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New York Rehearsal

Script
10/23/03
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10-10-03
WICKED

ACT ONE, SCENE 1: We see A GIGANTIC PEAKED BLACK HAT being used as a
symbol to celebrate the Wicked Witch’s demise.

Suddenly CITIZENS OF OZ spill out, CHEERING and celebrating. The hat disappears,
and we are OUTSIDE THE WIZARD’S PALACE, IN THE EMERALD CITY,
CAPITAL OF THE LAND OF OZ.

ALL
GOOD NEWS!
SHE’S DEAD!
THE WITCH OF THE WEST IS DEAD!
THE WICKEDEST WITCH THERE EVER WAS
THE ENEMY OF ALL OF US HERE IN OZ
IS DEAD!
GOOD NEWS!
GOOD NEWS!

SOMEBODY IN THE CROWD (Michael S.)


Look! It’s Glinda!

Glinda, resplendent and beautiful in her white gown and tiara, descends from on high on
a mechanical swing that spews soap bubbles as the Celebrants point and cheer.

VARIOUS FANATICS
Is it really her? It is, it’s her! Glinda! We love yeeew, Glindaaaaa!

GLINDA
It’s good to see me, isn’t it?

FANATICS
(shrieks)
Yes!
GLINDA
No need to respond -- that was rhetorical.
(She smiles down at them)
Fellow Ozians—
(sings)
LET US BE GLAD
LET US BE GRATEFUL
LET US REJOICIFY THAT GOODNESS COULD SUBDUE
THE WICKED WORKINGS OF YOU-KNOW-WHO
ISN’T IT NICE TO KNOW
THAT GOOD WILL CONQUER EVIL?
THE TRUTH WE ALL BELIEVE’LL BY AND BY
OUTLIVE A LIE
FOR YOU AND…

SOMEONE IN CROWD (Walter)


Glinda! Exactly how dead is she?
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GLINDA
Because there has been so much rumor, and speculation—innuendo,
outuendo— let me set the record straight:
(with gravitas)
According to the Time Dragon Clock, The Melting occurred at the
thirteenth hour, the direct result of a bucket of water thrown by a female
child.Yes, the Wicked Witch of the West is dead.

SOMEONE IN THE CROWD (Michael S.)


NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED

ANOTHER PERSON (Kristy C.)


NO ONE CRIES: “THEY WON’T RETURN!”

ALL
NO ONE LAYS A LILY ON THEIR GRAVE

MAN (Bill Y.)


THE GOOD MAN SCORNS THE WICKED!

WOMEN
THROUGH THEIR LIVES, OUR CHILDREN LEARN:

ALL
WHAT WE MISS
WHEN WE MISBEHAVE ...

GLINDA
AND GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED’S LIVES ARE LONELY
GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED DIE ALONE
IT JUST SHOWS WHEN YOU’RE WICKED
YOU’RE LEFT ONLY
ON YOUR OWN …

ALL
YES, GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED’S LIVES ARE LONELY
GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED LIE ALONE
NOTHING GROWS FOR THE WICKED
THEY REAP ONLY
WHAT THEY’VE SOWN …

GIRL IN CROWD (Melissa C.)


Glinda, why does Wickedness happen?
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GLINDA
That’s a good question. One that many people find confusifying:
Are people born Wicked? Or do they have Wickedness thrust upon
them? After all, she had a childhood. She had a father… who just
happened to be the Governor of Munchkinland…

An IMAGE FROM THE PAST APPEARS, and a SOMBER LOOKING MAN appears—the
WITCH’S FATHER.

WITCH’S FATHER
(calls out)
I’m off to the Assembly, dear!

GLINDA
And she had a mother. As so many do…

A HAUNTINGLY BEAUTIFUL WOMAN appears—the WITCH’S MOTHER.

WITCH’S FATHER
Oh … HOW I HATE TO GO AND LEAVE YOU LONELY

WITCH’S MOTHER
THAT’S ALRIGHT-- IT’S ONLY JUST ONE NIGHT

WITCH’S FATHER
BUT KNOW THAT YOU’RE HERE IN MY HEART
WHILE I’M OUT OF YOUR SIGHT…

GLINDA
And like every family—they had their secrets.

The Witch’s WITCH’S FATHER kisses his wife goodbye, exits. The Witch’s Mother waves
goodbye, then wipes his kiss off her cheek, then immediately throws open the door and pulls
HER LOVER out into the kitchen. She GIGGLES. The Lover, (whose face remains in
shadow) takes a swig from a small green bottle, offers the bottle to the mother, she drinks—

LOVER
HAVE ANOTHER DRINK, MY DARK-EYED BEAUTY
I’VE GOT ONE MORE NIGHT LEFT, HERE IN TOWN
SO HAVE ANOTHER DRINK OF GREEN ELIXIR
AND WE’LL HAVE OURSELVES A LITTLE MIXER
HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE SWALLOW, LITTLE LADY,
AND FOLLOW ME DOWN...

They kiss; sink to the floor. The Lover disappears. The Mother struggles back to her feet,
now hugely pregnant--
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GLINDA
Of course—no one knows what went on behind closed doors. But,
from the moment she was born she was...well, different.

Suddenly WITCH’S MOTHER clutches herself, in pain...

WITCH’S MOTHER
Agghhh!!

WITCH’S FATHER rushes in, along with a MIDWIFE, who is some kind of Animal,
perhaps a Bear. They hold her--

MIDWIFE
IT’S COMING...

WITCH’S FATHER
NOW?

MIDWIFE
THE BABY’S COMING...

WITCH’S FATHER
(sees it)
AND HOW!

MIDWIFE
I SEE A NOSE...

WITCH’S FATHER
I SEE A CURL...

MIDWIFE/WITCH’S FATHER
IT’S A HEALTHY PERFECT LOVELY LITTLE...

MIDWIFE
Ohhhhh!

WITCH’S FATHER
Sweet Oz!

WITCH’S MOTHER
(anxiously)
What is it, what’s wrong?

MIDWIFE
HOW CAN IT BE?

WITCH’S FATHER
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
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MIDWIFE
IT’S ATROCIOUS!

