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Wicked is the prequel to the classic Frank L. Baum novel,
The Wizard of Oz. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked
~ The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,
the musical questions just how the Wicked Witch became
'wicked' - "was she born wicked or did she have
wickedness thrust upon her?"
You are first introduced to the green girl, Elphaba,
as she arrives at Shiz University, where she reveals
a hidden talent for magic. It is here at Shiz that she
meets Galinda (who eventually becomes Glinda the Good)
when they are paired as roommates. To begin with, they
both totally loathe each other and are not happy with
the situation they find themselves in.
Galinda hits on an extraordinary plan to show up her
roommate when her friends discover a very embarrassing
hat that her 'Granny' has sent her. She gives Elphaba
the hat, pretending that her niceness is the reason
for the gift, when in reality she only wants to make
a laughing stock of her green roomie. However, just
before Elphaba is about to make her entrance, Madame
Morrible appears at the party to give Galinda everything
she has ever wanted - a training wand and access to
Elphaba's sorcery tutorial. She suddenly has a change
of heart, but it is too late to stop Elphaba making
a fool of herself.
Elphaba, being the strong person that she is, takes
matters into her own hands and tries to shrug off the
snipping comments of her classmates and starts dancing
away. It is at this point Galinda cuts in, much to the
horror and disgust of her friends. Shunning their advice
to stop, she carries on and an unforgettable bond starts
to bloom between the roommates, and it is only a matter
of minutes before the rest of the Oz Dust Ballroom are
following Galinda's lead and joining in the dance.
Now friends, life at school is not quite as bad for
Elphaba, although the harmony does not last long. Dr
Dillamond, the professor she looks up to, is taken away
from Shiz, an Animal no longer permitted to teach. This
outrages Elphaba and she wants to do something about
it, but is prevented by Madame Morrible. Class continues
with a new teacher who brings with him a cage sporting
a defenceless Lion Cub, and that because of his situation,
he is a Lion that will never learn to speak.
No longer able to control her rage, Elphaba's powers
are unleashed again. The class and teachers are affected
by her powers, but Fiyero is not, giving her and Fiyero
the perfect opportunity to rescue the Lion Cub and take
him to safety. Alone with Fiyero, Elphaba discovers
that there is a possibility that their relationship
is something more than just friends. But before she
has a chance to pursue it, awkwardness sets in and Fiyero
flees the scene with the Lion Cub.
Shortly after, Morrible goes in search of Elphaba
with the news she has been waiting for - that the Wizard
has requested her presence in the Emerald City. Persuading
Galinda (now Glinda) to go with her, the two set off
for the wonders of the Emerald City and soon find themselves
standing before the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
In order for Elphaba's 'heart's desires' to be fulfilled,
she has to prove herself to the Wizard, and his new
Press Secretary, who just happens to be Madame Morrible.
The Wizard's monkey servant, Chistery, has always dreamed
of flying with the birds, and it is up to Elphaba and
a levitation spell from the Grimmerie to make it possible
- and she does.
However, she also learns something else that will
change her life forever - that the Wonderful Wizard
of Oz is not so wonderful after all, and her whole presence
and spell-casting a mere set-up to carry out the magic
the Wizard could not do himself. And when she discovers
the Wizard is responsible for stopping the 'subversive
Animal activity,' she refuses to go along with his plan
and runs away.
Glinda follows, but they soon find themselves trapped
in the attic with the Wizard's guards coming up after
them. Morrible announces to Oz that Elphaba is 'wicked',
'responsible for the mutilation' of the monkeys and
should be captured. Elphaba now knows she has no choice
but to flee. With very few options left, Elphaba attempts
the levitation spell, although she fails to develop
wings like Chistery. However, the broom starts levitating
through the air towards her. Taking it, she has the
perfect opportunity to escape.
She pleads with Glinda to come with her, but she cannot.
As the guards burst through the door and grab Glinda,
Elphaba starts yelling that it's her they are after,
not Glinda, and at that moment, she rises into the air,
soaring above the guards and away from harm.
After Elphaba's escape, the rest of Oz are distracted
by the surprise announcement of Fiyero and Glinda's
engagement and are suddenly too busy celebrating to
worry about the 'wicked witch', although neither Fiyero
nor Glinda can get her out of their minds. Surprised
by the news of his own engagement Fiyero continues to
wave and smile, playing along with the charade until
the Citizens of Oz start making 'wicked' comments about
Elphaba. At this point, he takes his leave, agreeing
to marry Glinda, but no longer able to stay and listen
to bad things being said about Elphaba.
Elphaba meanwhile, pays her sister a visit, where
she discovers that her father has died and that Nessa
is now the Governor of Munchkinland. She begs for her
sister's help but is refused it as Nessa reveals she
is fed up with Elphaba helping everyone else with her
'powers', but never her own sister.
