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Elphaba Thropp
Also Known As

Elphie
Sister St. Ælphaba
Fabala
Wicked Witch of the West
Fae
Auntie
Auntie Witch
Thropp the Third Descending of the Nest Hardings

Gender

Female (Originally Born With Male Parts In (Book))

Hair color

Black

Born

Munchkinland

Family

Melena Thropp (Mother)
Wizard of Oz (Father)
Nessarose Thropp (Half-Sister)
Shell Thropp (Half-Brother In The Book)
Peerless Thropp (Great-Grandfather in the book)
Liir (Only Child & Son In The Book)
Rain ( Green Granddaughter In The Book)
Frexspar Thropp (Step Father)
Lady Partra Thropp ( Grandmother)
Romen Skarr (Grandfather)
Sopheila Thropp (Aunt)

Job

Witch

First appearance

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

Last appearance

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

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Elphaba Thropp of OzEdit

Elphaba Thropp is the green skinned protagonist in the popular book titled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by author Gregory Maguire published in 1995.

Elphaba is also the main character of the very successful Broadway Musical of the same name. Rather book or stage adaptation the story itself is a much more mature version of the first American Fairytale; The Wizard of Oz, which combines many key elements from both the iconic 1939 movie by MGM and the original book titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by children's author L. Frank Baum published in 1900. The story is not seen through the eyes of Baum's original Oz protagonist, the Kansas farm girl known as Dorothy Gale, who is neither the hero nor villain here. Dorothy is just a mere outsider thrown into a world she knows nothing about.

Instead, everything that happens in the magical land of Oz revolves around the social outcast Elphaba, aka "Elphie". The plot follows her life journey, focussing on her thoughts, trials, tribulations and eventual decent into Wickedness. Despite being the protagonist to the reader of the novel or viewer of the play, Elphaba eventually becomes viewed as the antagonist who rebels against the repression in Oz. Her strength to stand up for what she believes in leads to her being viewed by many people throughout Oz as "Wicked," thus, ultimately leading to her tragic demise. Despite her sad fate, and tarnished reputation due to the matter of Dorothy, Elphaba becomes known by many others as an underground legend and iconic activist for Animal rights in Oz long after her tragic death.

Author Gregory Maguire payed homage to Baum and formulated Elphaba's unique name out of L. Frank Baum's name, taking the phonetic pronunciation of his initials: hence, L.F.B became El-pha-ba.

The Orgins of Elphaba Thropp of OzEdit

Novel...

...she was up and running in an ungainly way, and her three goofy companions followed in a mounting panic. As the first few drops of rain fell, the Witch caught sight, not of the girl's face, but the shoes. Her sister's shoes! They sparkled, even in the darkening afternoon. They sparkled like yellow diamonds in the sun, embers of blood, and thorny stars... -introduction to Wicked (1995)

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Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba Thropp

Elphaba Thropp was born in Rush Margins, a rural area of Munchkinland in the Land of Oz. Unlike any other Ozian, she was mysteriously born with florescent bright green skin. In addition to the green skin, she has a strange scientifically inexplicable allergy towards H20, which causes it to painfully burn her to the bone like acid. Since she cannot bathe like normal people, Elphaba must sponge bathe herself with a special type of liquid oil to keep clean instead. Regardless of her bizzare skin condition, Elphaba seems to be a very normal young lady in all other aspects. She is intelligent, ambitious, an independent thinker and a tomboy at heart. Due to her family's noble blood, she is tall, unlike most diminutive Munchkinlanders.

Elphaba was the biological daughter of Melena Thropp , the Thropp 2nd Descending and 2nd heiress to the title of Eminent Thropp, and of Oscar Zoroaster Diggs, who would one day become The Wizard of Oz. However, years before he took over all of Oz and had the Emerald City built, Diggs seduced and drugged Melena with a green "Miracle Elixir" and so Melena did not recall the experience and Elphaba grew up believing her stepfather, the Unionist miniister Frexspar, was her biological father. It is hinted that the green potion is what caused Elphaba's skin condition and that her Earthly lineage is what allows her to read the Grimmeire, due to Oz having a different writing system. This eventually allowed Elphaba to practice the book's magic spells that no one else in Oz could understand.