WITCH’S FATHER
IT’S OBSCENE!

MIDWIFE AND WITCH’S FATHER


LIKE A FROGGY, FERNY CABBAGE
THE BABY IS UNNATURALLY

ALL
GREEN!!

WITCH’S FATHER
Take it away. Take it away…

GLINDA
So you see – It couldn’t have been easy.

And the Tableau from the Past has dissolved now, as the Crowd sings emphatically:

CROWD
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED
NOW AT LAST, SHE’S DEAD AND GONE
NOT AT LAST, THERE’S JOY THROUGHOUT THE LAND
AND GOODNESS KNOWS ...

GLINDA
GOODNESS KNOWS ...

CROWD
WE KNOW WHAT GOODNESS IS

GLINDA
HER LIFE WAS LONELY …

CROWD
GOODNESS KNOWS ...
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GLINDA
GOODNESS KNOWS ...

CROWD
THE WICKED DIE ALONE...

GLINDA
SHE DIED ALONE ...

CROWD
WOE TO THOSE (WOE TO THOSE)
WHO SPURN WHAT GOODNESSES
THEY ARE SHOWN ...

During the following a SHADOW FIGURE BEGINS TO FORM: The giant, looming
silhouette of the Witch.

ALL
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED

GLINDA
GOOD NEWS!

CROWD
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED!

GLINDA
GOOD NEWS!

CROWD
NO ONE MOURNS THE
WICKED!
WICKED!

ALL
WICKED!
The number ends.
GLINDA
Well, this has been fun. But as you can imagine, I have much to attend
to, what with the Wizard’s unexpected departure. And so, if there are
no further questions–

Suddenly, someone in the Crowd interrupts her.

PERSON IN CROWD
Glinda! Is it true – you were her friend?!

THE CROWD GASPS in disbelief… Glinda freezes, completely thrown.


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GLINDA
I-- well, I—

SILENCE FALLS, all await her response...

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Yes.

THEY ALL GASP in horror and shock.

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Well, it depends what you mean by “friend”.

She signals for her mechanical swingto be lowered, and as it descends …

GLINDA (CONT’D)
I did know her. That is, our paths did cross. At school.

A FEW YOUNG STUDENTS RUN ON. Glinda turns in surprise, looks at them.

GLINDA (CONT’D)
But you must understand, it was a long time ago…

MORE YOUNG STUDENTS ENTER.

GLINDA (CONT’D)
… And we were both very young …

And now, from where thr silhouette of the Witch has been, the actual Witch herself appears
and runs on. But she is a young, hopeful girl – albeit a green one. This is ELPHABA.

Glinda reaches out, almost as if to touch the face of this ghost from her past. And we start to
hear the Shiz University Oz-ma Mater …

STUDENTS
O HALLOWED HALLS AND VINE-DRAPED WALLS…

Glinda exits as:

WE FIND OURSELVES IN…


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10-21-03
ACT ONE, Scene 2. A PARLOR AT SHIZ UNIVERSITY.

An archway with the name Shiz University hangs over the proceedings. Students
continue to SING the Oz-ma Mater as they arrive. Elphaba tries to greet some of them,
but startled by her green-ness, they recoil from her …

STUDENTS
… THE PROUDLIEST SIGHT THERE IS
WHEN GREY AND SERE OUR HAIR HATH TURNED
WE SHALL STILL REVERE THE LESSONS LEARNED
IN OUR DAYS AT DEAR OLD SHIZ
OUR DAYS AT DEAR OLD …

Glinda, or as she was known then, GALINDA, is the last to arrive, perched on an
enormous stack of matched luggage. She joins the singing with a little display of
vocalise…
GALINDA
OH-OH-OH-OH-OLD…

STUDENTS AND GALINDA


--DEAR OLD SHIZ-ZZZZ

Galinda and all the other students covertly stare at Elphaba. She decides to cut to the
chase—
ELPHABA
What? What are you all looking at? Oh-- do I have something in
my teeth?
(puts her suitcase down)
Alright, fine-- we might as well get this over with: No, I’m not
seasick; yes, I’ve always been green; no, I didn’t eat grass as a
child…

Elphaba’s Father wheels on A BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMAN IN A


WHEELCHAIR—NESSAROSE.

FATHER
Elphaba--!
ELPHABA
Oh, and this is my younger sister, Nessarose! As you can see, she’s
a perfectly normal color.

Their Father angrily pulls Elphaba aside.

FATHER
Elphaba, stop making a spectracle of yourself! Remember – I’m
only sending you to this school for one reason --

ELPHABA
I know -- to look after Nessa.

Father crosses to Nessarose with a gift.


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FATHER
(to Nessarose)
My precious little girl -- a parting gift.

NESSAROSE
(a bit uncomfortable)
Father--!
(what else can she do but open it)
Jeweled shoes?

FATHER
As befits the future governor of Munchkinland.
(turning to Elphaba)
Elphaba--

She turns to him expectantly.

FATHER
Take care of your sister. And… try not to talk so much.

He exits. Elphaba watches him go.

NESSAROSE
(feels for her)
Elphaba—

Elphaba turns to her sister—

ELPHABA
(to cover)
Well, what could he get me? I clash with everything.

MADAME MORRIBLE, the imposing headmistress of Shiz University, sweeps in…

MORRIBLE
Welcome, new students!

Elphaba’s father leaves, as Morrible continues --


MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
I am Madame Morrible, Head Mistress here at Shiz University.
And whether you are here to study Law, Logic, or Linguification--
I know I speak for my fellow faculty members when I say that we
have nothing but the highest hopes. For some of you.
(she notices Nessarose…)
Oh— you must be the Governor’s daughter! Miss
Nessarose, isn’t it? What a tragically beautiful face you have!
(not yet seeing Elphaba’s face)
And who is—AAH!
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She comes face to face with Elphaba… YELPS.

ELPHABA
I’m the other daughter, Elphaba. I’m beautifully tragic.

MORRIBLE
(finding her completely weird)
I see. Well, I’m sure you’re— very bright.

