Well I wouldn't know an evil thing if it fell on me.
— Glinda, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Lady Glinda Arduenna Upland (formerly referred to as Galinda) is a main character in the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and it's spinoffs by author Gregory Maguire. She is also the deuteragonist in the very successful Broadway Musical of the same name.

Unlike in L. Frank Baum's classic children's novel titled The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and it's sequels, the portrayal of Glinda in Maguire's novels stray further away from Baum's original character, who was the ruler of the southern quadrant of Oz called Quadling Country. In the story of Wicked, rather book or stage adaption, her character is based more upon the classic 1939 film's envisionment of Glinda portrayed by the late actress Billie Burke from MGM's The Wizard of Oz, by remaining the bubbly and bright Good Witch of the North instead of the "Amazon Goddess."

In the NovelsEdit


Savannah Stevenson as Glinda


Galinda is a beautiful Gillikinese girl and the daughter of Highmuster Arduenna and Larena Upland. Through her parents, she is descended from the noble clans of the Arduennas and of the Uplands of Gillikin.

Her character is seen extensively in the first half of the novel, but disappears for most of the second half. She is snobby, superficial, and obsessed with appearing to be high-class enough, due to the fact she's only partially noble. However, despite her inner insecurities she is also intelligent enough to be accepted to Shiz University's Crage Hall, where she is forced to share a room with another student due to her chaperone, Ama Clutch, being temporarily delayed. To Galinda's surprise the roommate, who's name is Elphaba Thropp, is a green skinned girl with a great apathy towards beauty, fashion and social standing. She is the complete opposite of Galinda. At first, Galinda tries to ignore Elphaba and pretends she is not her roommate by not giving her the time of day to be properly acquainted. So instead she quickly makes friends with a group of girls on campus who enjoy partaking in the same interest and hobbies which allows Galinda to have an active social life and quickly become extremely popular among her fellow peers. At one point, Boq, a Munchkinlander student from Briscoe Hall, forms a crush on her, eventually falling in love with her, but she rejects him due to differences in appearances, race and social status, though she does agree to be friends with him which Boq accepts. Eventually, she and Elphaba seem to have a rather begrudging companionship, though she still resents the latter and is shocked when she appears at her vacation home due to a snarky prank by one of her friends.

It is not until Dr. Dillamond, who she'd met on the way to Shiz, and who she had behaved rudely towards, is tragically killed and Ama Clutch is incapacitated as a result that she realizes how self-centered and shallow she's been. She truly allows Elphaba to finally become her friend by looking past her flaws and seeing her as an equal person for the first time. To mark this new change, she changes her name to Glinda, which the doctor had mistakenly called her. In her second year, she takes up sorcery as her major and begins to slowly excel at it, being able to cure Ama Clutch's condition, though she could not save her life. At the Ama's funeral, she is called, along with Elphaba and the latter's religious and crippled little sister named Nessarose, to meet with Madame Morrible in her office with the offered chance of becoming an Adept of Magic, who work as a behind-the-scene minister for the Ozian government system that is ran by the ruler of Oz known as the Wizard. Though a secret spell is put on her so she does not remember until Morrible wishes her to. After this, she accompanies Elphaba to Oz's imperial capital, the Emerald City, to finally meet Oz who is praised for being "wonderful." Though it is a disappointing meeting and not much gets done. Afterwards, she is shocked when Elphaba says she's leaving Shiz and Glinda begs her to return with her, to no avail.

Glinda then returns to school alone, where she seems to take a sisterly role to Nessarose in Elphaba's absence. She completes her sorcery degree and later marries an older Paltos baron named Sir Chuffrey and becomes known as Lady Glinda Chuffrey. She becomes famous for her philanthropy, working in tangent with her husband's business deals. At one point, she casts a spell over Nessarose's beautiful shoes which inadvertently allow her to walk without any help or assistance.

Later Nessarose is accidentally killed by an adolescent girl named Dorothy Gale who had fallen out of the sky while aloft in a farmhouse that crash-landed in the heart of Munchkinland after being caught in cyclone from another universe. When Nessarose was handing out perfect attendance awards to the Munchkins, the house fell right on top of her. Glinda would then give Dorothy Nessarose's beautiful shoes and cast a protection spell upon them. To get the girl out of the way, Glinda then sends Dorothy and her dog Toto on the yellow brick road which will ultimately lead them to the Emerald City to seek the Wizard. There Glinda hopes that he'll help the lost girl, not realizing that she just contributed to Elphaba's oncoming death.

