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Wicked: The Grimmerie, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical [Hardcover]

David Cote , Joan Marcus
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Book Description

Oct. 26 2005
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 of Oz. The show has cast a spell on fans, many of whom return for second and third viewings. In 2005, the show begins an extensive tour across the United States and Canada, hitting major cities such as Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and many more. This beautifully packaged, whimsical keepsake is designed to resemble the Grimmerie, an ancient book of spells that Elphaba uses in the show. Wicked: The Grimmerie offers fans a behind-the-curtains peek at the musical, profiles of the cast and creative team, and inside stories, with full-color photographs throughout. Some of the irresistible special features include an "Ozian" glossary, spells, an illustrated family tree, and a step-by-step look at how Elphaba gets green before each show--everything fans need to relive the Broadway experience day after day.

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING Aug. 16 2011
Format:Hardcover
I love the book, the behind the scenes of Wicked is amazing. The ad was informative, the shipping was extrememly fast. I am very happy with my purchase on Amazon.ca.
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Over the years there have been many books chronicling the history of mega-hit musicals like Cats, Les Miz, Miss Saigon, Rent and others, but The Grimmerie is in a class by itself. The design alone is absolutely stunning, with tremendous detail given to each page and a completely unique overall look and style. The book's content is such that it's meant to appeal to a broad range of readers. Die-hard teenaged Wicked fanatics will enjoy things like the "Do the Elphie" step-by-step dance page, while grown-ups interested in the making of musical theatre will likely gravitate to the pages detailing how the music, sets, costumes, and storyline were crafted. This is a fantastic book to add to your collection whether you're a Wicked fan or just interested in the creation of a mega-hit Broadway musical.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So Good! April 1 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Grimmerie is an excellent book for those who love Wicked! I can see how it may bore those who do not have a specific interest in the musical itself, but for fans it is great! There is so much informations as well as lots of pictures and behind the scenes information. When I finished it I knew so much more about Wicked than I did before!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WICKED: The Grimmerie Review Oct. 29 2005
Format:Hardcover
This is a must read book for all Wicked fans! Everything about it is great from the pictures to the cover of the book. The book provides a lot of information about the musical and if you are thinking of buying it, don't think about buying it just go and buy it. There are many great pictures, designs and information about the Broadway and Tour cast and crew.This is a great piece to add to any musical or Wicked collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked: The Grimmerie Oct. 25 2005
By A. Burbach - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Finally, after months of waiting (and a whole week early!). Wicked: The Grimmerie is here. Some may be wondering if they should buy this book, and I'm here to tell you.

The Good News: The cover and design of the book is amazing. The cover looks old and worn and is even padded. The intricate designs are textured and the book is nice and heavy and thick. The inside design is incredible. Each page (printed on very heavy paper) is made to look old, worn and stained and it's wonderful to look at. As for the actual contents... wow. The production photos are brilliantly printed and include photos from the following casts: Original Broadway Cast, 2nd Broadway Cast (Jennifer Laura Thompson and Joey McIntyre), Original Tour Cast (Stephanie J. Block and Kendra Kassebaum), and the 3rd Broadway Cast (Shoshana Bean and David Ayers). There are very few new photos but there are some. Most of them are from the tour cast (most of Kendra and some of Stephanie and one small one of Carole Kane). There are many interviews with every cast member and many from Gregory Maguire (writer of Wicked the novel) and Stephen Shwartz and Winnie Holtzman (writer of script). There is a step-by-step page of how Stephanie gets green before each show. They have a page dedicated to the dance Elphaba does in "Dancing Through Life" and they teach it to us step-by-step. They have many photos of props and sets and wigs, as well as original costume and set sketches. There is a handwritten page from the book and an early version of Defying Gravity. There is commentary on each song by Mr. Shwartz and this isn't even all of it. So much information to soak up!