Early LifeEdit

Elphaba would only live in Rush Margins for the first couple of years of her life. Shortly after her birth, Melena called on the aid of her childhood nanny to help care for Elphaba. When Elpahaba was a toddler, her parents were acquainted with Turtle Heart, a Quadling glassblower, who would later become lover to both. When Elphaba was about three, her family was apparently run of Rush Margins and forced to flee to her mother's childhood home of Colwen Grounds, where the glass blower named Turtle Heart, who was the lover of both Elphaba's parents was sacrificed to Clock of The Dragon to relieve a drought on the same day that Melena gave birth to Nessarose. The guilt over Turtle Heart's death led Frex and Melena to become missionaries to Quadling Country. When Elphaba was eight, her mother died giving birth to Shell, and Nanny took on the role of mother to the Thropp children. Elphaba later relates that she used to sing to the converts her father visited. At the age of 15, she is accepted to Crage Hall, the female college of Shiz

Shiz UniversityEdit

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Elphaba with Dr. Dillamond

After being accepted to Crage Hall, Elphaba is paired off to room with Galinda , a beautiful but spoiled girl of noble blood. At first Galinda is repulsed and uncomfortable around Ephaba, due both to her green skin and lack of social standing. Elphaba slowly grows to like Galinda and concludes that she isn't such an unpleasant roommate after all, one who is more crafty and gifted than she is credited for. Elphaba also meets Boq, a former playmate from Rush Margins who soon becomes a close friend. During the first summer, Elphaba works as an assistant to Dr. Dillamond, a Goat professor who is trying to find the difference between Animals and humans. She assisted by Boq, and Boq's friends, Tibbett and Crope, who help her get information from Briscoe Hall's library. During this time Nessarose shows up to attend school with everyone else as well. And to reward his daughter for attending school, Frex sends her a speacial gift which is an authentic pair of dazzling bejewled handmade slippers made of glass beads.

At the end of the summer, Elphaba travels to visit Galinda at her summer home, only to discover it to be a prank by one of Galinda's friends. At the start of the second year, Elphaba's life turns dramatically when Dillamond is murdered and Glinda's chaperone, Ama Clutch, is incapacitated, forcing Elphaba to call Nanny to replace her, and Nessarose to begin school there early. The accident also brings Elaphaba closer to Galinda (or Glinda as she is now known) and allows Elpahab to form a circle of friends. Elphaba continues to believe Dillamond was murdered, despite official claims he died accidently, and this is confirmed by Ama Clutch on her deathbed. After Clutch is buried, Madame Morrible, the headmistress of Crage Hall, calls Elphaba, Glinda and Nessarose to her office and offers them to the chance of becoming Adepts of Magic, who would serve the Wizard, though she casts a spell on them so that they will not remember the offer until she speaks to them again. After this, Elphaba takes Gllinda and goes to Oz's imperial capital called Emerlad City to show Dillamond's work to him. After a disappointing meeting, she parts ways with Glinda, telling her she will not return to Crage Hall, and later becomes a member of the resistance against the Wizard.

City LifeEdit

Five years later, Elphaba is a fully grown woman and resistance member of the Emerald City. Even though the majority of the city is prosperous and beautiful, consisting of elegant marble palaces decorated with real emeralds and filled with attractive gardens, Elphaba lives in an abandoned building in a rather isolated section of the city. Her home is in a neighborhood that is considered the slums, where the residents are mostly prostitutes, pimps, thieves and drug dealers/addicts.

One day Elphaba unexpectedly runs into Fiyero, an old friend from college. She tries to avoid him, but he catches her and they begin to meet in secret, which eventually becomes a love affair in which they both fall deeply in love. The secret relationship lasts for several months. On Lurlinmas Eve, she is assigned to assassinate Madame Morribel, but fails. At the same time, her apartment is raided and FIyero is brutally killed.

Mauntery LifeEdit

Severely traumatized by the murder of her lover, Elphaba has a mental breakdown and as a result she stops speaking entirely. She eventually makes her way to a mauntery (monastic convent). She falls into a deep sleep which lasts for a year. During this time, she gives birth to her son, Liir. though she is never told about this and would never realize it. After recovering, she works as a maunt under the name of Sister Saint Aelphaba and takes a vow of silence. While owrking with dying patients, she meets the dying Tibbett, who encourages her to speak again and live her life, and whose death also propells her to leave the convent.

Kiamo KoEdit

Elphaba sets off for Kiamo Ko to seek forgiveness for the death of Fiyero from his wife, Sarima, who welcomes her and allows her to stay at Kiamo Ko along with Liir, who the maunts had sent along with Elphaba. She also introduces Elphaba to her sisters and three children . On the journey to Kiamo Ko, Elphaba encounters a number of animals, including an orphaned snow monkey who she calls Chistery and a wolf-dog called Killyjoy. Though Elphaba had only intended to stay at Kiamo Ko until she received Sarima's forgiveness, Sarima refuses to listen to her story and she resigns herself to living in the castle indefinitely. As Elphaba refuses to give her name, Sarima calls her 'Auntie,' although her children end up calling her Auntie Witch behind her back a name she eventually gives in to, even though she resents it.

