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Wicked: The Grimmerie

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Wicked is not just a musical, it is a phenomenon. Every week, 15,000 people pack New York's Gershwin Theatre to see the show. The most successful musical on Broadway in 2004, Wicked is based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It tells the story of Elphaba, the headstrong Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the good witch, growing up in the Land ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Hachette Books
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Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I got WICKED: THE GRIMMERIE for Christmas two years ago, and I sat there on the couch reading the whole thing while everyone else was trying to talk to me. Needless to say, I am a HUGE fan of Wicked the musical. I also got tickets again that year. The Grimmerie is something that every Wicked fan should have. It gives insight on how the musical came to be, the language (and yes Galindafied is in there), and of course the OBC. For me, the Original Broadway Cast was the best, and I was very interes ...more
Rose Heartfilia
I got this one from my brother after watching the show for the second time.

the first time I watched it was the summer of 2012 in London. The second was on the 21st of December 2012 and in the Netherlands.
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After seeing this musical twice in the space of a year, I realized that I really am enough of a fan to track down the companion book. (I love Maguire's book, too. And they are going to make a movie! Maybe.)

So, this is a coffee table book. It is completely gorgeous and very well-designed, with lots of beautiful photographs and sketches and overall a great layout. Which I guess is the point of musical companion books?--I don't know; the other companion books I've read are all for fantasy book seri
Corina Black
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ello Ozheads!!

This book is wonderful. Utterly wonderful. As a fifteen-year-old Wicked fan, I only have so much opportunity to express the depth of my (admittedly unhealthy) passion for Wicked. This book is fantastic and very obsession-worthy. It features firsthand commentary from Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth, Stephen Schwartz, Gregory Maguire, Winnie Holzman, director Joe Mantello, and loads of other people/cast members. It is very satisfying.

There were one or two things that bothered me... H
Ahhh! What a gorgeous, gorgeous book- everything about it is just beautiful, from the thick, softly-cushioned hard cover, to the rich colour design inside to the texture of the paper. When I went to see Wicked last year, I just knew I had to get this. And given I'm such a fan of the novel... well, it was inevitable.

I love companion books to films, TV shows (and, I suppose, theatre!). I love hearing how plots got developed, reading about how actors approach characters. The detail that goes into
Fantastic insight into the wonderful world of Oz ehm Wicked. Unfortunately not the full libretto was put into the Grimmerie which was disappointing. Nevertheless a must read for every fan of the musical.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
I'll be the less than popular reviewer on this one. Sure I've heard the play is terrific but I thought the bk was just weird and a little creepy.
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING (obviously). Being a drama student, this book is everything I dreamt it would be. Inspiring, insightful, funny, charming, clever, just AMAZING. It has everything a Wicked fan would want. Copies of original draft scores, quotes form Gregory, Idina, Kristin and everyone. It has explanation of stage set (some magic may be spoilt!), costume, scenography, sound, lighting, everything. The bound up is beautiful and is just like Elphie's Grimmerie. A great gift for any Wicked fan and a MUST read ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Did a little re-read, because I'm in the musical mood. I love Wicked the musical and this is just an awesome book for everyone who loves Wicked. I love the photos and the interviews with Kristin and Idina. Also the set drawings are amazing. Yay!
Alaysia J
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it
In the first part of the book Wicked by Gregory Maguire, the witch is spying on the girl Dorthy. She can only see the back of Dorthy's head and didn't know that it was her at the time, but she was eavesdroping on them. But the Lion, Tinman, Scarecrow, and Dorthy, were gossiping about the with and how she was an abused child and that how she was so wicked. But within that the witch is in the tree not being able to see the red dazzling shoes that Dorthy was wearing. So when she finally sees that D ...more
Maddy Lanslots
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I just feel like I should put this out here, because I noticed some people are confusing this book with the book WICKED: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST by Gregory Maguire. They are NOT the same book. The book by Maguire is the original novel on which the musical WICKED was based; THE GRIMMERIE is a companion piece to the musical with behind-the-scenes information for fans of the show. Just to clear things up!

As a huge fan of the musical WICKED (bordering on an obsession, real
Ben Sears
Jun 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book is about a devil child that is born green. In this story she is mistreated and borderline abused throughout this book. She starts as a little girl who had birth defects that couldn’t be fixed. She grows up believing that she was evil because no matter what she did, people wouldn’t acknowledge her unless she was being evil. Because of all of that she turns out the way everyone expects.

I would not recommend this book to anyone. The first reason being that the ending is pretty predictabl
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had read Wicked before there was any audible talk of turning it into a musical. When I found out about the musical, I was excited and intrigued. I couldn't imagine how they would turn such a rich and layered book into a Broadway show. The Grimmerie gives an excellent glimpse into how they managed to do exactly that. It is chock full of pictures, interviews and all the information you need to vicariously experience the show. The book includes the text of the musical as well as essays on each ma ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG I absolutely LOOOOVED the musical and this book was an amazing introduction to how the musical started and has some wonderful information about the whole musical in general. The pictures are fantastic, the book looks super cool, and just reading about the musical makes me feel a just a little bit closer to the characters, the musical itself, and to the world of Oz. Definitely a worthwhile buy for a fan and it looks super fancy!
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Okay, I know you're going to start thinking I'm obsessed - and maybe I am a bit (with the MUSICAL!) - but this is the book I should've started with. Full of pictures and stories about the development of this story inspired by but separate from Maguire's book... I loved it! It made me relive my time in the theater and learn even more about the writers, producers and characters.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this show. First of all it is MUCH better than the book. This book give you the behind the scenes look at how it was made and the idea came about. It talks about all aspects of the show and how they were developed. This is a must have for all Wicked fans.
Feb 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE the musical so this book was a no-brainer as it explores behind the scenes of the musical including actors, costumes, writers and set. a must-have for Wicked fans! I borrowed it, so now, of course, I must have it!
Charlotte Stevenson
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Who can say if I've been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good
Julie Suzanne
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I picked this up after having read Maguire's Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and seeing the Broadway musical with just the intention of admiring the pictures; I'm not that into theater. But what a treat this ended up being! I read the whole thing, learning much about theater in general, getting extra literary analysis of both the original book and many of the choices made in the creation of the musical. So even though I'm not a theater-fanatic (or even theater-literate ...more
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very glad I finally had the opportunity to purchase and read this book, as I've wanted to for a long, long time. Wicked has been one of my favorite musicals since I first saw it nearly a decade ago, and this book provided a fascinating look into how the musical came to be. As someone involved in theatre, I love looking into how shows (especially shows as large as this one) are built, and this book showed so many inner workings, and pointed out so many things I never realized. It comes complete w ...more
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book tells you so much about the musical. Books like this used to be called coffee table books. This is a book you will pick up time and time again to read a different section of the book. From the creation of the musical, to the creator and director. This book tell about the actor in the first run of Wicked and their parts in the making of the wonderful Musical.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fascinating read for anyone obsessed with Wicked! (or any musical really). Tells you everything you could want to know about how it all got started and the process a musical goes through to make it on Broadway. And the pictures are AWESOME!
Kristina Moses
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: entertainment
I've seen the musical twice now and really loved all the backstage information this book gives. During the sections talking about the songs I enjoyed listening to the actual songs while reading about then. The story / screenplay at the end was so entertaining to read I forgot to eat lunch xD
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Annie K.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Annie by: Leah B
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
A well written book. Enjoyed reading it.
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