A little while later she meets Elphaba again before Nessarose's funeral, and tells her what happened, and is chastised by Elphaba for giving Dorothy the shoes. Though she tries to convince Elphaba that her intentions were not out of spite and she tries to talk Elphaba out of going after Dorothy, she refuses to listen and storms off. They see each other only once after that, but Elphaba walks past her and does not speak, even when Glinda calls her name trying to mend their relationship, with no avail. The two women would never see nor speak to one another ever again.

Son of a WitchEdit

It is indirectly revealed that Glinda cast yet another spell on Nessarose's beautiful shoes that Dorothy was wearing. The spell allowed the girl and her dog to return back to where they came from by clicking the heels of the shoes together three times.

Later, after Dorothy's departure, it is revealed that Lady Glinda is tragically widowed from her husband, Sir Chuffrey, and is chosen by the provisional government to be Throne Minister. Her job, according to The Scarecrow, is to "clean up" the affairs left by the Wizard and it is implied that after this is complete, she would be expected to resign in favor of a new Throne Minister. When Liir comes for a visit to request her help in finding Nor, she does not believe him and has a breakdown in front of him, even smashing a glass china doll on a nearby nic-nac table, speaking about the treachery of her position and the people around her, and throwing Elphaba's broom into the fireplace in a fury. Upon seeing that despite the fire, the broom itself will not burn and disintegrate, thus being magic. Glinda realizes he must be a confidant of Elphaba's and directs him to Commander Cherrystone and Shell Thropp, who can lead him into Southstairs prison.

She reappears later in the book to make a donation to The Cloister of St. Glinda.

Out of OzEdit

Glinda is living at her estate of Mockbegger Hall on the borders of Munchkinland and Gillikin. Years before, she had taken in Rain, the daughter of Liir, in order to protect her identity. Her household is on the Lake Restwater. This puts her on the forefront of the Oz-Munchkinland civil war as the lake's water is a chief resource both sides are fighting for. Because of this, her home is commandeered by Commander Cherrystone and most of her staff is dismissed. When the crew of the Clock of the Time Dragon came into town, she authorized a performance of the Clock. However, the prophetic performance upset Cherrystone and his men. The crew gifts her the Grimmerie, which she is able to conceal with a spell within it. However, the performance of the Clock causes greater restrictions in her household. When Cherrystone launches his invasion of Munchkinland using the dragon-pulled boats, Glinda and Rain cast "To Call Winter Upon the Water," a spell which freezes the lake, trapping the boats and dragons. She then smuggles Rain out, giving her over to Brrr for protection. 

Glinda finally reappears towards the end of the book where she has a brief conversation with Rain, where she explains she is being sent to Southstairs for her actions at Mockbegger Hall, though Brrr later explains that she'll be freed as soon as it is advisable to do so, and indeed, she is freed as the book closes. Her ultimate fate, like most of the characters, is left open to the imagination of the reader.


Majo Perez as Glinda with Danna Paola as Elphaba.

In the MusicalEdit

In the novel's Broadway musical adaptation Wicked, Glinda is one of the two female leads as the musical focuses on her friendship with Elphaba (the young woman who becomes the infamous Wicked Witch of the West). In the novel, her role was minor, as she only appears a couple of times out of the Shiz setting, but in the musical her role was expanded. As in the novel, Glinda is characterized by her popularity and ambition and goes by the name of Galinda Upland (who hails from the Upper Uplands). Glinda is a very bubbly and popular girl. Unlike in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz she has blonde hair instead of red hair and a blue dress instead of a light pink dress. She and Elphaba cross paths while attending Shiz University, and while the two girls dislike each other at first, they eventually become best friends. Galinda enrolls in Madame Morrible's sorcery tutorial, but is precluded from entering when Morrible decides to tutor Elphaba privately. Later, however, Elphaba convinces Madame Morrible to admit Galinda to the sessions. Glinda is rather irritated by Doctor Dillamond's constant mispronunciation of her name (he has difficulty pronouncing the first "a," and so calls her "Glinda," to which she often responds, "It's Galinda. With a 'Ga.'"). It is therefore somewhat ironic that she, herself, constantly makes the mistake of addressing Boq, a Munchkin boy who is infatuated with her, as "Biq." As in the novel, Galinda later shortens her name to Glinda (telling the Wizard of Oz that "the 'Ga' is silent" when she introduces herself to him). She does this to mark the firing of Dr. Dillamond, but also in an attempt to impress Fiyero, her love interest.