While living at Kiamo Ko, Elphaba discovers the Grimmerie (a book containing vast magical knowledge) in the attic of the castle. Elphaba begins the study the book and practice magic. She begins to realize she has latent magical ability, having frozen a lake to save Chistery and made an icicle fall with her mind.

One day, troops led by Commander Cherrystone come to Kiamo Ko, claiming they are an on an exploration mission, though Elphaba suspects they have more sinister motives. One day, she sees Fiyero's daughter, Nor, riding on the broom she was given by the maunts and begins to leanr to ride it herself. With the broom, she pays a visit to her family in Colwen Grounds, where Frex proposes that she and Nessarose work together to rule Munchkinland, now that it had seceeded from Oz. However, she rejects the proposal and returns to Kiamo Ko, only to discover everyone but Nanny (who had come to live there after Nessarose's ascension) and Liir had been captured and taken away. She then makes it her mission to save them.

The Matter of DorothyEdit

Seven years after the cruel kidnap of the Tigelaars, Elphaba is still working to free the captive royals. She has also used the Grimemrie to turn Chistery and his offspring into the flying monkeys. One day she receives word that a little girl by the name of Dorothy Gale, who is accompanied by a small mangy pooch whom she calls Toto, has unexpectedly come from another dimension/world by a great whirlwind. The house they were aloft in has crash-landed in the very heart of Munchkinland, dropping right on top of Nessarose who is now known as the Wicked Witch of the East, and kills her by accident. Elphaba finally arrives in Munchkinland, where she sees her father and Galinda again. Galinda goes by simply "Glinda" now and tells her about Dorothy and explains that she gave her Nessarose's beautiful enchanted slippers as protection to keep the girl and her pet away from any possible harm and to get her out of the way. This outrages Elphaba, who is determined to get them back as it is the only thing that she will have left of her sister. Then Elphaba and Glinda have a falling out and as a result they never speak again. Shortly before Nessarose's funeral, she meets with The Wizard, who reveals he has Nor and asks for the Grimmerie to be given to him. Elphaba refuses unless he gives up Nor, but he claims she is his protection against her.

After this, Elphaba sets out on her flying broomstick to find Dorothy who is oblivious that the Witch is after her. Dorothy is now following the yellow brick road and having her own set of adventures while she is on her way to see the Wizard. Elphaba then meets up with Boq once more and they discuss the matter of Dorothy who spent the night at Boq's estate when passing through Munchkinland. Eventually Elphaba finds Dorothy who is by this point accompanied by three odball companions, a scarecrow a tin woodman and a lion. She eavesdrops to the group gossip about her when she sees her sisters shoes sparkling on Dorothy's feet. Just as Elphaba attempts to retrieve them it begins to rain, thus letting Dorothy get away while Elphaba takes cover under a tree to avoid contact with water. Afterwards Elphaba decides to go to Shiz with the intention of killing Madame Morrible. Sadly, Morrible has already died and so Elphaba could only bash the dead woman's head in with a marble trophy. Nevertheless, she claims to be Morrible's killer while paying a visit to Avaric, though she is not believed until much later. On the way to Kiamo Ko, she meets the crew of the Clock, who put on a show revealing Elphaba's true parentage, though she does not believe it to be true.

Back in Kiamo Ko, she finds the Miracle Elixir in Nanny's posessions ans begins to drink it. However, she begins to have strange dreams and begins to drink a potion to avoid sleeping. However, the lack of sleep and paranoia over the Wizard starts to take a toll on her mental health. When she learns Dorothy is on her way, being sent by the Wizard himself, Elphaba notices the girl is still accompanied by the three oddball comrades from earlier, who are helping Dorothy on her task to kill the Wicked Witch of the West in exchange for Dorothy to be sent back to her native homeland. Since the people in Oz are a superstitious bunch, no one in Oz dares to harm Dorothy due to the meaning of her name which means "Goddess of Gifts" and her coincidently having the same last name as the Wizard's soldiers known as the "Gale Force". Added with the fact she also wears Nessrose's shoes, this makes Dorothy nearly untouchable.

However, Elphaba believes the scarecrow may indeed be Fiyero in a costume, coming back to her in a disguise. It also could be Fiyero's spirit inside, possessing the scarecrow and giving it life. To find out Elphaba then immediately sends out her animals to try to lead Dorothy to the castle. However, Elphabla's attempt backfires and all her pets are killed except the flying monkeys, who bring Dorothy and The Lion. After a uncomfortable and disasterous meal, Elphaba pulls Dorothy into a tower in the castle and demands the girl to give her the slippers, but the pair are somehow magically locked on Dorothy's feet, most likely due to Glinda's protection spell to keep them from falling into the wrong hands. In the middle of the confrontation, Elphaba becomes stunned by Dorothy's honest pleas for forgiveness, which was what Elphaba never got the chance to do with Sarima.