Galinda turns to the person next to her… a gawky young man named BOQ, who has
managed to maneuver himself to be as close to her as possible.

GALINDA
Bright?! She’s phospherescent!

All the Students laugh, Boq loudest of all.

MORRIBLE
Now— regarding room assignments--

Both Elphaba and Galinda instantly raise their hands. Galinda waves hers very
persistently.

MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
(to Galinda, peeved)
Is this regarding room assignments?

GALINDA
Oh, no-- thank you for asking, Madame Morrible, but I’ve already
been assigned a private suite.

Envious looks and EMBITTERED ADLIBS from the OTHER STUDENTS. Galinda
turns to them...

GALINDA (CONT’D)
But you can all visit me whenever you want!

Smiles and HAPPIER ADLIBS from the students, as two girls, PFANNEE and
SHENSHEN, beam at GALINDA....

PFANNEE
Oh, how good of you!

SHENSHEN
You are so good!

GALINDA
No, I’m not!
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THE TWO OF THEM
Yes, you are!

GALINDA
Now, stop!

MORRIBLE
(losing patience)
Did you have a question?

GALINDA
Oh, yes-- you see, I am Galinda Upland, of the Upper Uplands?
I’ve applied to your sorcery seminar, indeed, that is my sole
purpose in attending Shiz: To study sorcery. With you.
(as Morrible looks through her papers)
Perhaps you recall my entrance essay-- “Magic Wands: Need They
Have A Point?”

MORRIBLE
(remembering; and not with pleasure)
Ah yes… However I do not teach my seminar every semester. Of
course if someone special were to come along—

GALINDA
Well, exactly.

ELPHABA
Madame Morrible?
Morrible turns.
ELPHABA (CONT’D)
We haven’t received our room assignment.

MORRIBLE
Oh, the Governor made his concern for your sister’s well-being
quite apparent—she will share my compartment, where I can assist
her as needed.

ELPHABA
But—I’ve always looked after my sister.

NESSAROSE
Elphaba…

MORRIBLE
(to Elphaba)
He never mentioned you.
(looks up brightly)
Just a slight gulch—not to fret! We’ll find some place to put you!

ELPHABA
But, Madame--
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But Morrible, oblivious, is looking through her papers…

GALINDA
(to Pfannee and ShenShen, still smarting from the
rejection)
I don’t think she even read my essay!

BOQ
(intruding himself)
That’s so unfair! You should say something!

GALINDA
Should I?

MORRIBLE
(to the group)
Attention! Which of you young ladies will volunteer to share with
Miss Elphaba?

Galinda thrusts her hand up.

GALINDA
(with self-righteous determination)
Madame Morrible?

MORRIBLE
Oh, thank you, dear. That is very good of you.

GALINDA
(not sure what has just happened)
What?

Morrible pulls a reluctant Elphaba by the hand towards an equally reluctant Galinda...

MORRIBLE
You see, Miss Elphaba? You can room with Miss Galinda!

Galinda EMITS A SHOCKED SQUEAK. The girls look at each other, horrified. Elphaba
turns to Morrible.

ELPHABA
(quite shaken)
Madame— no! You don’t understand--
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MORRIBLE
(starts to wheel Nessa out)
To your rooms, young ladies!

ELPHABA
No— No, wait--

NESSAROSE
Elphaba, please-- I’ll be alright!

ELPHABA
But-- I promised Father--

MORRIBLE
Young gentlemen—to your dormitory!

ELPHABA
LET HER GO!!

And suddenly THE WHEELCHAIR PULLS ITSELF OUT OF MORRIBLE’S GRASP,


The students GASP. THE CHAIR SPINS, RISES INTO THE AIR, AND THEN LANDS
GENTLY IN FRONT OF ELPHABA. Morrible stares at Elphaba. The other students and
faculty stare, dumbfounded, then BUZZ AMONGST THEMSELVES...

MORRIBLE
How did you do that?

GALINDA
(thunder-struck, to her friends)
How did she do that?

NESSAROSE
Oh, Elphaba. You promised things would be different here.

MORRIBLE
(Leaning closer)
You mean … this has happened before?

ELPHABA
Well … something just comes over me sometimes. Something I--
can’t describe. But I’ll try to control myself.
(to Nessarose)
I’m sorry, Nessa.

MORRIBLE
What?! Never apologize for talent! Talent is a gift!
And that is my special talent, encouraging talent!
(studies her closely)
Have you ever considered a career in sorcery?
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ELPHABA
Not really …

MORRIBLE
I shall tutor you privately-- and take no other students!

GALINDA
(a screech)
Whaat?!

The Students start to leave, one of the boys helping to wheel Nessarose off.
Boq remains, desperate to catch Galinda’s eye …

MORRIBLE
MANY YEARS I HAVE WAITED
FOR A GIFT LIKE YOURS TO APPEAR
WHY, I PREDICT THE WIZARD
MIGHT MAKE YOU HIS
MAGIC GRAND VIZIER!

ELPHABA
The Wizard!?

MORRIBLE
MY DEAR, MY DEAR
I’LL WRITE AT ONCE TO THE WIZARD -
TELL HIM OF YOU IN ADVANCE …
WITH A TALENT LIKE YOURS, DEAR
THERE IS A DEFIN-ISH CHANCE
IF YOU WORK AS YOU SHOULD --
YOU’LL BE MAKING GOOD ...

GALINDA
But-- Madame Morrible--!

MORRIBLE
(very dismissively)
Not now, dear!

Morrible sweeps off. The students follow suit.

GALINDA
(deeply puzzled)
Something’s wrong.
(turns to Boq in shocked realization)
I didn’t get my way.

She goes off and Boq follows slavishly in her wake.


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Now Elphaba is alone, dazed but thrilled.

ELPHABA
DID THAT REALLY JUST HAPPEN?
HAVE I ACTUALLY UNDERSTOOD?
THIS WEIRD QUIRK I’VE TRIED
TO SUPPRESS OR HIDE
IS A TALENT THAT COULD
HELP ME MEET THE WIZARD
IF I MAKE GOOD
SO I’LL MAKE GOOD ...

