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Madame Morrible
Biographical information
Gender

Female

Hair color

White/Blond

Born

Gillikin

Died

Gillikin

Relationships

None

Title(s)

Headmistress of Crage Hall at Shiz University
Cohort of The Wizard of Oz

Job

Witch
Cohort
Headmistress
Sorcery Teacher

Affiliation

Oz

Behind the scenes
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)

Cause

Murdered by unknown person (book) Thrown in Prison (Musical)

Portrayer

(originally) Carole Shelley

Madame Morrible was the headmistress of Shiz and a cohort of The Wizard in Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, as well as in the Musical Adaptation. She is one of the antagonists. She is responsible for Nessarose's death and bringing Dorothy to Oz.

LifeEdit

In the NovelEdit

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Susan Hilferty's sketch of Madame Morrible's Shiz costume.

In the novel, Madame Morrible is described as a "fish faced Gillikinese woman", and uses Shiz to recruit young girls as soldiers and spies for the Wizard, though she does not directly influence him. Madame Morrible believes that Animals (i.e. sentient animals) should be "seen and not heard," which she states at a poetry reading, known as a 'Quell'. She often has a Tik-Tok machine man called Grommetik to do her bidding, and later commands this creature to kill the Goat scientist Doctor Dillamond, which Ama Clutch — Galinda's chaperone — witnesses. Following the murder, Ama Clutch loses her grip on reality and begins to talk to inanimate objects as though they are people, a condition which gradually deteriorates until it results in her death. Galinda had previously lied to Madame Morrible by telling her that Ama Clutch was prone to fits of delirium whose symptoms included such hallucinations; since she had told no one else this lie, it is strongly implied that the condition was the result of a spell placed upon Ama Clutch by Morrible to prevent her from revealing the truth about Doctor Dillamond's murder.

At the funeral of Ama Clutch, Madame Morrible suggests to Nessarose, Elphaba and Glinda that the three become the "Adepts" of Quadling Country, Munchkinland and Gillikin respectively. This would grant them political dominion over these areas, but, as Morrible admits, is in fact a way of maintaining the Wizard's authority in far-flung regions of Oz. They all reject the idea, however each of them do ultimately find themselves the ruler of a region in Oz: Nessarose becomes the Eminence of the East (a.k.a. "Wicked Witch of the East"), Elphaba rules the Vinkus as the "Wicked Witch of the West", and Glinda rules 

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Myra Lucretia Taylor as Madame Morrible with Vivino as Elphaba and Clarke as Glinda.
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Gillikin as the Good Witch of the North. Later in the novel, Elphaba speculates that Madame Morrible was a witch, and may somehow have influenced events to bring the three to power despite their original refusal. The theory of 

Morrible's having magical powers is indeed probably correct, as she successfully immobilized the three girls with a binding spell while speaking to them of their future as Adepts, as well as somehow making it impossible for them to discuss the matter afterward. She also claimed that her "special talent is to encourage talent", which may support the latter theory as well.

Throughout the novel, Elphaba stands by her 

belief that Madame Morrible was behind the death of Doctor Dillamond. While involved in a resistance movement against the Wizard, Elphaba is assigned to assassinate Madame Morrible, who is staying in the Emerald City. However, Morrible surrounds herself with children, and Elphaba is forced to abandon her plan to avoid harming innocent bystanders. Toward the end of the story, Elphaba goes to Shiz and tries to kill Madame Morrible by bashing her head in with a marble trophy, but is five minutes too late, and ends up merely assaulting the woman's corpse (though she later takes credit for having killed her).

In the MusicalEdit

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Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible
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In the musical, Madame Morrible plays a bigger role as the antagonist. She discovers Elphaba's talent for sorcery on the day the girl arrives at Shiz, and insists upon training her personally, as well as suggesting to the Wizard that she be brought before him with a view to making her his "magic Grand Vizier". At this audience, Madame Morrible tricks Elphaba into using her powers to create winged monkeys for the Wizard. When Elphaba realizes her mistake and flees, Madame Morrible spreads the rumor that she is a Wicked Witch, in order to turn the citizens of Oz against her. In contrast to the novel, she is explicitly shown to possess magical powers, being especially talented at controlling the weather. By use of this ability, she is later responsible for creating the cyclone that kills Nessarose (the Wicked Witch of the East) and brings Dorothy Gale into the Land of Oz. She is present when the Wizard sends witch-hunters to kill Elphaba, and dismisses Glinda's protests at this course of action, claiming that she knows Glinda harboured a desire for revenge after Elphaba ran off with Fiyero.

Since the musical is more oriented to younger audiences and families, Madame Morrible is not killed in that adaptation as she was in the original novel. Instead, Glinda orders the royal guards of Oz to take Madame Morrible to prison. Madame Morrible's costumes are very long and awkwardly shaped in the musical, as if to show her bizarre and unshaped personality.