In a state of psychological defeat, Elphaba accidently sets her own robes on fire by not paying attention to her surroundings. A frightened Dorothy screams and quickly grabs a bucket near by that is filled with collecting rain water. Dorothy throws the water at a panicking Elphaba to put out the fire and save the Witch but instead it ultimately kills her as she melts away before Dorothy's very eyes.

The novel ends with the Author stating that there is no happy ending for a Witch, as no one mourns the "Wicked".

Gone But Not ForgottenEdit

This bucket splash connects to the fable of Saint Aelphaba, for whom Elphaba is named after, who was said to disappear beyond a waterfall, and never return. This in turn ties Elphaba to the stories Sarima tells her children about a wicked witch who disappears into a cave. At the end of the story, the children always ask if the witch ever comes out, to which Sarima replies "not yet". At the end of the book, this dialogue is repeated, suggesting that Elphaba will eventually rise again. Just before being absorbed into the Grimmerie in A Lion Among Men, the oracle known as Yackle also claims that "She's coming back-", although to whom this refers is never made explicitly clear. In interviews, Maguire has stated that a witch may die but will always come back, no matter what. This very well hints that Elphaba is the subject of Yackle's prophecy. Though, it is likely the prophecy was referring to the long lost Ozma, who returns in the final book. However, in the final book, Nanny claims to have seen Elphaba the other day and Glinda is freed from her jail sentence by someone who she calls "wicked" and who she says "took her time". However, thiss could easily be Elphaba's granddaughter, Rain, who inherited her green skin.

In the Musical Edit

Act IEdit

Elphaba Thropp, the daughter of the governor of Munchkinland, who is ostracized for her electric-green skin attends the university of Shiz in the magical land of Oz. When Elphaba arrives she is mercilessly shunned for being different. Soon She meets Galinda Upland, the rich and spoiled girl who becomes her roomate. The two young girls take an immediate dislike and loathe for each other. Not even Elphaba knows why she is green but it is explained that Elphaba was born with green skin because her mother drank green elixir on the night Elphaba was conceived. In a moment of anger, trying to help her sister Nessarose, Elphaba reveals an innate magical talent, which impresses Madame Morrible, the "Head  Shiztress" of Shiz; she notes that Elphaba's talents may be of use to the Wizard of Oz, and promises to ask him for an audience. Galinda and Elphaba, meanwhile, espouse their mutual loathing in a duet (what is this feeling).

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Elphaba at Shiz

Elphaba meets Dr. Dillamond,  the Goat that teaches History at Shiz. He confides in Elphaba that things in Oz are not what they seem to be; something is causing the Animals of Oz to lose their powers of speech and become animals(something bad).

Galinda, while preparing for a party arranged by a carefree student named Fiyero, discovers a black pointed hat in a box and gives it to Elphaba as a “present”; Elphaba arrives wearing the hat, only to be ridiculed. Defiant, she proceeds to dance alone and without musical accompaniment. Feeling guilty, Galinda joins her on the dance floor, marking the start of a new friendship between the two. After the dance, Galinda and Elphaba talk in their room; Galinda decides to give her new friend a makeover and to make her (Popular ).

The next day,  Ozian officials take away Doctor Dillamond. The new history teacher arrives with a caged lion cub (who will turn out to be the Cowardly Lion) as the subject of an in-class experiment, revealing that Animals that are kept in cages never will learn how to speak. Outraged, Elphaba's magical abilities show themselves, and she and Fiyero are able to rescue the cub themselves. The two realize that they may have feelings for each other, but Fiyero leaves, embarrassed. Elphaba takes refuge under a bridge and states that it would be impossible for someone like Fiyero to have feelings for someone like her (I'm Not That Girl ). It begins to rain, and Madame Morrible finds her and announces that she has been granted an audience with the Wizard. Morrible stops the rain, in order to keep Elphaba from getting too wet, announcing that weather is her specialty. At the train station, Galinda and Fiyero see Elphaba off to the Emerald City. In an attempt to impress Fiyero, Galinda announces that she will change her name to "Glinda" in honor of Doctor Dillamond's persistent mispronunciation. Fiyero seems not to notice, focusing his attention instead on Elphaba, and Elphaba, feeling bad for Glinda, invites her along to see the Wizard.