WHEN I MEET THE WIZARD


ONCE I PROVE MY WORTH
AND THEN I MEET THE WIZARD
WHAT I’VE WAITED FOR SINCE -- SINCE BIRTH!
AND WITH ALL HIS WIZARD WISDOM
BY MY LOOKS, HE WON’T BE BLINDED
DO YOU THINK THE WIZARD IS DUMB?
OR LIKE MUNCHKINS, SO SMALL-MINDED?
NO! HE’LL SAY TO ME:
“I SEE WHO YOU TRULY ARE
A GIRL ON WHOM I CAN RELY!”
AND THAT’S HOW WE’LL BEGIN
THE WIZARD AND I ...

ONCE I’M WITH THE WIZARD


MY WHOLE LIFE WILL CHANGE
‘CUZ ONCE YOU’RE WITH THE WIZARD
NO ONE THINKS YOU’RE STRANGE
NO FATHER IS NOT PROUD OF YOU
NO SISTER ACTS ASHAMED
AND ALL OF OZ HAS TO LOVE YOU
WHEN BY THE WIZARD, YOU’RE ACCLAIMED
AND THIS GIFT -- OR THIS CURSE --
I HAVE INSIDE
MAYBE AT LAST, I’LL KNOW WHY
AS WE WORK HAND IN HAND --
THE WIZARD AND I!

AND ONE DAY, HE’LL SAY TO ME: “ELPHABA,


A GIRL WHO IS SO SUPERIOR
SHOULDN’T A GIRL WHO’S SO GOOD INSIDE
HAVE A MATCHING EXTERIOR?
AND SINCE FOLKS HERE TO AN ABSURD DEGREE
SEEM FIXATED ON YOUR VERDIGRIS
WOULD IT BE ALL RIGHT BY YOU
IF I DE-GREENIFY YOU?”
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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
AND THOUGH OF COURSE THAT’S
NOT IMPORTANT TO ME
“ALL RIGHT, WHY NOT?” I’LL REPLY
OH, WHAT A PAIR WE’LL BE
THE WIZARD AND I …
WHAT A PAIR WE’LL BE
THE WIZARD AND ...

She breaks off suddenly, struck by a wonderful vision of her future.

UNLIMITED
MY FUTURE IS UNLIMITED
AND I’VE JUST HAD A VISION
ALMOST LIKE A PROPHECY
I KNOW -- IT SOUNDS TRULY CRAZY
AND TRUE, THE VISION’S HAZY
BUT I SWEAR, SOMEDAY THERE’LL BE
A CELEBRATION THROUGHOUT OZ
THAT’S ALL TO DO WITH ME!

AND I’LL STAND THERE WITH THE WIZARD


FEELING THINGS I’VE NEVER FELT
AND THOUGH I’D NEVER SHOW IT
I’LL BE SO HAPPY, I COULD MELT
AND SO IT WILL BE
FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE
AND I’LL WANT NOTHING ELSE
TILL I DIE
HELD IN SUCH HIGH ESTEEM
WHEN PEOPLE SEE ME, THEY WILL SCREAM
FOR HALF OF OZ’S FAV’RITE TEAM:
THE WIZARD
AND I!
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8-25-03
ACT ONE, Scene 3.

GALINDA enters, on the other side of the stage from Elphaba. Both face front, as if
writing letters home.

GALINDA
Dearest darlingest Momsie and Popsical...

ELPHABA
My dear Father...

BOTH
THERE’S BEEN SOME CONFUSION
OVER ROOMING HERE AT SHIZ ...

ELPHABA
BUT OF COURSE, I’LL CARE FOR NESSA ...

GALINDA
BUT OF COURSE, I’LL RISE ABOVE IT ...

BOTH
FOR I KNOW THAT’S HOW YOU’D WANT ME TO RESPOND
YES, THERE’S BEEN SOME CONFUSION
FOR YOU SEE, MY ROOM-MATE IS …

Both pause, regard each other, trying to find the words ...

GALINDA
UNUSUALLY AND EXCEEDINGLY PECULIAR
AND ALTOGETHER QUITE IMPOSSIBLE TO DESCRIBE ...

ELPHABA
(after a beat)
BLONDE.

GALINDA
WHAT IS THIS FEELING
SO SUDDEN AND NEW?

ELPHABA
I FELT THE MOMENT
I LAID EYES ON YOU ...

GALINDA
MY PULSE IS RUSHING ...

ELPHABA
MY HEAD IS REELING ...
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GALINDA
MY FACE IS FLUSHING ...

BOTH
WHAT IS THIS FEELING?
FERVID AS A FLAME
DOES IT HAVE A NAME?
YES!:
LOATHING
UNADULTERATED LOATHING ...

GALINDA
FOR YOUR FACE...

ELPHABA
YOUR VOICE ...

GALINDA
YOUR CLOTHING ...

BOTH
LET’S JUST SAY -- I LOATHE IT ALL!
EV’RY LITTLE TRAIT, HOWEVER SMALL
MAKES MY VERY FLESH BEGIN TO CRAWL
WITH SIMPLE UTTER LOATHING
THERE’S A STRANGE EXHILARATION
IN SUCH TOTAL DETESTATION
IT’S SO PURE! SO STRONG!
THOUGH I DO ADMIT IT CAME ON FAST
STILL I DO BELIEVE THAT IT CAN LAST
AND I WILL BE LOATHING
LOATHING YOU
MY WHOLE LIFE LONG!

STUDENTS
DEAR GALINDA, YOU ARE JUST TOO GOOD!
HOW DO YOU STAND IT? I DON’T THINK I COULD!
SHE’S A TERROR! SHE’S A TARTAR!
WE DON’T MEAN TO SHOW A BIAS
BUT GALINDA YOU’RE A MARTYR!

GALINDA
WELL ... THESE THINGS ARE SENT TO TRY US!

