Wicked Character List

In all my months writing about Wicked the Musical, I have never come across such an innovative way to produce a vast description of the characters in Wicked and their growth from Gregory Maguire’s story to the one we are all familiar with in the film “The Wizard of Oz.”

The Wicked Witch of the West: An instant outcast for her green skin, Elphaba slowly acquires the trappings of witchdom throughout the first act - the magic, the hat, the broom, even the flying monkeys. But as for the wicked part, well, that’s pure propaganda, because she’s willing to fight the power (”Defying Gravity” is her big showstopper). The role was originated on Broadway by Idina Menzel, who also starred in the original production of “Rent.”

Glinda: A mispronunciation of Galinda, the perky blonde at Shiz U who’s still good, but a little bit witchier than we remember her from the classic movie. She takes a dislike to Elphaba but has a change of heart, giving her a makeover during her signature tune, “Popular.” The original Glinda was Kristen Chenoweth, who moved on to Hollywood with roles in “The West Wing” and the recent film comedy “Four Christmases.”

The Wizard: Oz’s scheming tyrant, who’s responsible for the oppression of the kingdom’s talking animals. The legendary Joel Grey originated the role on Broadway.

The Cowardly Lion: We meet him as a cub in a cage. Elphaba breaks him out because she learns that cages keep magical animals from learning how to talk. “Wicked” also serves up creative origin stories for the Scarecrow and the Tin Woodman, but revealing those would spoil things.

Dorothy: As for little Miss “Over the Rainbow,” her house still kills the Wicked Witch of the East - Elphaba’s sister - but she doesn’t even get onstage. Instead, she’s just a faceless pawn manipulated by forces she can’t possibly understand. And is that how the current generation views its parents? Sorry, Judy!

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Roscioli making her Broadway debut as the green-faced Elphaba

Roscioli Will Fly Into Broadway's Wicked July 21

Dee Roscioli, who starred in the Chicago production of Wicked, will join the cast of the Broadway production of that Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical July 21 at the Gershwin Theatre.

Roscioli will be making her Broadway debut as the green-faced Elphaba. She will join a cast that includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Tony Award winner Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.

Dee Roscioli played Grizabella in the national tour of Cats and has appeared in workshops of Dangerous Beauty and Behind the Limelight.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.

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Wicked latest shows and events in New York

Check out the latest events in New York as Wicked fans are just as excited to see the show as the rest of the country! With events throughout the state, it is no wonder that the original made its way to the Broadway stages before long!

Check out the latest shows and events in New York, listed on the Wicked website.

Also listed here for quick reference:

8/22 Wicked at Long Branch Beach / Sandy Hook Beach, New Jersey

8/14 Wicked at Fire Island Ferries: Sayville, Bay Shore and Patchogue

8/08 Wicked at Point Pleasant Beach / Bay Head, New Jersey

8/01 Wicked at Lido Beach / Point Lookout, New York

7/25 Wicked at Belmar Beach / Spring Lake, New Jersey

As always there will be more updates as the days pass, but for now enjoy those Wicked tickets in the area!

Wicked is performing at Tulsa OK

Wicked is performing at Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK for four weeks. The show is presented by Celebrity Attractions and will perform 32 times, though August 9th. For many reasons, except for the most obvious, “Wicked” is seriously green. Except for the environmental term, Wicked’s main character Elphaba, later known as the Wicked Witch of the West, is a green color from the time of her birth (we learn as to why her color is the way it is at the end of the story) and the fact that the play has grossed the largest amount in comparison to any other American theater work. More than 17 million international audiences have seen the four North American and fourth international companies perform the show, resulting in $1.35 billion in ticket sales and more than $100 million in memorabilia.

Wicked will perform at 7:30 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday, 8pm on Friday, 2 & 8pm on Saturdays, 2 & 7:30 no Sunday with a special matinee on July 16th at 1:30 and a hearing impaired version on August 2nd’s matinee. Wicked tickets remain hard to come by, so act quickly! The best seats can be found on the weekday performances and Sunday evenings.

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‘Wicked’ Stars Worldwide

Former “Wicked” star Shoshana Bean may be in Vegas performing with the Peepshow cast, but she’s still got a lot of “Wicked” in her, as this week she performed with friend and composer Scott Alan, who recently released the album “Keys,” which Bean helped to promote. “I’ve defintely gotten lucky in my own career, but I remain a huge fan of all the great people I now get to work with. A few years ago I worked with someone I really admired and it was a terrible, miserable expereicne. So I made a pact with yself to only work with good people whom I admire and who treat me well in return.” The star is talking about working with people like Kerry Ellis, sutton Foster of Shrek and Megan Hilton of 9 to 5. The new star traveled to San Francisco for the first time to work at The Rrazz Room at Hotel Nikko where he’ll meet resident casts of Wicked. The singer has always been close to Wicked stars, like when he was suppossed to work with Eden Espinsoa, a Wicked member who should have been been on his last album; though she pulled out at last minute, it all worked out for the best.

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