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Defying Gravity

After a day of sightseeing in the Emerald City, Elphaba and Glinda meet the Wizard. Eschewing the special effects that he employs for the benefit of most visitors, he invites Elphaba to join him. As a test, he asks that Elphaba give his monkey servant, Chistery, the ability to fly using the Grimmerie, an ancient book of spells. Elphaba demonstrates an innate understanding of the lost language, and successfully gives Chistery wings. Showing her how powerful she really is, the Wizard reveals a cage full of winged monkeys, and remarks that they will make good spies to report any subversive Animal activity. Realizing that she has been used and that the Wizard has no power of his own, Elphaba runs away with the Grimmerie, pursued by the palace guards.

Elphaba and Glinda run into the tallest tower, where they hear Madame Morrible declaring to all of Oz that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch" and is to be distrusted. Elphaba enchants a broomstick to fly and tries to convince Glinda to join her in her cause, but Glinda cannot resist the call of popularity and refuses. Leaving Glinda behind, Elphaba flies off, promising to fight the Wizard with all of her power and Defy Gravity (Defying Gravity )

Act IIEdit

A few years pass, and Elphaba's exploits have earned her the title "The Wicked Witch of the West". Elphaba arrives at the governor's residence in Munchkinland seeking refuge; Nessarose, now the governess, criticizes Elphaba for not using her new-found powers to help her sister. Guilty, Elphaba enchants Nessarose's jeweled shoes, enabling her to walk. Boq, Nessarose's servant, is summoned and reveals that his affection for Nessarose was put on and his heart lies with Glinda. Furious, Nessarose miscasts a spell from the Grimmerie, accidentally causing Boq's heart to shrink. While Elphaba attempts to save him, Nessarose reflects on how her obsession with Boq has led her to oppress the Munchkins. Elphaba saves Boq by turning him into the Tin Woodman; horrified, Nessarose lays the blame with Elphaba.

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Elphaba with the Wizard

Elphaba returns to the Wizard's palace in order to free the rest of the winged monkeys. The Wizard attempts to regain her favor by agreeing to set them free. Upon discovering a now-speechless Doctor Dillamond among the monkeys, Elphaba rejects his offer and attempts to escape, but runs into Fiyero. Confirming his true love for Elphaba, he runs off with her.

Glinda, in a fit of jealousy, instructs Madame Morrible and the Wizard of Oz to spread a rumor about Elphaba's sister. They both agree a rumor is not enough, and once Glinda is gone, Madame Morrible decides a "change in the weather" would suffice.

In the middle of the woods, Elphaba and Fiyero profess their love for each other. They are interrupted when Elphaba hears strange noises and sees houses flying through the air. She leaves, and goes off to find her sister.

She arrives in Munchkinland, to meet Dorothy Gale and Toto as the 1939 The Wizard of Oz movie implies. Once Dorothy is gone, Glinda falls to her knees and places flowers near where Nessa had been crushed by the house.

(In a few versions of the play, Dorothy makes one single appearance. At the beginning of the second act, Dorothy is actually seen with Toto skipping off the stage now wearing Nessarose's shoes.)

Suddenly Elphaba appears, and soon finds out that Nessa's death was no accident. She and Glinda get into a fierce fight, and the Gale Force guards intercede, grabbing Elphaba under the Wizard's commands. Elphaba can't believe Glinda would use such a trick to capture her, and Fiyero arrives, telling the guards to "let the green girl go." They do, and Fiyero convinces Elphaba to leave without him. He is taken out to a distant field, and it is implied he is beaten viciously and killed. Then placed on a pole to represent turning into the scarecrow that Dorothy Gale will soon encounter.

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Elphaba and Fiyero

Elphaba is in Kiamo Ko, Fiyero's castle, and she searches frantically through the Grimmerie trying to find a spell to help save Fiyero. She reflects on all of her past actions, and on how they have affected the people she has loved. She finally discovers that it is not worth trying to do good anymore and she is wicked.

As Elphaba yells at Dorothy who is heard crying while Elphaba looks down into a dungeon door that leads into the ground, she tells the girl to give her the slippers if she wants to see her Aunt and Uncle again. Glinda arrives at her castle to persuade her to let the little girl go and her dog, whom she incorrectly refers to as "Dodo" go as well. But Elphaba refuses and continues to harass Dorothy about the shoes. After receiving a note, she finally realizes what she has done wrong and how to fix it. She makes Glinda promise not to clear her name and to take charge in Oz, and the two confirm a true friendship. As the mob arrives at the castle, suddenly a shadow that distinctly represents Dorothy runs through all the chaos and throws a bucket of water on Elphaba, 'melting' her. Elphaba's voice is heard shrieking and her shadow then shrinks away into the floor and disappears in a cloud of smoke.

