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Wicked: The Grimmerie

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  49,540 ratings  ·  282 reviews
So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Two girls quite accidentally crossed paths: one, pretty and popular; the other smart and . . . green. The story of how these two unlikely friends became Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West has made for the most spellbinding musical in years: Wicked

Wicked: The Grimmerie is the behind-the-scenes story of the hit that h
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 26th 2005 by Hachette Books
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Laurie (AFozenBookParadise) It's a behind the scenes to the broadway show so I'd say it's good for anyone who liked the show and is interested in its creation. Around 13 maybe, a…moreIt's a behind the scenes to the broadway show so I'd say it's good for anyone who liked the show and is interested in its creation. Around 13 maybe, as I think they'd be a bit more interested than a younger kid, but it depends on the kid. There are a lot of beautiful illustrations and photographs from the show so one does not necessarily have to read or read all of it.(less)

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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
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
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
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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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.
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
Fern Adams
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is all about how Wicked became a musical. It contains information on the original Wizard of Oz, Wicked book and then how this has been transformed for the stage. Costume, lighting, lyrics, dancing and script it all covered.
I did like this book and am a fan of the musical however this was one of the first books made when books about musicals started taking off and it is interesting to compare to more recent musical books such as Hamilton which contain a lot more information and is far
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. ...more
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: musicals
I got tickets to go see Wicked for Christmas and so I wanted to find the book, right? I freaking love these kinds of books but this one was...not my favorite, mostly for two reasons: (1) THERE WERE NO FOOTNOTES! Like, what? That's why I get these books! For the footnotes! and (2) the script wasn't actually all written out. Like instead of the whole script it would just say something like "Galinda and Elphaba confront each other. They argue". I hated that because I needed the I don't ...more
Rosanna Threakall
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
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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! ...more
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Listen, I love Wicked. Does that make me basic? Maybe. It doesn't change the fact that I've seen it multiple times and that it's one of the most prominent soundtracks on my musicals playlist.
This is a lovely collector's item. Reading this in 2021 is leaving such a huge, gaping hole in my heart where live musical theatre used to reside. Can I finally go back to the West End please?
That being said, I'll have to give it 4 stars just because:
a) the script isn't printed in its entirety? Why not? Gi
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've ever read.....WICKED IS BETTER THAN HAMILTON ...more
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
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!
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.
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Laurie (AFozenBookParadise)
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This book is gorgeous!!!!


I absolutely loved this. There was a lot of insight into all the effort that went into making this play. It is beautifully designed and gorgeous to look at. The colour scheme was great and I found myself forgetting time just staring at the large pictures and maps and reading every little detail. So much effort when into making this amazing and it shows.

There were so many people interviewed on dif
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
Anna Scales
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for any wicked fan! It includes behind-the-scenes information like how elphaba flies, the process of making her green, and Glinda’s bubble! It also includes really cool pictures and some early costume ideas. There is also a really interesting section where the OBC and other cast members (from various tours I think) talk about their experience playing their characters and how they each put unique spins on the role. The only downside of the book is the price (I received it as ...more
Jillian Leff
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
While the interviews with the artists involved were really insightful and interesting, the text around it (e.g. the intros) are written like Theatre for Dummies. You'd think a person who bought a book devoted solely to the in-depth behind the scenes of a musical would know a little bit about what theatre is. This author didn't think so.

Additionally, I thought the full script was in here. Instead, it's abridged - taking out almost all of the scenes and script that the book spends half the time pr
Charles Bill McKenny
Jul 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Better than the typical book that accompanies a musical. Lots of backstage stories, Making of... type information. Many different points of view. Beautiful book with lots of great pictures and graphics. You'll love this if you are fan of the show and if you are not, you probably won't be reading this. Actually it will give you a deeper appreciation of what the creators were trying to achieve with the show. ...more
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant book for fans of the musical, and a varied layout of pages within. It covers all the ground you would expect, the only reason I have given it four stars is that it's very occasionally repetitive, and sometimes the graphics give the sense of trying to fill the extra pages rather than being crammed full of information. ...more
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any fan of the musical Wicked. The very beginning wasn’t super interesting to me, about the history of the Wizard of Oz, but I absolutely loved hearing about the creative process behind the show. It made me fall in love with it all over again and gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. I even had to buy the soundtrack again!
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