Kendra Kassebaum playing Glinda


Glinda in the Helsinki Production.

When Elphaba decides to rebel against the Wizard, she offers Glinda the chance to go with her, but Glinda decides to stay behind and realize her opportunities with the Wizard, ultimately sealing her destiny to become "Glinda the Good." She shares a relationship with Fiyero, but is oblivious to his increasingly strong romantic feelings toward the now vilified Elphaba. When the two eventually run off together, Glinda is left heartbroken and enraged, but later realizes that Fiyero really does love Elphaba. She is present when the Wizard sends witch-hunters to kill Elphaba, and, unable to stand by while her friend is killed, she goes to Kiamo Ko to warn her of the impending danger. Before being supposedly melted by Dorothy, Elphaba makes Glinda promise not to clear her name, and gives her the Grimmerie, a legendary spell book. Glinda tells her that of all the friends she has had, Elphaba is the only one who really mattered, and the two Witches acknowledge that each has been changed by their friendship. Glinda then confronts the Wizard with the revelation that Elphaba was in fact his own daughter, and forces him to leave Oz, before having Madame Morrible arrested, thus exacting long-overdue justice for Elphaba. She announces to the citizens of Oz that she will try to help them recover in the aftermath of the past few years, and that she wishes to truly earn the title of "Glinda the Good."



Susan Hilferty's sketch of Glinda's Bubble Dress


Solos (In A Duet)Edit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit


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  • Susan Hilferty, the designer of the costumes of Wicked, explained there are 25 different kinds of sequins used on The Bubble Dress.
  • The sequins are all hand-sewn.
  • The Bubble Dress was intended to appear like a wedding dress or every girl's fantasy of a princess outfit.
  • There are 9 different fabrics used in the construction of the Bubble Dress.
  • The Popular Dress has little rainbow stitches on the bodice.
  • All of the bags have a bit of glitter on them.
  • According to the family tree in A Lion Among Men, her mother is Larena Upland and her father is Highmuster Arduenna.
  • In L. Frank Baum's novel Glinda was the Good witch of the South, it wasn't until the 1930's movie that Hollywood changed it to the North for some "unknown" reason.
  • In the Wizard Of Oz Glinda wears a pink puffy dress but in Wicked she wears a blue dress.
  • The role of Glinda/Galinda was originated by Kristin Chenoweth.
  • Though the first book claims she is an Arduenna through her mother. the family tree in the third book claims her mother is an Upland and her father is an Arduenna.
  • Her name in the book was originally different and longer, but it was changed to match that of her musical counterpart.
  • Katie Rose Clarke stated in a Q&A on Twitter that during episode 4 of Fly Girl that the bubble dress that you see in the opening and closing of the show was 25 pounds. For Katie, it weighs at least 45 pounds.
  • In the musical, Glinda's real name is Galinda, which she changed in honor of Doctor Dillamond, who always called her Glinda instead of Galinda.
  • In the musical, Glinda calls Toto "Dodo" when trying to warn Elphaba of the impending mob that is coming to kill her.


Broadway ProductionEdit

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Megan Hilty as Glinda with Eden Espinosa as Elphaba

Broadway Standbys

  • Laura Bell Bundy (November 2003-August 2004)
  • Megan Hilty (August 2004-May 2005)
  • Stacie Morgain Lewis (May-December 2005)
  • Katie Adams (December 2005-April 2007, October 2007-2009)
  • Alli Mauzey (April-October 2007)
  • Lindsay K. Northern (Temporary April 2011)
  • Laura Woyasz (February 2009-August 2011; temporary 11/19 to 12/15, 2013) 
  • Kate Fahrner (August 2011-November 2012)
  • Tiffany Haas (November 2012-February 2015)
  • Tess Soltau (February-November 2015)
  • Ginna Claire Mason (November 2015-February 2017)
  • Libby Servais (February 2017-January 2018)
  • Emily Mechler (January 2018-Current)

