do everything in her power to fight the Wizard and his sinister plans against the Animals of Oz.

She sings of how she wants to live without limits, going against the rules that others have set for her. During the song, Elphaba enchants a broomstick to levitate and, pursued by the Wizard's guards, rises from the stage above the angered citizens of Oz, who try in vain to "bring her down." Defying Gravity Nessarose
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