Fiyero, whom Elphaba had accidentally turned into the Scarecrow when trying to save him, opens a trapdoor in Elphaba's castle. Elphaba, very much alive, emerges and the two are happily reunited, and leave Oz forever.

Book to Musical DifferencesEdit

In the musical Wicked, Elphaba is less cynical, more likable, and far more sympathetic than the novel.

The Oz characters by L. Frank Baum known as King Pastoria and Fairy-Queen Lurline who were once the last king and Queen of Oz before the Wizard took over are both mentioned in the book as well as the baby daughter and heir to Oz's throne, princess Ozma. However, in the stage adaptation, neither character is seen nor mentioned.

Also, the Oz character by L. Frank Baum known as "Tik-Tok", the mechanical copper man of Oz who serves as Oz's Royal Army, makes a brief appearance in the book but is never mentioned nor seen in the play.

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Jemma Rix as Elphaba

counterpart. In the book, Elphaba virtually goes mad, and genuinely becomes "wicked", though understandably so; however in the musical, she tries not to hurt anyone and just wants to help the Animals and the people she cares about. Liir, Sarima and her children are not present in the musical, instead, a love triangle with Fiyero, Elphaba and Glinda is formed. The young Elphaba shows interest in sorcery as soon as her powers are revealed, as opposed to having it thrust upon her as in the book. Elphaba is explicitly shown to survive at the end, and goes to live a life beyond Oz with Fiyero, where in the book her impending resurrection is only hinted. Elphaba is also the creator of the Tin Woodman (through a spell to save Boq, who had had his heart shrunken to apparent non-existence by Nessarose), the Scarecrow (through a spell with which she attempts to save Fiyero from being tortured to death on her account) and the Cowardly Lion (the Lion Cub she rescued from the class after Doctor Dillamond's removal); in the book the first is a result of an axe bewitched by Nessarose, and the scarecrow's existence has nothing to do with Fiyero, other than her slight suspicion that he might indeed be her love coming back to find her, which just proves to be a paranoid delusion. Elphaba also has a less significant vendetta with Madame Morrible in the musical than in the book: In the novel, Elphaba relentlessly attempts to kill Morrible, but in the musical, Elphaba has virtually nothing to do with her after the conclusion of the first act. Her relationship with Glinda (called "Galinda" until she renames herself in the latter part of the first act in honor of Doctor Dillamond) is a central feature of the musical. As in the novel, the two initially despise each other, but eventually develop a strong friendship. For a while, Elphaba goes along with Glinda's attempts to make her popular, but her rebellious and revolutionary nature ultimately forces her to reject both social and political popularity in favor of doing what she knows to be right in fighting to save the Animals. Just prior to Elphaba's supposed melting, the two confess that each has been changed by their friendship: Elphaba admits that Glinda was the only friend she ever had, and Glinda replies that Elphaba was the only friend she has ever had who really mattered.
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Kerry Ellis as Elphaba

Elphaba demonstrates a natural talent in the field of sorcery early in the musical, and is selected by Madame Morrible to be tutored personally. She progresses quickly, and is eventually called before the Wizard of Oz himself, with a view to becoming his "magic Grand Vizier". However, when she learns that the Wizard is in fact a powerless fraud, Elphaba steals the Grimmerie from him and sets herself up as a rebel. In retaliation, the Wizard has Madame Morrible spread the rumor that Elphaba is a "Wicked Witch", to turn the public against her. She becomes the subject of national hatred thereafter, and her attempts to convince the people as to the Wizard's corrupt rule are regarded as slander. As more and more of her friends turn against her, Elphaba gradually comes to accept her reputation as a villain, and the supposed death of Fiyero is what finally causes her to embrace it completely. However, when she realizes that Fiyero has in fact survived, Elphaba acknowledges the mistakes she has made in her life, and decides to get a fresh start outside of Oz.

In the musical, Elphaba's aversion to water is no more than one of several ridiculous rumors started by those who fear her. Elphaba uses this to her advantage by disappearing when Dorothy throws a bucket of water at her, fooling everyone into believing she has been killed, even though she just went down a trapdoor and lives to the end.