STUDENTS
POOR GALINDA, FORCED TO RESIDE
WITH SOMEONE SO DISGUSTICIFIED
WE JUST WANT TO TELL YOU:
WE’RE ALL ON YOUR SIDE!
WE SHARE YOUR ...
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GALINDA AND ELPHABA STUDENTS
WHAT IS THIS FEELING LOATHING
SO SUDDEN AND NEW? UNADULTERATED LOATHING
I FELT THE MOMENT FOR HER FACE, HER VOICE
I LAID EYES ON YOU HER CLOTHING
MY PULSE IS RUSHING LET’S JUST SAY:
MY HEAD IS REELING WE LOATHE IT ALL!
OH, WHAT IS THIS FEELING? EV’RY LITTLE TRAIT
HOWEVER SMALL
DOES IT HAVE A NAME? MAKES OUR VERY FLESH
YES … BEGIN TO CRAWL …
AHHH … AHHH …

ALL
LOATHING!

GALINDA AND ELPHABA ALL


THERE’S A STRANGE EXHILARATION LOATHING
IN SUCH TOTAL DETESTATION LOATHING
SO PURE, SO STRONG!

STUDENTS
SO STRONG!

GALINDA AND ELPHABA


(Students sing back-up.)
THOUGH I DO ADMIT IT CAME ON FAST
STILL I DO BELIEVE THAT IT CAN LAST ALL
AND I WILL BE LOATHING LOATHING
FOR FOREVER LOATHING LOATHING
TRULY, DEEPLY LOATHING YOU LOATHING YOU
FOR MY WHOLE LIFE LONG! LOATHING,
UNADULTERATED LOATHING

ELPHABA
BOO!

Galinda YELPS, glares at Elphaba, who CACKLES… the number ends.

AND WE FIND OURSELVES IN …


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8-27-03

ACT ONE, Scene 4. A LECTURE HALL. As Students, including Galinda, Elphaba,


Pfannee, ShenShen, Boq and Nessarose are just taking their seats …

WE HEAR a professorial voice:

DOCTOR DILLAMOND
Settle down, ladies and gentlemen; settle down now--!

Their history professor, DOCTOR DILLAMOND, a distinguished Goat, enters...

DILLAMOND
I have read your most recent essays, and I am amazed to report
some progress. Although some of us still tend to favor form over
content--
(as he hands paper to her)
Miss Glinda.

GALINDA
It’s Ga-linda.

DILLAMOND
Yes, of course.
(he tries, but it comes out the same)
Glinda.

GALINDA
(huffily)
I really don’t see what the problem is—every other professor
seems to be able to pronounce my name.

ELPHABA
(loudly)
Maybe perfecting the pronunciation of your precious name is not
the sole focus of Doctor Dillamond’s life. Maybe he’s not like
every other professor—maybe some of us are different!

GALINDA
Well-- it seems the artichoke is steamed!

THE CLASS LAUGHS.

DILLAMOND
Class--!
(They quiet)
Miss Elphaba has a point. Doubtless you’ve noticed I am the sole
Animal on the faculty-- the “token Goat,” as it were. But it wasn’t
always this way. Oh, dear Students --
(how to put this?)
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DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
How I wish you could have known this place as it once was.
When one would walk these halls and hear an Antelope explicating
a sonnet, a Snow Leopard solving an equation, a Wildebeest
waxing philosophic.
(trying to reach them)
Can you see, Students, what’s being lost? How our dear Oz is
becoming less and less, well …
(looks right at Elphaba)
… colorful.
(taking in the rest of the class)
Now. What set this into motion?

Elphaba raises her hand but doesn’t wait to be called on--

ELPHABA
From what I’ve read, it began with the Great Drought.

DILLAMOND
Precisely.
(points to it on the timeline)
Food grew scarce, and people grew hungrier and angrier. And the
question became—whom can we blame?
(another beat)
Can anyone tell me what is meant by the term: “Scapegoat”?

Elphaba’s hand shoots up.

DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
Someone besides Miss Elphaba.

Galinda’s hand shoots up.


DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
Yes, Miss Glinda!

GALINDA
(gritted teeth now)
It’s Ga-linda. With a Ga. And I don’t see why you can’t just teach
us history, instead of always harping on the past.

DILLAMOND
(Going to the blackboard and turning it over)
Well, perhaps these questions that I have prepared, will …

The class GASPS. And he sees that across the board, someone has painted: “ANIMALS
SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD.” Dillamond stares at it, shocked; then...

DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
Who is responsible for this? I’m waiting for an answer.

UNCOMFORTABLE SILENCE. Then…


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10-07-03
DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
Very well-- that will be all for today.

Everyone hesitates, did they hear right?

DILLAMOND (CONT’D)
(quite upset now)
You heard me—class dismissed!

The students swiftly exit. Elphaba starts to wheel Nessarose out. She stops, turns back to
look at Dillamond.

ELPHABA
(softly)
You go ahead, Nessa.

Nessarose exits. Elphaba regards the offensive words on the board.

ELPHABA
(reads aloud)
“Animals should be seen and not heard?”

Dillamond, who’s been lost in thought, looks up.

DILLAMOND
Oh, Miss Elphaba—don’t worry about me. Go and join your
friends.

ELPHABA
(matter-of-factly)
That’s alright, I have no friends. Would you like to share my
lunch?

She takes out a sandwich wrapped in paper. She holds it out to him.

DILLAMOND
Oh, thank you, how kind.

He takes the sandwich wrapped in paper, unwraps it, hands her back the sandwich, and
takes a bite out of the paper. Chews. But then, looking at the rest of the paper in his
hand…
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10-09-03
DILLAMOND
I seem to have lost my appetite.

ELPHABA
You shouldn’t let ignorant statements like that bother you. I mean,
I always do, but you shouldn’t.

DILLAMOND
Oh, Miss Elphaba— If only it were just a matter of words on a
chalk board! But the things one hears these days. Dreadful
things…
(sings:)
I’VE HEARD OF AN OX
A PROFESSOR FROM QUOX
NO LONGER PERMITTED TO TEACH
WHO HAS LOST ALL POWERS OF SPEECH ...

ELPHABA
What?

