"People who claim that they're evil are usually no worse than the rest of us. It's people who claim that they're good, or anything better than the rest of us, that you have to be wary of."
— Boq, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Boq (also known as Moq and Bog in other productions) is the name of the Munchkinlander man who was Elphaba and Glinda's friend during their time at Shiz University in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.

In the musical Wicked, he's the man who became the Tin Woodman and is Nessarose's love interest, however in the novel, he has little to no interaction with her.


In the NovelEdit

In Maguire's novel, Boq has very little interaction with Nessarose, and while he does fancy Galinda in an unrequited love, he does not become involved with either girl. Boq narrates a whole section in the Gilikin volume of the novel. However, Boq befriends Elphaba, as they were childhood playmates, and assists her in doing research for Doctor Dillamond. Boq becomes friends with Crope, Tibbett, and Avaric, although he appears to be jealous of Avaric, due to his good looks, charm, and money. His infatuation with Galinda, which never comes to more than a brief kiss, gradually lifts and they become friends, as Boq states he was in love with Galinda, not Glinda. After Ama Clutch dies, he attended the funeral, along with the Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, Crope, and Tibbet. After the funeral he heads to the Philosophy Club with the others. (excluding Glinda and Elphaba)

Boq eventually marries Milla, a fellow classmate and childhood sweetheart. The two wed and return to Boq's Munchkindland farm. It is often stated how Milla attempts suicide, as she is now of a lower social standing. Elphaba encounters Boq not long after Nessarose's funeral, as she inquires after Dorothy Gale, and again after her assault on Madame Morrible.


Sam Lupton and Gina Beck as Boq and Galinda in the London production

In the MusicalEdit

In the musical, Boq is the love interest of Elphaba's younger sister, Nessarose
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Christopher Fitzgerald as Boq with Idina Menzel as Elphaba

(who would later become The Wicked Witch of the East). However, the feeling is not mutual; Boq only became involved with Nessarose in hopes of impressing Galinda, on whom he truly has his heart set. Unfortunately, Galinda has so little regard for him that she cannot remember his name (calling him Bick). When Nessarose eventually becomes the governor of Munchkinland, she uses her power to enslave Boq as her personal servant, given that he is a Munchkin. When Boq confesses his love for Glinda, Nessarose becomes extremely angry with him. At that point, she attempts to casts a spell on him from Elphaba's spell book, but mispronounces it. This causes Boq's heart to shrink until it is completely gone. In a desperate attempt to save Boq's life, Elphaba casts a spell on Boq who falls asleep. Boq awakens as the Tin Woodsman as Elphaba disappears. In her fear, Nessarose blames his new form on Elphaba, saying she did it purposely and that she had tried to stop Elphaba. Unlike in the novel, Boq plays a considerably condensed role in the stage production. He later took part in the witch hunt against Elphaba as the Tin Woodman, full bent on killing Elphaba for both capturing Dorothy and turning him into the Tin Woodman. This puts him in a slightly more negative light, as even though she saved him, he became angered that she had saved his life.

In the Wonderful Wizard of OzEdit

In L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Boq has a very small role. When Dorothy leaves Munchkinland Dorothy stays at his house where she has big feast and spends the night. This is mentioned briefly in the book Wicked when Elphaba tracks Dorothy to Boq's house.


Susan Hilferty's sketch of Boq's Wicked Witch of the East costume.


Solos (In A Group Number)Edit



Broadway ProductionEdit

Michael and Catherine

Michael Wartella and Catherine Charlebois as Boq and Nessarose

  • Christopher Fitzgerald (2003-2005)
  • Randy Harrison (2004; temporary)
  • Jeffrey Kuhn (2005)
  • Robb Sapp (2005-2006)
  • Logan Lipton (2006-2008)
  • Ben Liebert (2008)
  • Alex Brightman (2008-2010)
  • Etai BenSholmo (2010-2012)
  • Taylor Trensch (2012; temporary)
  • Etai Benshlomo (2012)
  • Jesse JP Johnson (2013; temporary)
  • F. Michael Haynie (2013) 
  • Michael Wartella (2013-2014)
  • Robin De Jesus (2014-2016)
  • Zachary Noah Piser (2016-2017)
  • Jye Frasca (2017-Current)

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Rick Desloge
  • Daniel Switzer
  • Larkin Bogan (Current)
  • Daniel Quadrino

1st National TourEdit

  • Logan Lipton (2005-2006)
  • Kirk McDonald (2006)
  • Josh Lamon (2006-2007)
  • Brad Weinstock (2007-2008)
  • Ben Liebert (2008-2010)
  • Justin Brill (2010-2013)
  • Jesse J.P. Johnson (2013)
  • Etai BenShlomo (2014-2015)
  • Andy Mientus

Chicago ProductionEdit

  • Telly Leung (2005-2006)
  • Adam Fleming (2006-2007)
  • Stanton Nash (2007-2008)
  • Ted Ely (2008-2009)

West End (London) ProductionEdit

  • James Gillan (2006-2008)
  • Jeremy Legat (2008-2009)
  • Alex Jessop (2009-2010)
  • George Ure (2010-2011)
  • Ben Scott (2011)
  • Adam Pettigrew (2011-2012)
  • Sam Lupton (2012-2015)
  • Daniel Hope (2015-2016)
  • Idriss Kargbo (2016-2017)
  • Jack Lansbury (2017-Present)

Los Angeles ProductionEdit

  • Adam Wylie (2007)
  • Michael Drolet (2008)
  • Eddy Rioseco (2008-2009)

Stuttgart ProductionEdit

  • Stefan Stara (2007-2009)
  • Stephan Luethy (2009-2010)

Melbourne ProductionEdit


Michael Wartella as Boq

  • Anthony Callea (2008-2009)
  • Stuart Fisher (2009)

San Francisco ProductionEdit

  • Eddy Rioseco (2009-2010)
  • Etai BenShlomo (2010)

2nd National TourEdit

  • Ted Ely (2009)
  • Zach Hanna (2009-2011)
  • Dan Pacheco (2011-2012)
  • Michael Wartella (2012-2013)
  • Alex Wyse (2013-2014)
  • Lee Slobotkin (2014-2015)
  • Sam Seferian (2015-2016)
  • Andy Mientus (2016-2017)
  • Robin De Jesus (2017-2018)
  • Cole Doman (2018-Present)

Australian Tour ProductionEdit

  • Anthony Callea
  • James D. Smith (Final)
  • Edward Grey

Oberhausen ProductionEdit

  • Ben Daramain (2010-2011)

Scheveningen ProductionEdit

  • Niels Jacobs (2011-2013)

Scheveningen UnderstudiesEdit

  • Martijn Vogel (2011-2012)
  • Nuno Azevedo
  • James Cook

Helsinki Production (non-replica)Edit

  • Antti Lang (2010-Present)

Copenhagen Production (non-replica)Edit

  • Kim Hammelsvang Henriksen (2011-Present)

Asian TourEdit

  • James D. Smith (Original)

Mexico City Edit

  • Adam Sadwing (Original)  

Mexico City UnderstudiesEdit

  • Sebastian Treviño  

Brazilian Production Edit

  • Bruno Fraga
  • Matheus Paiva (Understudy)
  • Jessé Scarpellini (Understudy)
  • Sandro Conte (Understudy)

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