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Melissa Bell Chait (October 2003-March 2004)
  • Melissa Fahn (March-October 2004)
  • Stacie Morgan Lewis (October 2004- May 2005)
  • Sarah Jane Everman
  • Megan Sikora (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Libby Servais (Temporary 2011)
  • Heather Spore (June 2006-January 2018)
  • Lindsay K. Northen (January 2007-April 2013; January 2014-Current)
  • Emily Mechler (April 2013-February 2015)
  • Emily Ferranti (November 2014-December 2015)
  • Jenna Orrenson
  • Shannon Mari Mills
  • Cassie Okenka
  • Brittney Johnson (Current; June 2018-)

1st National TourEdit

1st National Tour Standby Edit

  • Natalie Daradich (February 2012-March 2012)

1st National Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Katie Adams
  • Emily Rozek
  • Annaleigh Ashford
  • Laura Woyasz
  • Christeena Michelle Riggs
  • Melissa Bohon
  • Meggie Cansler
  • Stefanie Brown (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Marissa Lupp
  • Lauren Ashley Zakrin
  • Emily Ferranti (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Ali McGinnis
  • Megan Campanile
  • Lesley McKinnell
  • Sarah Schenkkan
  • Cassie Okenka (March 2012-January 2014; August 2014-2015; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Shanon Mari Mills (2015)
  • Nikki Bohne (2015)

Chicago ProductionEdit

Chicago UnderstudiesEdit

  • Sarah Jane Everman
  • Sara Jean Ford (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Erin Mackey
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    Lee Mead (Fiyero) and Louise Dearman (Glinda)

  • Kate Fahrner (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Megan Sikora (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Kate Loprest (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Cristin Boyle (Final)
  • Michelle London (Final)

West End (London) ProductionEdit

West End StandbysEdit

  • Annalene Beechey (2006-2007)
  • Dianne Pilkington (2007)
  • Sarah Earnshaw (2007-2011)
  • Chloe Taylor (2011-2012)
  • Lucy van Gasse (2012-2013)
  • Sophie Linder-Lee (2013-2015)
  • Carina Gillespie (2015-Current)
  • Maria Coyne (2016-Current)

West End UnderstudiesEdit

  • Sarah Earnshaw (2006-2007; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Elinor Collett (2006-2007)
  • Caroline Keiff (2007-2008; also Nessarose u/s, Nessarose)
  • Pippa Lloyd (2008-2009)
  • Chloe Taylor (2009-2010)
  • Lucy Newton (2010-2011)
  • Zoe Rainey (2011; also Nessarose)
  • Sophie Linder-Lee (2011-2013)
  • Charlotte Scott (2011-2012; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Florence Andrews (2012-2013; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Michelle Francis (2013-2014; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Lauren Stroud (2013-2014)
  • Lauren James-Ray (2015-2016; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Maria Coyne (2014-2015)
  • Helen Woolf (2015-2016)
  • Rosa O'Reilly (2016-Present ; also Nessarose u/s, Nessarose)
  • Samantha Thomas (2017-Present)

Los Angeles ProductionEdit

Los Angeles StandbysEdit

Los Angeles UnderstudiesEdit

  • Melissa Fahn

    Valerie Link as Alternate Glinda in the German production

  • Amanda Flynn
  • Natalie Daradich (also Nessarose u/s)
  • Alexa Green (Final)

Stuttgart ProductionEdit

Stuttgart AlternatesEdit

  • Jana Stelley (2007-2009)
  • Valerie Link (2009-2010)

Stuttgart UnderstudiesEdit

  • Valerie Link
  • Katrin Taylor (Final)

Melbourne ProductionEdit

  • Lucy Durack (2008-2009, 2014)

Melbourne StandbysEdit

  • Erin Hasan (2008-2009)

Melbourne UnderstudiesEdit

  • Liz Stiles (Final)

San Francisco ProductionEdit

San Francisco StandbysEdit


Jeanna De Waal as Glinda


San Francisco UnderstudiesEdit

2nd National TourEdit

  • Helene Yorke (2009-2010)
  • Natalie Daradich (2010-2011)
  • Tiffany Haas (2011-June 2012)
  • Jeanna de Waal (June 2012-March 2013)
  • Hayley Podschun (2013-2014)
  • Kara Lindsay (2014)
  • Carrie St. Louis (2014-2015)
  • Amanda Jane Cooper (2015-2017)
  • Ginna Claire Mason (2017- Current)

