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Wicked - The Musical
Transcript of Wicked - The Musical
Witches of Oz Bibliography Composed by: Stephen Schwartz
Libretto by: Winnie Holzman, Gregory
McGuire and Stephen Schwartz Plot Synopsis Instruments - Piano, Violin, Triangle, Viola,
Time Signature - 4/4
What is it about? - This song is about being popular and about how to talk to boys at school. It shows Glinda advising and showing off a bit to Elphaba who is not as popular as her. Glinda tells Elphaba to follow her lead to become popular.
Syncopation is not used in this song. Popular Title, Composer and Librettist: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(musical)
First performance - When and Where? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(musical)#Productions
"Popular" - http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111015083306AAQJLdh
Main musical numbers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wicked_(musical)
Picture of Curran Theater - http://www.vipseats.com/images/curran%20theatre%20tickets.jpg
Picture of Elphaba: http://stuffpoint.com/wicked-the-musical/image/152056-wicked-the-musical-elphaba.jpg
Picture of Prince Fiyero: http://wicked.wikia.com/wiki/Fiyero_Tigelaar
Picture of Glinda: http://wicked.stubhub.com/blog/2006/11/ Wicked officially opened on June
10, 2003 at the Curran centre in San
Francisco. First Performance...
When and Where? Musical Numbers No One Mourns the Wicked
Dear Old Shiz
The Wizard and I
What is this Feeling?
Dancing with Life
I'm not that Girl
One Short Day
A Sentimental Man
As Long as You're Mine
No Good Deed
March of the Witch Hunters
Finale Musical Category Wicked fits into the musical category of MUSICAL
DRAMA. Popular The melody of the piece is generally played in C Major (right hand). The time signature of this piece is 4/4 so it gives a steady beat even though the rhythm is slightly swing. The chorus of the song is sung sweetly with variations of tone. Many sentences take up a higher pitch during the end. Many times when Glinda sings Pop-u-lar she goes higher in the "u" part.
The verses are a bit louder than the chorus. Glinda mouths the words very clearly so the song becomes easy to understand. The triangle has a very distinct sound in this song. You can hear it moving up in pitch throughout sentences.
This song is important to the musical because it is the part when Glinda and Elphaba become friends . It is also important because we get a good look at Glinda's personality and what matters to her. The story starts of with the citizens of Oz dancing in the street,
jubilant because the Wicked Witch of the West - Elphaba - is dead. Just then Glinda - The Good Witch of the North - glides down and begins to tell the Ozians about Elphaba's life. We get to know that Elphaba suffered an unhappy childhood.
Elphaba's mother also gave birth to another girl - Nessarose - who from birth, was disabled. When the time comes to send Nessarose to university, Elphaba is told to accompany her. Not to learn - but to push Nessarose around on her wheelchair.
At Shiz University, Elphaba meets Glinda - a spoiled and popular girl. Everyone hates Elphaba but she is a teacher's pet because she is so smart. A bit later in the story Prince Fiyero shows up and becomes Glinda's boyfriend. They prepare for a dance in the Ozdust ballroom and Glinda plays a nasty trick on Elphaba.
Elphaba takes it well and thinks of it as a gift and Glinda feels terrible. They then become friends. Prince Fiyero now falls for Elphaba and together they use magic to stop a lion-cub being tested on. After hearing about it, Madam Morrible - the headmistress- sends Elphaba to the Emerald city.
At the train station, Elphaba feels bad for Glinda and tells her to some along. So they both meet the Wizard. They both realize that the Wizard has no power and wishes only to use Elphaba. She runs away and tells Glinda that she will use all her power to defeat the Wizard.
So Elphaba returns to the Emerald city to defeat the Wizard but the wizard tempts her into staying. She almost says yes but then comes back to her senses. As she tries to flee, the Wizard is too fast. At this moment Fiyero and Glinda burst in and Glinda is overjoyed. Her mood changes when Fiyero flees with Elphaba.
Acting upon her emotions, Glinda suggests to Madam Morrible that they use Nessarose as bait to lure Elphaba in.
Fiyero and Elphaba finally have a moment alone in the forest but just then Elphaba senses that her sister is in trouble. She runs back and meets Glinda again. They argue and fight and Fiyero tries to come and rescue Elphaba but is sentenced to death in the process.
Elphaba admits defeat and dies. The musical ends with the Ozians celebrating on her death but Glinda mourns, ponders and cherishes her life-changing friendship with Elfie. Pictures in Plot Synopsis: Defying Gravity: http://www.glogster.com/twilightfreak92/you-say-wicked-like-its-a-bad-thing-/g-6odjm5dtad9ocrnqsmeqsg8 Picture of Wicked Musical Poster: http://mylifemysonmyway.blogspot.com.au/2011/10/our-trip-to-west-end-to-see-wicked.html Glinda and Elphaba: http://www.cheechunfoo.com/music/wicked-musical-songs/ Picture of Popular: http://rashbre2.blogspot.com.au/2007/05/wicked-evening.html