DILLAMOND
AND AN OWL IN MUNCHKIN ROCK
A VICAR WITH A THRIVING FLOCK
FORBIDDEN TO PREACH
NOW HE ONLY CAN SCREECH
ONLY RUMORS -- BUT STILL --
ENOUGH TO GIVE PAUSE
TO ANYONE WITH PAWS
SOMETHING BAD IS HAPPENING IN OZ…

ELPHABA
SOMETHING BAD? HAPPENING IN OZ …?

DILLAMOND
UNDER THE SURFACE
BEHIND THE SCENES
SOMETHING BAAAAAAD …

They’re both shocked by this-- Dillamond covers his mouth, then CLEARS HIS
THROAT…

DILLAMOND
BAD.
(clears throat again)

ELPHABA
Doctor Dillamond, are you alright? Shall I fetch you a glass of
water?
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10-09-03
DILLAMOND
No, I-- I don’t know what came over me…

ELPHABA
So you’re saying that there are Animals who have somehow…
forgotten how to speak? How is that possible?

DILLAMOND
Well, with so much pressure not to. If you make it discouraging
enough, you can keep anyone silent. But I for one will never let
them—
(breaks off hastily, seeing…)
Oh—Madame Morrible!

And in fact, Madame Morrible has entered.

MORRIBLE
I heard there was some sort of disturberance, in class-- are you
alright, Doctor--?
(breaks off, seeing…)
Miss Elphaba— you’re still here! I’d have thought you’d be on
your way to my seminar by now.

ELPHABA
Yes, Madame, I would be, but--

MORRIBLE
“But” --?

An awkward beat, as Elphaba hesitates…

MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
I do hope I haven’t mis-placed my trust in you. Magic is a
demanderating mistress. And if one’s ambition is to meet the
Wizard…
(to him)
Well. I’m sure Doctor Dillamond sees my point.

She sweeps out. Elphaba turns back to Dillamond…

ELPHABA
I’d better go.
(she hesitates, then turns back to him)
Doctor Dillamond--?
(he turns)
If something bad is happening to the Animals, someone’s got to
tell the Wizard! He’ll make it right! That’s why we have a
Wizard—
(sings:)
SO NOTHING BAD …
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10-15-03
DILLAMOND
I hope you’re right--

BOTH
NOTHING ALL THAT BAD …

DILLAMOND
(suddenly bleating again)
NOTHING TRULY BAAAAAAAAD …
(He turns away, mortified)
Sorry-- BAD …

He exits, distressed. Elphaba watches him go …

ELPHABA
IT COULDN’T HAPPEN HERE
IN OZ ....
I-5-27
10-17-03
ACT ONE, Scene 5. OUTSIDE THE CLASS, A COURTYARD .

Elphaba emerges from Dillamond’s classroom, as A CAR HORN SOUNDS. She turns
and sees: A CHAUFFEUR-driven vehicle enter the scene. In the passenger seat is an
attractive and charming young man, fast asleep. This is FIYERO TIGELAAR.

CHAUFFEUR
Here we are, sir -- Shiz University.

FIYERO
(rouses himself reluctantly)
Already? What a shame.
(gets out of the car…)
Well – see you soon, Averic. I’m sure I won’t last longer at
this school than at any of the others.
As the car drives off, Morrible sweeps Elphaba off to class. Fiyero allows a couple of
Female Students to flirt with him as …
Galinda enters, as WE HEAR--
BOQ
Miss Galinda--!

Boq enters, crosses to Galinda.


BOQ
(heart felt)
Miss Galinda-- I know I’m just a mere Munchkin. But even a
Munchkin has feelings! And I’ve tried to tell you of mine—for
you. But sometimes… it’s like you don’t even know who I am.

GALINDA
That’s not true, Bick!

BOQ
Boq.

GALINDA
(seeing Fiyero)
Bick!
(grabbing his arm)
Do you realize who that is?

BOQ
(out of body)
You’re touching me.
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8-25-03
GALINDA
(oblivious, staring)
That’s Fiyero Tigelaar! He’s that Winkie Prince, whose
reputation is so -- scandalacious!

And leaving Boq flat, Galinda glides over to Fiyero, her charm turned to high. She tosees
her hair -- and he tosses his in good-humored imitation. Which only intrigues her more.

GALINDA
Were you looking for something? Or—someone?

FIYERO
Oh, yes –
(Consults a scrap of paper, vaguely)
Some sort of -- history class? Somewhere?

BOQ
(trying to wrest control of the situation)
That’s the history building there. But—

GALINDA
(blithely steps in front of Boq)
The class just ended.

FIYERO
Oh. Perfect timing. So-- what does one do for fun
around here?

GALINDA
Nothing. Until now.

BOQ
(Moving possessively closer to Galinda)
We’ve been studying.

FIYERO
What!?
(sighs)
Well, I see that -- once again -- the responsibility to corrupt my
fellow students falls… to me! Fortunately I’m up to the task!
(sings)
THE TROUBLE WITH SCHOOLS IS
THEY ALWAYS TRY TO TEACH THE WRONG LESSON
BELIEVE ME, I’VE BEEN KICKED OUT
OF ENOUGH OF THEM TO KNOW
THEY WANT YOU TO BECOME LESS CALLOW
LESS SHALLOW
BUT I SAY: WHY INVITE STRESS IN?
STOP STUDYING STRIFE
AND LEARN TO LIVE “THE UNEXAMINED LIFE” …
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10-21-03
FIYERO (CONT’D)
DANCING THROUGH LIFE
SKIMMING THE SURFACE
GLIDING WHERE TURF IS SMOOTH
LIFE’S MORE PAINLESS
FOR THE BRAINLESS
WHY THINK TOO HARD?
WHEN IT’S SO SOOTHING

DANCING THROUGH LIFE


NO NEED TO TOUGH IT
WHEN YOU CAN SLUFF IT OFF AS I DO
NOTHING MATTERS
BUT KNOWING NOTHING MATTERS
IT’S JUST LIFE
SO KEEP DANCING THROUGH …

DANCING THROUGH LIFE


SWAYING AND SWEEPING
AND ALWAYS KEEPING COOL
LIFE IS FRAUGHT LESS
WHEN YOU’RE THOUGHTLESS
THOSE WHO DON’T TRY
NEVER LOOK FOOLISH

DANCING THROUGH LIFE…


MINDLESS AND CARELESS
MAKE SURE YOU’RE WHERE LESS
WORRY IS RIFE
WOES ARE FLEETING
BLOWS ARE GLANCING…
WHEN YOU’RE DANCING…
THROUGH LIFE…
So – what’s the most swankified place in town?