2nd National Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Libby Servais (2009-2010)
  • Michelle London (2009-2010; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Lesley McKinnell (2010-2011; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Rachel Potter (2010-2011)
  • Tiffany Haas (2011; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Lisa Livesay (2011-2012; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Marissa Miller (2011-2013)
  • Jillian Kates (2012-2013; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Lindsey Brett Carothers (2014-2015)
  • Kelly D. Felthous (2013-2014; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Beka Burnham (2014-2016, Current ; also Nessarose u/s)
  • Allison Bailey (Current)
  • Jillian Butler (2016-2017; also Nessarose u/s)

Tokyo Revival  Edit

  • Tomada Asako
  • Torihara Yukimi

1st UK/Ireland TourEdit

  • Emily Tierney

1st UK/Ireland Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Carina Gillespie (also Nessarose)
  • Helen Woolf
  • Victoria Farley

Mexico CityEdit

  • Cecilia de la Cueva (Original/main)
  • Majo Perez (once a week)

Mexico City StandbyEdit

  • Crisanta Gomez

Mexico City UnderstudyEdit

  • Liesl Lar (also u/s Nessarose)

Seoul, South KoreaEdit

  • Jung Sun Ah
  • Kim Bo Kyung
  • Kim So Hyun

Seoul UnderstudyEdit

  • Lee Ji Eun

Sydney ProductionEdit

  • Lucy Durack (2009-2010)

Sydney StandbysEdit

  • Erin Hasan (2009-2010)

Sydney UnderstudiesEdit

  • Liz Stiles
  • Taneel van Zyl (final)

Australian Tour Edit

  • Lucy Durack (2011, 2014)
  • Suzie Mathers (2014 - 2015)
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Annette Heick as Glinda in the Copenhagen production.

Australian Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Suzie Mathers (2011)
  • Allyce Martens (2011)

Oberhausen ProductionEdit

  • Joana Wee Würz (2010-2011)

Oberhausen AlternatesEdit

  • Valerie Link (2010-2011)

Oberhausen UnderstudiesEdit


(L-R) Chantal Janzen, Celine Purcell and Yvonne Coldeweijer

  • Katrin Taylor (2010-2011)
  • Heather Carino (2011)

Scheveningen/Dutch ProductionEdit

  • Chantal Janzen (2011-2012)
  • Yvonne Coldeweijer aka Keet! (2012-2013)

Scheveningen/Dutch Alternate (Standby)Edit

  • Céline Purcell (2011-2013)

Scheveningen/Dutch UnderstudiesEdit

  • Manon Novak (2011-2013)
  • Ianthe Tavernier (2011-2013)

Manon Novak as Galinda

Asian Tour ProductionEdit

  • Suzie Mathers (2011-2012)

Asian Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Allyce Martins (1st cover)
  • Claire George (2nd cover)
  • Stephanie Morrison (3rd cover; also 2nd cover Nessarose)

Helsinki City Theatre Production (non-replicated version)Edit

  • Anna-Maija Tuokko (2010-2011)

Helsinki UnderstudyEdit

  • Emmi Kangas (2010-2011)

Copenhagen Production (non-replicated version)Edit

  • Annette Heick (2011)

Copenhagen AlternateEdit

  • Katrine Falkenberg (2011)

Copenhagen UnderstudyEdit

  • Camille-Cathrine Rommedahl (2011)

Australia Revival Edit

  • Lucy Durack (2014-2015)
  • Suzie Mathers (2015-Present; Brisbane & Perth) 

Australia Understudies Edit

  • Justine Puy (2014-Present) 
  • Monica Swayne (2014-Present) 

Brazilian Production Edit

  • Fabi Bang (2016)

Brazilian UnderstudiesEdit

  • Julia Duarte 
  • Andreza Meddeiros 
  • Thuany Parente

2nd UK/Ireland Tour Edit

  • Helen Woolf

2nd UK/Ireland Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Charli Baptie
  • Amy Goodwin (also Elphaba u/s)
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