The Wicked News: Unlike what some people are saying, the book DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL SCRIPT. There are bits of dialogue and a lot of it is summed up in a few sentences. (The Cornfield Scene is completely gone) They cut whole scenes (which is dumb, they are all spoiler free about it, even though they talk about the same parts in interviews). I was so hoping they would make a huge deal about the script and splash the libretto with tons of photos from each scene... It's very, very disappointing, yes. Very. But... ah, well. They also didn't include Elphaba's spells like they said they would. There is also a sad lack of production photos. There are so many wonderful photos and they don't use NEARLY as much as they should have... You should also know they don't include the 4th Broadway cast (Megan Hilty, Ben Vereen) or ANY of the Chicago cast (Ana Gastyer and Kate Reinders)... that really bites. The Chicago sit-down cast is only mentioned and that is a shame. If you are an Original Cast fan you may be slightly disappointed. Instead of using only the original cast photos (like the RENT "bible") they mix and match all the different casts. This would be fine except that if you are a big fan or the Chicago cast or the current Broadway cast (as of Fall 2005) you will be disappointed.

But over all, an AMAZING book. Buy it! It's a must for every Wicked fan. A MUST. This is also a wonderful gift.
36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Be Better, Could Be Worse...meh Dec 30 2005
By M. Osborn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I got this book for a good friend of mine, who, like me, is a big fan of Wicked. I'm not the candle carrying-Idina worshipping type, but I like it alot.

Anyways,

I was somewhat impressed and somewhat disappointed by the book.

Good things:

There are some great interviews, and being a fan of stage make-up techniques, the "greening of elphaba" was pretty interesting to me. Also, the book is very nicely put together, but I would say wait until it goes down to $20 or $15 before you buy it.

The Bad things:

There was a deffinate lack of new material: any big fan of Wicked has seen most of these photos before, and the information has been either read or seen on television specials. I hate to say it, but I think this was put together 'just in time for christmas' to cash in on the Wicked fans.

Summary:

I am still up in the air: I own the Lord of the Rings behind-the-scenes-book, and not only is it an interesting read, it's also a reference for costuming, make-up, special effects, ect. I find that this book is nice...but that's about it. If you want to give a nice gift to a Wicked fan, this might be what you're looking for, but if they are a HUGE fan, I think that in the long run, you'll be somewhat disappointed.

By the Way:

I've noticed a dissatisfaction with the lack of the libretto: It can be found (for free) at this website:

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and can be printed, with a laser printer, in about 7 1/2 minutes and bound in about 3 at your local Kinko's for about $5.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for Wicked lovers Sept. 21 2006
By Shanna Haymore - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I read the book and saw the Broadway Play recently, so I was dying to get my hands on the Grimmerie. I was not disappointed. The photos are fabulous and all the information is even better. If you want to know all the behind-the-scene tricks of the play, more about the characters in the play, and how it was adapted from the book, then you definately need this book. My favorite part is the script in the back of the book. As a teacher, I plan on using the story along with the music to teach my kids about personal strength, friendship, and the consequences of bullying. I LOVE this book!
20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The good and the bad Oct. 25 2005
By scott89119 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I am a HUGE fan of Wicked the musical and couldn't wait for this book to come out. When I finally got it, I was blown away by how cool the cover looked and at all the behind-the-scenes info (including the interviews with all the women who've played Elphaba). If you're getting the book for information on the genesis and success of the musical you can't do much better than this book. Unfortunately, there were hardly any new pictures, backstage or during the show, here to see. You could pretty much find any of them with ten minutes on Google, and with such a visually beautiful show as Wicked that was a major letdown for me. Also, the reviewer below is right- there is not a complete libretto here. Still, the design and production of The Grimmerie is very well done, but it just could have used a lot more rare pictures.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Bible (I give it really 4.5) Nov. 1 2005
By Ary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are a WICKED fan, this is your bible. Here are the goods:

Pros:

1. REALLY cool pictures, graphics and the cover

2. How to do the 'Elphaba' from the Oz Dust ballroom

3. How they make Elphaba green

Cons:

1. Not a full libertto (just because the book doesn't have that doesn't mean it should only get 1 star)

2. The fan letters are stupid

3. Spoilers (for when fans wh show their friends who haven't seen the show.)

Otherwise, it is my second bible. :)
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