SongsEdit

SolosEdit

Solos (In A Duet)Edit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit

OthersEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The idea for Elphaba's Act 2 dress was as if she was from the center of the Earth.
  • The fabric for Elphaba’s Wicked Witch bodice is not actually one fabric. It is as many as 20 different fabrics, cut into pieces no bigger than 3” and quilted, cut, stitched, and quilted together.
  • The ruffles in the skirt of Elphaba’s Wicked Witch dress require 40 yards of fabric to complete.
  • It takes one person 2 weeks to sew the entire Act 2 dress together.
  • The Act 2 dress is said to weigh around 25 lbs.
  • The Act 2 dress is worth anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000.
  • The Act 2 dress has a zipper down the back that can be easily replaced.
  • There are 20 shades of Elphaba green skin (although the production only regularly use a few).
  • It usually takes about half an hour (depending on actress experience) for Elphaba to “greenify” every night.
  • The most famous actress to portray Elphaba is Idina Menzel.
  • There are two almost identical dresses, one's the Shiz dress; the other is tighter for the party at the Ozdust.
  • In the musical, the wig for the second act is different from the first. It's longer with dark red or brown in it (it really depends on where the show is taking place).
  • On matinee days (days where there are two shows) the actress who plays Elphaba has to de-greenify herself in-between shows because between acts the green skin becomes more defined.
  • The fastest time for applying Elphaba's green make up was 7 minutes.
  • Idina Menzel returned to the role of Elphaba in the original West End cast in 2006 
  • Most actresses playing Elphaba are mostly mezzo-sopranos ( a soprano in a lower range or an alto in a higher range)
  • Danna Paola in the Mexican production is the youngest actress to play Elphaba at 18 years old.
  • Idina Menzel won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Lead Role (Musical) for her role as Elphaba in 2004
  • Idina Menzel was the original actress to play the role of Elphaba.
  • Stephanie J. Block read for Elphaba in the workshops for Wicked.

PortrayersEdit

BroadwayEdit

Broadway StandbysEdit

  • Eden Espinosa (2003-2004; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Shoshana Bean (2004-2005; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Saycon Sengbloh (2005-2007)
  • Lisa Brescia (2007-2008)
  • Julie Reiber (2008-2009)
  • Jennifer DiNoia (2009-2011; temporary 2012; Current - temporary) 
  • Donna Vivino (August 2011-October 2012; November 2012-November 2013)
  • Carla Stickler (November 2013; temporary)
  • Christine Dwyer (2013-2014)
  • Anne Brummel (February 2014-August 2014)
  • Lilli Cooper (Upcoming)

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Kristy Cates
  • Brandi Chavonne Massey
  • Caissie Levy
  • Maria Eberline (temporary)
  • Chelsea Krombach
  • Stephanie Torns (2010-2011; June 2014-July 2014; August 2014)
  • Caroline Bowman
  • Jennifer DiNoia (temporary)
  • Anna Eilinsfeld (temporary)
  • Vicki Noon
  • Carla Stickler (Current) 

1st National TourEdit

1st National Tour StandbysEdit

  • Victoria Matlock (2006)
  • Coleen Sexton (2007)
  • Donna Vivino (2007-2008)
  • Merideth Kaye Clark (2008-2010)
  • Marriand Torres (2010-2012)
  • Carla Stickler (2012-2013; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Laurel Harris (2013-2014; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Emmy Raver-Lampman (Current)

1st National Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Jenna Leigh Green (also Nessarose)
  • Maria Eberline (also u/s Nessarose)
  • Marcie Dodd (also u/s Nessarose)
  • Merideth Kaye Clark
  • Stephanie Torns (Current)
  • Carla Stickler (also u/s Nessarose)
  • Ashley Dawn Mortensen
  • Shayla (Osborn) Beck (also u/s Nessarose)

Chicago Production Edit

Chicago Standbys Edit

Chicago Understudies Edit

West End (London) ProductionEdit

West End StandbysEdit

  • Kerry Ellis (2006)
  • Shona White (2007)
  • Cassidy Janson (2007-2008)
  • Ashleigh Gray (2008-2010; temporary 2013 & 2014)
  • Nikki Davis-Jones (2010-2012)
  • Hayley Gallivan (2012-2013)
  • Emma Hatton (Current)

West End UnderstudiesEdit

  • Cassidy Janson (2006-2007; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Ashleigh Gray (2007-2008)
  • Shona White (emergency cover-2009)
  • Sabrina Carter (2008-2010)
  • Stevie Tate-Bauer (2010-2011; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Jennifer Tierney (2011; also u/s Madame Morrible)
  • Gemma Atkins (2011-2012; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Michelle Pentecost (2011-2013))
  • Katie Rowley Jones (2012-2013)
  • Natalie McQueen (2013; 1st u/s)
  • Jacqueline Hughes (2013-2014; 2nd u/s)

Los Angeles Production Edit

Los Angeles Standbys Edit

Los Angeles Understudies Edit

  • Courtney Corey
  • Marcie Dodd (temporary; also Nessarose)
  • Angel Reda (Final)

