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"One Short Day" is the 9th song in the musical Wicked. The song was written and composed by Stephen Schwartz.

It takes place during the "Emerald City" scene, where the two witches Glinda and Elphaba first go to the City to meet the Wizard.  

The number includes many different costumes and characters but ultimately ends with the two girls going to meet the wizard. It is known as Nur Ein Tag in the German production, Emerarud Shitii in Japan, and Wat Een Dag in the Dutch production. It is also the opening number to Wicked in Universal Studios Japan. 

Set DesignEdit

The set in this scene is very simple. There is a green "OZ" sign at the back surrounded by other green lights. The cast (except for Glinda and Elphaba) are all dressed in green. When Glinda and Elphaba go to see "Wizomania", the show-within-the show, a green curtain descends from the rafters.

Commentary by Stephen Schwartz (as said in "Wicked The Grimmerie")Edit

Stephen Schwartz said that this was the third song written for Wicked. He wanted this to be one of the "fun" songs in the musical. It was supposed to be like "two girls spending a day in Paris".

LyricsEdit

Elphaba:
(spoken) Come with me, to the Emerald City.

Tourists:
One short day
In the Emerald City

Glinda:
(spoken) Oh, I've always wanted to see the Emerald City!

Tourists:
One short day
In the Emerald City

One short day
In the Emerald City
One short day
Full of so much to do
Every way
That you look in the city
There's something exquisite
You'll want to visit
Before the day's through

Elphaba:
There are buildings as tall
As Quoxwood trees

Glinda:
Dress salons

Elphaba:
And libraries

Glinda:
Palaces!

Elphaba:
Museums!

Both:
A hundred strong
There are wonders like I've never seen

Glinda:
It's all grand

Elphaba:
And it's all green!

Both:
I think we've found the place
Where we belong
I wanna be
In this hoi polloi

Elphaba:
So I'll be back for good someday

Both:
To make my life and make my way
But for today, we'll wander and enjoy

All:
One short day
In the Emerald City
One short day
To have a lifetime of fun
One short day

Both:
And we're warning the city
Now that we're in here
You'll know we've been here

All:
Before we are done!

Glinda:
(spoken) Elphie, come on. We'll be late for Wizomania!

Wizomania Chorus:
Who's the mage
Whose major itinerary
Is making all Oz merrier?
Who's the sage
Who's sagely sailed in to save our posteriors
Whose enthuse for hot air ballooning
Has all of Oz honeymooning
Woo - oo - oo
Isn't he wonderful, our wonderful Wizard?

Audience (Wizomania Chorus):
One short day (Who's the mage)
In the Emerald City (Whose major itinerary)
One short day (Is making all Oz merrier)
To have a lifetime (Whose the sage who)
Of fun (Sagely sailed in to save)
(Our posteriors)
What a way
To be seeing the city

Both:
Where so many roam to
We'll call it home, too
And then, just like now
We can say
We're just two friends

Elphaba:
Two good friends

Glinda:
Two best friends

All:
Sharing one wonderful
One short

Guard:
(spoken) The Wizard will see you now!

All:
Day!

VideosEdit

One Short Day - WICKED the Musical00:59

One Short Day - WICKED the Musical

Show Clip - Wicked - "One Short Day" - Original Cast01:57

Show Clip - Wicked - "One Short Day" - Original Cast

Broadway Company of Wicked on the Today Show "One Short Day"07:10

Broadway Company of Wicked on the Today Show "One Short Day"

Stephanie J Block and Kendra Kassebaum perform One Short Day on The Tonight Show03:42

Stephanie J Block and Kendra Kassebaum perform One Short Day on The Tonight Show

London Cast of Wicked - One Short Day04:29

London Cast of Wicked - One Short Day

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