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Kerry Ellis (Elphaba) and Andy Mace (Dr. D) in the London Production

Doctor Dillamond
is a Goat who has the ability to speak and interact with humans. He is a professor at Shiz University. Because he was one of the only Animal professor at Shiz ("Animals" starting with a capital letter, like "Goat", are sentient beings), he is subjected to discrimination from his students and colleagues. However, Elphaba takes a liking to him. Doctor Dillamond causes the character of Galinda to change her name to simply "Glinda," because he cannot pronounce the first syllable. 

LifeEdit

In the NovelEdit

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Susan Hilferty's sketch of Dr. Dillamond's costume.

In Maguire's novel, Doctor Dillamond is a Life Science teacher at Shiz (the school where Elphaba and Galinda/Glinda attend). He was once widely revered for his knowledge and experience, but at the time of the novel, the Wizard is putting forth a series of laws that restrict the rights of Animals, and these have greatly diminished the Doctor's influence. Doctor Dillamond is assisted by Elphaba and a Munchkin named Boq in researching and conducting some controversial experiments to discover the biological differences between humans, animals and sentient Animals, with the hope of proving that, since humans and Animals are the same, the Wizard's Banns have no scientific basis. Eventually, another character, Ama Clutch finds him dead in his office, his throat having been slit. Ama Clutch later claims that the Goat was murdered by Grommetik, the mechanical servant of headmistress Madame Morrible. However, this statement is never conclusively proven. Morrible claims that Dillamond fell on a broken magnifying lens, and that Grommetik, finding him lying on the ground, had merely been checking for a pulse when Ama Clutch arrived. Elphaba remains certain that Dillamond was murdered, and continues his experiments later in life. His experiments, in fact, are actually the reason that she goes to see the Wizard in the first place.

In the MusicalEdit

In the musical adaptation of Maguire's work, Doctor Dillamond teaches History as opposed to Life Science. He is the unfortunate victim of the The Wizard's attempts at controlling the Animal population - especially those that he fears might be teaching subversive or anti-Wizard material. Arrested and removed from his position at Shiz University, Dillamond is transformed into a regular, non-speaking, non-communicating goat. This confirms his earlier worries expressed in the song "Something Bad," in which he tells Elphaba about rumors of Animals losing their powers of speech.

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Doctor Dillamond and Elphaba in "Something Bad" in the Helsinki production

When Elphaba discovers Dillamond as a prisoner that can no longer speak, she resists the Wizard's offer to set the Ozians straight about her reputation, an enormous step in her transformation into the Wicked Witch of the West.

Glinda says during the show that she will continue Elphaba's work. This does imply that Doctor Dillamond could be turned back to normal.

SongsEdit

Solos (In A Duet)Edit

PortrayersEdit

Broadway ProductionEdit

  • William Youmans (2003-2005)
  • Sean McCourt (2005-2006)
  • Steven Skybell (2006-2008)
  • Timothy Britten Parker (2008-2010)
  • Tom Flynn (2010-2013)
  • John Schiappa (2013-2014)
  • K. Todd Freeman (2014-Present) 
  • Timothy Britten Parker (Upcoming)

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Kevin McMahon
  • Christopher Russo

1st National TourEdit

  • Timothy Britten Parker (2005-2006)
  • K. Todd Freeman (2006-2007)
  • Tom Flynn (2007-2008, 2010)
  • Paul Slade Smith (2008-2011)
  • Clifton Davis (2012-2013)
  • Jud Williford (2013-2014)
  • Tom Flynn (2014-Present)  

Chicago ProductionEdit

  • Steven Skybell (2005-2006)
  • Timothy Britten Parker (2006)
  • William Youmans (2006-2007)
  • K. Todd Freeman (2007-2008, 2008-2009)
  • David DeVries (2008)

West End (London) ProductionEdit

  • Martin Ball (2006-2007)
  • Andy Mace (2007-2009)
  • David Stoller (2009-2010)
  • Julian Forsyth (2010-2011)
  • Christopher Howell (2011-Present)

Los Angeles ProductionEdit

  • Timothy Britten Parker (2007-2008)
  • David DeVries (2008)
  • Tom Flynn (2008-2009)

Stuttgart ProductionEdit

  • Michael Gunther (2007-2010)

Australian Tour ProductionEdit

  • Rodney Dobson (2008-2009)
  • Anton Berezin (2008; temporary)

San Francisco ProductionEdit

  • Tom Flynn (2009)
  • Steven Skybell (2010)
  • Paul Slade Smith (2010-Present)

2nd National TourEdit

  • David DeVries (2009-2011)
  • Martin Moran (2011)
  • Timothy Britten Parker (2011-2012)
  • Jay Russell (2012-2013)
  • Timothy Britten Parker (2013)
  • John Hillner (2013-2014)
  • Michael DeVries (Current) 

Oberhausen ProductionEdit

  • Thomas Wissman (2010-2011)

Asian Tour Edit

  • Glen Hogstrom (2011-2012)
  • Nathan Carter (2012-2013)

Scheveningen Production Edit

  • Jochem Feste Roozemond (2011-2013)

Scheveningen UnderstudiesEdit

  • Dieter Spileers (2011-2013)
  • John ter Riet (2011-2013)

Mexico City Edit

  • Beto Torres (Original) 

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