Stuttgart Production Edit

Stuttgart Alternates Edit

Stuttgart Understudies Edit

Melbourne Production Edit

  • Amanda Harrison (2008-2009)
  • Jemma Rix (2009; temporary)

Melbourne Standbys Edit

  • Jemma Rix (2008-2009)
  • Carmen Cusack (2009; temporary)

Melbourne Understudies Edit

  • Patrice Tipoki
  • Zoe Gertz (Final; also u/s Madame Morrible)

Japan Production Edit

  • Hamada Megumi(Original)
  • Higuchi Asami
  • Imai Minori
  • Kimura Chiaki
  • Ebata Masae
  • Miyahara Kei

San Francisco Production Edit

San Francisco Standbys Edit

  • Vicki Noon (2009-2010)
  • Merideth Kaye Clark (2009; temporary)
  • Dee Roscioli (2009; temporary)
  • Carrie Manolakos (2010; temporary)
  • Felicia Ricci (2010)

San Francisco Understudies Edit

  • Angel Reda
  • Felicia Ricci
  • Alyssa Fox (Final)

2nd National Tour Edit

2nd National Tour Standbys Edit

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  • Carrie Manolakos (2009-2010)
  • Anne Brummel (2010-2011)
  • Christine Dwyer (2011)
  • Stephanie Torns (2011-2012)
  • Alyssa Fox (2012-Present)
  • Lilli Cooper (temporary)

2nd National Tour Understudies Edit

  • Natalie Weiss
  • Anne Brummel
  • Christine Dwyer
  • Laurel Harris (also u/s Nessarose)
  • Anna Eilinsfeld (2012-2013; also u/s Nessarose)
  • Lilli Cooper
  • Madeline Trumble (Current)

Tokyo Revival Edit

  • Okamura Minami (Current) 

​UK/Ireland Tour Edit

  • Nikki Davis-Jones (2013-2014)
  • Ashleigh Gray (September 2014-)

UK/Ireland Tour Standby Edit

  • Jemma Alexander
  • Michelle Pentecost (temporary)
  • Jacqueline Hughes (September 2014-)

UK/Ireland Tour Understudy Edit

  • Zoë George (also 2nd cover Nessarose)
  • Natasha Ferguson (also 1st cover Nessarose)

Mexico City Edit

  • Ana Cecilia Anzaldúa
  • Danna Paola

Mexico City Understudies Edit

  • Edén Pintos
  • Viviana Barrera

Seoul, South Korea Edit

  • Oak Joo Hyun
  • Park Hye Na
  • Kim Sun-Young

Seoul Understudy Edit

  • Kim Ga Hee

Sydney Production Edit

Sydney Standbys Edit

  • Jemma Rix (2009)
  • Jennifer DiNoia (2009; temporary)
  • Patrice Tipoki (2009-2010)

Sydney Understudies Edit

  • Zoe Gertz (2009-2010; first understudy; also u/s Madame Morrible)
  • Justine Puy (2010; second understudy)

Australian Tour Edit

  • Jemma Rix (2011)

Australian Tour Standby Edit

  • Laura Bunting (2011)

​Australian Tour Understudy Edit

  • Zoe Jarrett (2011; also u/s Madame Morrible)

Oberhausen Production Edit

Oberhausen Alternates Edit

Oberhausen Understudies Edit

  • Melanie Gebhard

Scheveningen (Dutch) Production Edit

Scheveningen Alternate Edit

  • Renée van Wegberg (2011-2013)

Scheveningen Understudy Edit

  • Bettina Holwerda (2011-2012)
  • Suzanne de Heij (2012-2013)

Asian Tour Production Edit

  • Jemma Rix (Original)

Asian Tour Standbys Edit

  • Zoe (Gertz) Jarrett (Original)
  • Jennifer DiNoia (May 2012-October 2012)

Asian Tour Understudies Edit

  • Gretel Scarlett (also u/s Nessarose)

Helsinki City Theatre Production (non-replicated version) Edit

  • Maria Ylipää (2010-2011)

Helsinki Understudy Edit

  • Raili Ruutu

Copenhagen Production (non-replicated version) Edit

  • Maria Lucia Heiberg Rosenberg (2011)

Copenhagen Understudy Edit

  • Christina Elisabeth Mørkøre (1st u/s)
  • Caroline Glomnes Johansen (2nd u/s)

Australia Revival Edit

  • Jemma Rix (2014-Present) 

Australia Standby Edit

  • Ali Calder (2014-Present) 

Australia Understudy Edit

  • Sophie Wright (2014-Present) 

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