SongsEdit

Solos (In A Duet)Edit

Solos (In A Group Number)Edit

TriviaEdit

  • Susan Hilferty stated in multiple interviews that Madame Morrible is her favorite character and design aspect of the show.--shine as far as The Emerald City! 23:42, November 7, 2011 (UTC)

PortrayersEdit

Broadway ProductionEdit

  • Carole Shelley (2003-2005, 2007-2008)
  • Rue McClanahan (2005-2006)
  • Carol Kane (2006)
  • Jayne Houdyshell (2006-2007, 2008-2009)
  • Miriam Margoyles (2008)
  • Kathy Santen (2008)
  • Rondi Reed (2009-2010)
  • Kathy Fitzgerald (2010-2011)
  • Randy Danson (2011-2013)
  • Carol Kane (2013-2014)
  • Mary Testa (Current)

Broadway UnderstudiesEdit

  • Jan Neuberger
  • Lorna Ventura
  • Adinah Alexander
  • Kathy Deitch
  • Barbara Tirrell
  • Kathy Santen (2006-Present)
  • Gaelen Gilliland
  • Sarah Bolt
  • Betsy Werbel (2011-Present)
  • Dioni Michelle Collins (temporary)

1st National TourEdit

  • Carol Kane (2005)
  • Carole Shelley (2005-2006)
  • Alma Cuervo (2006-2007; 2007-2008; 2011)
  • Barbara Tirrell (2007)
  • Myra Lucretia Taylor (2008-2009)
  • Randy Danson (2009-2011)
  • Jayne Houdyshell (2010; temporary)
  • Liz McCartney (2011-2012)
  • Jody Gelb (2012; 2013 temporary)
  • Kim Zimmer (2012-Present)
  • Alison Fraser

1st National Tour Understudies

  • Barbara Tirrell
  • Brooke Elliott
  • Kathy Deitch
  • Leslie Becker
  • Celisse Henderson
  • Renée Lawless-Orsini
  • Betsy Werbel
  • Melanie Field
  • Pamela Shandrow (Current)
  • Dina Bennett (Current)

Chicago ProductionEdit

Chicago UnderstudiesEdit

  • Kathy Santen
  • Dioni Michelle Collins
  • Jill Hayman
  • Mindy Reid

London ProductionEdit

  • Miriam Margoyles (2006-2007)
  • Susie Blake (2007-2008)
  • Harriet Thorpe (2008-2010; 2013-Present)
  • Julie Legrand (2010-2012)
  • Louise Plowright (2012-2013)
  • Sue Kelvin (2013-Present) 

London UnderstudiesEdit

  • Kerry Washington
  • Nadine Cox
  • Aileen Donohoe
  • Jennifer Tierney
  • Shirley Jameson
  • Jacqueline Hughes
  • Tania Mathurin
  • Melissa Jacques

Los Angeles ProductionEdit

  • Carol Kane (2007, 2008-2009)
  • JoAnne Worley (2008)

Los Angeles UnderstudiesEdit

  • Linda Kerns
  • Dioni Michelle Collins

Stuttgart ProductionEdit

  • Angelika Wedekind (2007-2008)
  • Barbara Raunegger (2008-2010)

Stuttgart UnderstudiesEdit

  • Francesca Taverni
  • Jessica Lantto
  • Helena Blöcker
  • Juliana De Aquino

Melbourne ProductionEdit

  • Maggie Kirkpatrick (2008-2009)

Melbourne UnderstudiesEdit

  • Johanna Allen
  • Zoe Gertz

San Francisco ProductionEdit

  • Carol Kane (2009)
  • Patty Duke (2009-2010)
  • Jody Gelb (2010-2011)

San Francisco UnderstudiesEdit

  • Fiama Fricano
  • Celisse Henderson
  • Annie Funke

2nd National TourEdit

  • Marilyn Caskey (2009-2011, 2011-2012)
  • Jdy Gelb (2011)
  • Alma Cuervo (2011; temporary)
  • Gina Ferrall (2012-2013)
  • Kathy Fitzgerald (2013-Present)

2nd National Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Jenn Furman
  • Erin Wilson
  • Tory Ross
  • Linda Griffin
  • Bridie Carroll (Current)
  • Jane Brockman (Current)

Auckland,  New ZealandEdit

  • Maggie KirkpatrickSydney Production

SydneyEdit

  • Maggie Kirkpatrick (2009-Present)

Sydney UnderstudiesEdit

  • Johanna Allen
  • Zoe Gertz

Oberhausen ProductionEdit

  • Barbara Raunegger (2010-2011)

Oberhausen UnderstudiesEdit

  • Helena Blöcker
  • Christina Maria Brenner

Australian TourEdit

  • Maggie Kirkpatrick
  • Geraldine Turner (temporary)

Australian Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Zoe Jarrett
  • Andrea Arena

Scheveningen ProductionEdit

  • Pamela Teves (2011-2013)

Scheveningen UnderstudiesEdit

  • Penny Vos (2011-2013)
  • Sandra Wijnhout (2011-2013)

Asian TourEdit

  • Anne Wood (2011-2012)
  • Maggie Kirkpatrick (2012)

Asian Tour UnderstudiesEdit

  • Naomi Livingston
  • Greta Sherriff

​Helsinki, Finland (2010-2011)Edit

  • Ursula Salo

Helsinki UnderstudiesEdit

  • Leenamari Unho

​Copenhagen, Denmark (2011)Edit

  • Marianne Mortensen

Mexico City Edit

  • Anahi Allue (Orignal)

UK / Ireland tourEdit

  • Marilyn Cutts

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