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"The book takes you down the yellow brick road and behind the curtains of the great wizard." -- BroadwayStars.com

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; First Edition edition (October 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308209
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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154 of 163 people found the following review helpful By A. Burbach on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Finally, after months of waiting (and a whole week early!). Wicked: The Grimmerie is here. Some may be wondering if they should buy this book, and I'm here to tell you.

The Good News: The cover and design of the book is amazing. The cover looks old and worn and is even padded. The intricate designs are textured and the book is nice and heavy and thick. The inside design is incredible. Each page (printed on very heavy paper) is made to look old, worn and stained and it's wonderful to look at. As for the actual contents... wow. The production photos are brilliantly printed and include photos from the following casts: Original Broadway Cast, 2nd Broadway Cast (Jennifer Laura Thompson and Joey McIntyre), Original Tour Cast (Stephanie J. Block and Kendra Kassebaum), and the 3rd Broadway Cast (Shoshana Bean and David Ayers). There are very few new photos but there are some. Most of them are from the tour cast (most of Kendra and some of Stephanie and one small one of Carole Kane). There are many interviews with every cast member and many from Gregory Maguire (writer of Wicked the novel) and Stephen Shwartz and Winnie Holtzman (writer of script). There is a step-by-step page of how Stephanie gets green before each show. They have a page dedicated to the dance Elphaba does in "Dancing Through Life" and they teach it to us step-by-step. They have many photos of props and sets and wigs, as well as original costume and set sketches. There is a handwritten page from the book and an early version of Defying Gravity. There is commentary on each song by Mr. Shwartz and this isn't even all of it. So much information to soak up!

The Wicked News: Unlike what some people are saying, the book DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FULL SCRIPT.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Catie O! on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got this book for a good friend of mine, who, like me, is a big fan of Wicked. I'm not the candle carrying-Idina worshipping type, but I like it alot.

Anyways,

I was somewhat impressed and somewhat disappointed by the book.

Good things:

There are some great interviews, and being a fan of stage make-up techniques, the "greening of elphaba" was pretty interesting to me. Also, the book is very nicely put together, but I would say wait until it goes down to $20 or $15 before you buy it.

The Bad things:

There was a deffinate lack of new material: any big fan of Wicked has seen most of these photos before, and the information has been either read or seen on television specials. I hate to say it, but I think this was put together 'just in time for christmas' to cash in on the Wicked fans.

Summary:

I am still up in the air: I own the Lord of the Rings behind-the-scenes-book, and not only is it an interesting read, it's also a reference for costuming, make-up, special effects, ect. I find that this book is nice...but that's about it. If you want to give a nice gift to a Wicked fan, this might be what you're looking for, but if they are a HUGE fan, I think that in the long run, you'll be somewhat disappointed.

By the Way:

I've noticed a dissatisfaction with the lack of the libretto: It can be found (for free) at this website:

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and can be printed, with a laser printer, in about 7 1/2 minutes and bound in about 3 at your local Kinko's for about $5.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shanna Haymore on September 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I read the book and saw the Broadway Play recently, so I was dying to get my hands on the Grimmerie. I was not disappointed. The photos are fabulous and all the information is even better. If you want to know all the behind-the-scene tricks of the play, more about the characters in the play, and how it was adapted from the book, then you definately need this book. My favorite part is the script in the back of the book. As a teacher, I plan on using the story along with the music to teach my kids about personal strength, friendship, and the consequences of bullying. I LOVE this book!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By scott89119 VINE VOICE on October 25, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a HUGE fan of Wicked the musical and couldn't wait for this book to come out. When I finally got it, I was blown away by how cool the cover looked and at all the behind-the-scenes info (including the interviews with all the women who've played Elphaba). If you're getting the book for information on the genesis and success of the musical you can't do much better than this book. Unfortunately, there were hardly any new pictures, backstage or during the show, here to see. You could pretty much find any of them with ten minutes on Google, and with such a visually beautiful show as Wicked that was a major letdown for me. Also, the reviewer below is right- there is not a complete libretto here. Still, the design and production of The Grimmerie is very well done, but it just could have used a lot more rare pictures.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Annamaria on August 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Being a rather HUGE fan of Wicked, I have been anxious to purchase the grimmerie for some time. I have never seen the musical, however I listen to the CD religiously and have watched the play [...]. Today I finally got the book at 2.30, it is now 8.15, and I have read through it twice. The Grimmerie includes how the writers were able to write the script, the set designers, the wig and costume directors, as well as a chapter about the various cast members on playing their characters (it has the original cast, as well as members from the national tour and the cast that took over on Broadway).

The book does not include the full liberatto, which was dissapointing, as the musical includes songs that are not featured on the soundtrack. However, the short script that is included is sufficient to answer most questions one might have about the plot.

I am more than pleased with this companion to Wicked, which I am absolutley in love with. The pictures in the book include the National Tour Cast.

If you have any doubts about this product please feel free to email my amazon account!

Wicked fans will love this, unless they are looking to reinact the musical, in which case it is illegal, and the full script is not included.
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