GALINDA
That would be the Ozdust Ballroom.
I-5-30
10-17-03
FIYERO
Sounds perfect.
(sings)
LET’S GO DOWN TO THE OZDUST BALLROOM
WE’LL MEET THERE LATER TONIGHT
WE CAN DANCE TILL IT’S LIGHT
FIND THE PRETTIEST GIRL …
GIVE ‘ER A WHIRL
RIGHT ON DOWN TO THE OZDUST BALLROOM
COME ON -- FOLLOW ME
YOU’LL BE HAPPY TO BE THERE …

ALL
DANCING THROUGH LIFE
DOWN AT THE OZDUST…

FIYERO
IF ONLY BECAUSE DUST
IS WHAT WE COME TO…

ALL
NOTHING MATTERS
BUT KNOWING NOTHING MATTERS
IT’S JUST LIFE…

STUDENTS
AHHHH…

FIYERO
SO KEEP DANCING THROUGH….

BOQ
Miss Galinda-- I hope you’ll save at least one dance for me. I’ll be right
there. Right by your side. Waiting. All night.

GALINDA
Oh—that’s so kind—Bick.

BOQ
Boq.

GALINDA
But you know what would be even kinder?
(She indicates NESSAROSE)
SEE THAT TRAGIC’LY BEAUTIFUL GIRL
THE ONE IN THE CHAIR
IT SEEMS SO UNFAIR
WE SHOULD GO ON A SPREE
AND NOT SHE
GEE --
I KNOW SOMEONE WOULD BE MY HERO
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10-21-03
GALINDA (CONT’D)
IF THAT SOMEONE WERE
TO GO INVITE HER …

BOQ
Well, maybe -- I could invite her!

GALINDA
(as if stunned with surprise)
OH, BICK, REALLY?
YOUWOULD DO THAT FOR ME!?

BOQ
I would do anything for you, Miss Galinda.
(And he goes over to NESSAROSE)
Excuse me, Miss Nessarose? There’s something I’d like to ask you …

BOQ wheels NESSAROSE off, GALINDA exhales with the satisfaction with a job well
done, as FIYERO, (who’s been observing all this) crosses to her…
FIYERO
(one pro to another)
You’re good.
GALINDA
(butter wouldn’t melt)
I don’t know what you mean! But I do happen to be free tonight, so…

FIYERO
…So I’ll be picking you up around eight?

GALINDA
After all …
(sings)
NOW THAT WE’VE MET ONE ANOTHER …

FIYERO AND GALINDA


IT’S CLEAR -- WE DESERVE EACH OTHER

GALINDA
YOU’RE PERFECT …

FIYERO
YOU’RE PERFECT …

BOTH
SO WE’RE PERFECT TOGETHER
BORN TO BE FOREVER …
DANCING THROUGH LIFE …

AND WE TRANSITION TO:


I-6-32
9-10-03

ACT ONE, Scene 6. Elphaba and Nessarose, on ONE SIDE OF THE STAGE. Elphaba
observes other students rushing off to party…

ELPHABA
It’s absurd! This silly rich boy appears and everyone’s off to
worship him at some cultish social gathering!

NESSAROSE
Even me.
(Elphaba turns to her, surprised)
I’m going! Isn’t it wonderful?! Boq was too shy to ask me at first,
but once Galinda encouragerized him—

ELPHABA
Galinda?!

NESSAROSE
Don’t! Don’t you dare say another word against her! I’m about to
have the first happy night of my life, thanks to Galinda.
(sings)
FIN’LLY, FOR THIS ONE NIGHT
I’M ABOUT TO HAVE A FUN NIGHT
WITH THIS MUNCHKIN BOY
GALINDA FOUND FOR ME
AND I ONLY WISH THERE WERE
SOMETHING I COULD DO FOR HER
TO REPAY HER
ELPHABA, SEE?
WE DESERVE EACH OTHER
AND GALINDA HELPED IT COME TRUE
WE DESERVE EACH OTHER
ME AND BOQ …
(appeals to her sister)
Please, Elphaba – Try to understand …

ELPHABA
(seeing her sister’s happiness)
I DO.

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STAGE, Galinda prepares for the party. Pfannee and
ShenShen help her dress.

GALINDA
Now do me up! And then I must accessorize myself—for Fiyero!

ShenShen pulls an enormous peaked black hat from Galinda’s hatbox…

SHEN SHEN
Galinda, what in Oz name--?
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10-21-03
GALINDA
Oh, pretend you didn’t see that!
(snatches it away from her, embarrassed)
My Granny’s always buying me the most hideoteous hats!
(holds it away from herself as if it smells)
I’d give it away, but I don’t hate anyone that much!

PFANNEE AND SHENSHEN


(look at each other, then…)
Yes, you do!

Pfannee and ShenShen GIGGLE DEVILISHLY…

GALINDA
(regards the hat)
Oh no… I couldn’t. Could I?

Pfannee and ShenShen exit. Elphaba and Galinda come face to face center stage.

ELPHABA
Galinda, listen-- my sister and I were talking about you just now…

GALINDA
(cuts her off)
And I was just talking about you!
(shows her the hat)
I thought you might want to wear this to the party tonight!

Galinda holds the hat out to Elphaba. Surprised and touched by this (second) unexpected
show of generosity, Elphaba stares at her roommate…

GALINDA (CONT’D)
(sings)
IT’S REALLY, UH, SHARP, DON’T YOU THINK?
YOU KNOW -- BLACK IS THIS YEAR’S PINK
YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER
THIS HAT AND YOU
YOU’RE BOTH SO SMART
YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER
SO HERE, OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF MY HEART …

Elphaba takes the hat from Galinda, looks at it… and we TRANSITION TO …
I-6c-34
10-16-03
ACT ONE, Scene 6C. THE OZDUST BALLROOM.

