Chistery Nikko
Biographical information



The Vinkus


The Wizard of Oz (in the musical)
The Wicked Witch of the West

Behind the scenes
First appearance

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (1995)

Last appearance

Out of Oz (2011)


(originally) Manuel Herrera

Chistery Nikko is the first and head of the flying monkeys in Gregory Maguire's novel series, the Wicked Years, and the subsequent musical of the same name. In the novels, he is found by Elphaba in the mountains in the Vinkus and is taught to speak. Elphaba sews wings onto him, thus giving him the ability to fly and teaches him how to speak. In the musical, he is first seen as a Monkey servant serving the Wizard of Oz, but after being freed, he and his fellow monkeys enter the service of Elphaba.

In the NovelsEdit


Chistery was a snow monkey found by Elphaba when she is traveling with Liir to Kiamo Ko. She then teaches him to repeat and make sounds. In the first book of the Wicked Years it is unknown if he is a Animal, or an animal.

Son of a WitchEdit

Chistery is found by Liir after his return to Kiamo Ko. The Monkey has been taking care of Nanny during the absence of the other humans. Chistery, as a flying Animal, is asked by a dying Swan princess to take her place at a Conference of the Birds that she had called; however, Liir instead decides to take her place.

A Lion Among MenEdit

Out of OzEdit

In the musicalEdit


Susan Hilferty's sketch of Chistery.

Originally, Chistery is the Wizard's head servant. The Wizard and Madame Morrible trick Elphaba into reciting a spell in the Grimmerie which causes Chistery and the other monkeys to sprout unnatural wings, making them efficient scouts for the Wizard's endeavor to abolish intelligent Animals in Oz. Elphaba later appeals to the Wizard and convinces him to release Chistery and the others; however, their relationship quickly collapses, and the monkeys side with Elphaba. At one point, Elphaba displays frustration with Chistery when her efforts to teach him how to speak are proving futile. After Elphaba seemingly dies, Chistery hands her keepsake bottle to Glinda while stuttering "Miss ... Miss Glinda", signifying Elphaba's legacy.
Wizards Throne Room Broadway

The flying monkeys being freed in the Wizard's Throne Room in Wicked

In the musical he is credited as an ensemble role as opposed to a principal role. In the original Broadway production of the musical he was portrayed by Manuel Herrera, and originally in London by Simon Hardwick.

The monkeys are Elphaba's minions and are always somewhere close by Other performers to take on the role include Phillip Speath, Jonathan Warren and Sam J. Cahn (Broadway), Jonathan Richard Sandler and Mark Shunkey (Broadway/1st National Tour); Peter John Chursin (1st National Tour/Los Angeles); Kristopher Mitchell and Matthew Boulton (London); Gregory Haney (Chicago/2nd National Tour/San Francisco); Ryan Sheppard (Melbourne/Sydney); Matt Jones (Oberhausen); Nuno Azevedo (Scheveningen) and Harrison Clark (UK/Ireland tour).


Broadway ProductionEdit

  • Mark Shunkey
  • Manuel Herrera
  • Raymond Joel Matsamura
  • Christopher King

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Todd Anderson
  • Dominic Guidici
  • Spencer Jones
  • Kevin Jordan
  • Jonathan Warren
  • Kevin Jordan
  • Brian Wanee

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