Casting a spell on her sister's shoes, she is suddenly
able to walk and Elphaba has finally had the chance
to do something good. Only when Nessa calls for Boq,
more secrets are revealed, about what Nessa has been
doing to the Munchkins, but more importantly for Elphaba,
that Fiyero and Glinda are getting married. Boq, now
seeing that Nessa can walk and take care of herself,
announces that he is leaving to go after Glinda, something
Nessa cannot stand.
Nessa attempts to cast her own spell from the Grimmerie
to stop Boq leaving, but it backfires and instead starts
to shrink Boq's heart, leaving his life hanging in the
balance. The only thing Elphaba can do to help is cast
another spell in the hope that his lack of heart will
no longer be an issue. She leaves her sister to go to
the Emerald City, and when Boq wakes up, he discovers
he is now made of tin, and the only thing Nessa can
do is blame it all on her sister.
Elphaba arrives at the engagement party, but is unable
to get to Fiyero or Glinda without being spotted. She
soon discovers she is not alone when the Wizard reveals
his presence. She is angry with him, but after some
explaining, she can begin to understand what he did.
She agrees to join forces with him, but 'on one condition'
- that the monkeys are given their freedom. The Wizard
agrees and for a few short moments, all is well, until
Elphaba reveals Dr Dillamond under a blanket. When she
realises he has lost the power to speak, she is furious
with the Wizard and vows to 'fight him until the day
The guards are called and Fiyero arrives with them.
After sending away his men to fetch water, he grabs
the Wizard and holds him at gunpoint, while telling
Elphaba to leave. Glinda picks that moment to find out
what the commotion is about, discovers Elphaba, and
then that Fiyero is threatening the Wizard. When questioned
what he is doing, Fiyero reveals he is leaving with
Elphaba, much to the surprise of both women. The two
flee the scene, leaving behind a distraught Glinda who
reveals, inadvertently, to Morrible and the Wizard the
best way to capture Elphaba.
Together again for the first time since the Lion Cub
incident, Fiyero and Elphaba are finally able to be
with each other. But again, their bliss is short-lived
when Elphaba has a vision of a 'house, flying through
the air'. Believing her sister is in trouble, she leaves
Fiyero in the forest and goes to Nessa.
On arrival, Elphaba finds her sister dead, killed
by a falling house, and Glinda mourning her death. The
pair exchange heated words and eventually a fight breaks
out, which is only stopped when the Ozian Guards arrive,
apologising for their delay. Elphaba is shocked that
Glinda used her sister's death as a trap to capture
At that moment, Fiyero arrives, despite having been
told by Elphaba to stay away. He holds Glinda at gunpoint,
forcing the guards to release Elphaba, who is then able
to escape. Once she is safely away, Fiyero turns himself
in and it is now Glinda realises that he really does
love Elphaba, and not her. Fiyero is then stuck on a
pole in the cornfield in the hope the torture will make
him reveal the wicked witch's whereabouts.
In the safety of the Kiamo Ko castle, Elphaba tries
to cast a spell to protect Fiyero and save his life,
but when she cannot do so, gives up and she resigns
herself to the fact that everyone was right when they
called her 'wicked'. She cannot do anything right, and
more importantly she cannot even protect the one she
loves, and declares herself as 'wicked through and through'.
The Citizens of Oz are rallied together by Boq to
go after the 'wicked witch'. Morrible and Glinda turn
out to wave them off, and it is at this point Glinda
questions Morrible about Nessa's death and learns the
truth behind the cyclone - that it was no 'accident'.
Having waved goodbye to the 'witch hunters', Glinda
knows that despite everything that has happened, she
has to find Elphaba and warn her that they are coming
While together, they learn of Fiyero's 'death', and
it is the turning point for Elphaba. She surrenders
to her fate, but not before making Glinda promise not
to clear her name. Having hidden Glinda, Elphaba goes
off to face the angry mob and melts away after a bucket
of water is thrown on her.
Chistery gives Glinda the little green bottle Elphaba
always kept with her. Returning to the Emerald City,
Glinda shows the bottle to the Wizard, revealing that
Elphaba was his daughter, and that her powers stemmed
from her being a 'child of both worlds'. Glinda informs
the Wizard he will be leaving Oz, and that she will
take over; he willingly agrees. Glinda calls for the
guards, and Morrible is arrested and taken away. Glinda
is then, still upset from her best friend's death, left
to make an announcement to Oz that she would like to
be 'Glinda the Good'.
Meanwhile, a Scarecrow arrives at the castle and once
the coast is clear, knocks on the trapdoor. Elphaba
appears unharmed and thankful to see Fiyero, even if
he is not like he used to be. The spell, which turned
him into a Scarecrow, ultimately saved his life. While
Elphaba wishes she could let Glinda know they were alive,
they both know no one can ever know, otherwise they
will never be safe. They leave Oz for the final time,
knowing they will never be able to return to their home