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Book Review: Wicked: The Grimmerie, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical

Many years ago, I was a huge fan of musicals. One of the musicals I was a huge fan of was Wicked. Back then Wicked was new and the only merchandise available where I lived was the soundtrack featuring the original Broadway cast and a book called Wicked: The Grimmerie, a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Hit Broadway Musical.

Since Halloween is coming later on this month, I wanted to write some posts that are more Halloween themed. Unfortunately, I don’t have access to all the Halloween themed possessions. Instead, I decided to write a review about Wicked, The Grimmerie. After all, the musical is about witches, magic, and premiered on Broadway on October 30, 2003.

The front of the book looks like this…

And the back…

The cover is distressed and is in the style of the Grimmerie, a spell book given to Elphaba by the Wizard’s press secretary Madame Morrible. (You can read more about it on the Wicked fandom Wiki) Even though the cover looks distressed, and is based off a spell book, it is not actually distressed, but is printed to look this way.

Also, as the title of the book suggests, there are no actual magical spells in the book. Instead, it is about the creation of the musical..

The book talks about what inspired the story Wicked including the Wizard of Oz books and Wicked, the book the musical is heavily based off from.

The book also features art from the original Wizard of Oz books and fake advertisements from the land of Oz…

There is a section that gives autobiographies about each of the characters…

 

And other interesting information about the musical. This book is also targeted to teens in the 2000’s, (The main fan base credited with making Wicked so popular was teen girls in the 2000’s) so there are things teens may enjoy. One of those things is a quiz that allows the reader to find out if their personality is more like Glinda or Elphaba, the two main characters in the musical…

Also, in the section of the book that talks about the music from the musical, there is a copy of the hand written sheet music of the song Defying Gravity. The sheet music in the book is distressed and looks aged to match the style of the book…

And there is a section of the book that talks about the costumes from the musical. Copy of sketches are included in this section of the book…

And finally, in the back of the book, there is a Ozan Glossararium, a glossary of words used throughout the musical (And the book) in order to help anyone unfamiliar with the way people in the land of Oz understand what they say better…

I really love this book. I’m very happy to own the book and have no plans to get rid of it. It is a great book for fan of the musical, especially if they want to know more about the background of the musical. It can be a very confusing book for anyone who never saw or doesn’t know much about the musical, but if they read the book after watching the musical or listening to the soundtrack, it will make sense.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

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