All are dancing. Fiyero and Galinda are clearly the center of it all – the Stars.

A beat. Boq decides he can’t play this charade any longer…

BOQ
Listen... NESSA...

NESSAROSE
YES?
BOQ
UH, NESSA
I’VE GOT SOMETHING TO CONFESS --A
REASON WHY-- WELL -- WHY I ASKED YOU HERE
TONIGHT
AND I KNOW IT ISN’T FAIR--

NESSAROSE
Oh, Boq... I know why.

BOQ
You do?

NESSAROSE
IT’S BECAUSE I’M IN THIS CHAIR
AND YOU FELT SORRY FOR ME--
WELL? ISN’T THAT RIGHT?

BOQ
No! No, it’s because... because...
BECAUSE YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL

NESSAROSE
OH BOQ, I THINK YOU’RE WONDERFUL
AND WE DESERVE EACH OTHER
DON’T YOU SEE, THIS IS OUR CHANCE?
WE DESERVE EACH OTHER
DON’T WE, BOQ?

BOQ
YOU KNOW WHAT -- LET’S DANCE!

NESSAROSE
What?

BOQ
LET’S DANCE!
They dance.
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10-16-03

Madame Morrible enters and strides purposefully over to Galinda.

MORRIBLE
Miss Upland!

GALINDA
(surprised)
Madame Morrible!? What are you doing here?

MORRIBLE
I have something for you.

Madame Morrible hands Galinda a diminutive magic wand.

GALINDA
Oh, Madame… A training wand! How can I express my
gratitution?

MORRIBLE
Don’t thank me. This was your roommate’s idea, not mine.

GALINDA
(completely thrown)
What? Elphaba?

MORRIBLE
Yes. Miss Elphaba requested that I include you in sorcery class--
she insisted I tell you this very night, or she would quit the
seminar!

GALINDA
But … why?
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8-29-03
MORRIBLE
I’ve no idea! My personal opinion is that you do not have what it
takes. I hope you prove me wrong; I doubt you will.

Morrible exits. Galinda stands there in shocked dismay. Fiyero comes over to her.

FIYERO
What is it?

GALINDA
(shaken)
I got what I wanted.

FIYERO
Then… what’s the matter?

GALINDA
(trying to convince herself)
Nothing!

FIYERO
Good—let’s dance.

But as they turn to make their way to the dance floor—THERE’S ELPHABA, standing in
the entrance way, wearing the black pointy hat. All abruptly stop dancing, seeing
her.There’s a RIPPLE OF WHISPERED REACTION.

Elphaba slowly looks around the room. She can see that she’s been tricked.

Nessarose, mortified, buries her face in her hands. Seeing this, Elphaba takes the hat off
her head, and starts towards her sister apologetically. But Nessarose wheels herself away
angrily.

Elphaba deliberately moves to the center of the room and stares directly at Galinda.
Then, defiantly, still looking at Galinda, she puts the hat back on her head. And as
everyone watches, she starts to dance by herself.

FIYERO
(staring at Elphaba, amazed)
Who – in Oz—is that?

GALINDA
My roommate. Please don’t stare.
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10-17-03
FIYERO
How can you help it?
(goes back to staring)
I’ll say this much for her-- she doesn’t give a twig what anyone
else thinks.

GALINDA
Of course she does. She just pretends not to.
(turns away, looks down at the wand in her hand)
Oh, I feel awful!

FIYERO
Well, it’s not like it’s your fault.

GALINDA
(looks up at him, stricken)
Excuse me.

Galinda crosses to Elphaba, who is still dancing. She taps her on the shoulder.

GALINDA (CONT’D)
May I cut in?

Elphaba looks at her. Galinda begins to dance in “Elphaba-style”. Elphaba allows her to
embarrass herself for a while. But then gradually, the Others pick up the dance too, and it
is clear that Elphaba has been accepted. As Elphaba and Galinda dance and the others
join them …

ALL (BUT GALINDA AND ELPHABA)


DANCING THROUGH LIFE
DOWN AT THE OZDUST
IF ONLY BECAUSE DUST
IS WHAT WE COME TO
AND THE STRANGE THING:
YOUR LIFE COULD END UP CHANGING
WHILE YOU’RE DANCING
THROUGH …

We transition to:
I-7-39
10-10-03
ACT ONE, Scene 7: ELPHABA AND GALINDA’S DORM ROOM.
Both girls have clearly been up all night, talking.

GALINDA
Your very first party? Ever?

ELPHABA
Do funerals count?

GALINDA
But your very first party!
(beat)
I know! Let’s each tell the other something we’ve never told
anyone! I’ll go first: Fiyero and I are going to be married!

ELPHABA
(stunned)
He’s asked you already?

GALINDA
Oh, he doesn’t know yet.
(beat)
Now you tell me a secret.

ELPHABA
Like what?

GALINDA
Like --
(as she retrieves it)
Why do you sleep with this funny little green bottle under your
pillow?

ELPHABA
(fiercely, grabbing at it)
Give that back!

GALINDA
(holds it out of reach)
Come on-- tell.

ELPHABA
It was my mother’s, that’s all.

Elphaba rips the bottle away from Galinda, and shoves it back under her pillow.

GALINDA
Well, that’s not fair, I told you a really good one.
I-7-40
10-21-03
ELPHABA
My father hates me.
(Galinda stares at her, stunned)
That’s not the secret. The secret is—he has a good reason.
(off Galinda’s expression; a statement of fact)
It’s my fault.

GALINDA
(instantly fascinated)
What, what is?

ELPHABA
That my sister is… the way she is.
(decides to trust her with all of it)
You see, when our mother was carrying Nessa, our father began to
worry… that the new baby might come out—

ELPHABA AND GALINDA


(in unison)
--Green.

ELPHABA
He was so worried, he made our mother chew milk flowers, day
and night. Only it made Nessa come too soon... with her little legs
all tangled. And our mother-- never woke up. None of which
would ever have happened… if not for me.

GALINDA
But-- that was the milk flower’s fault, not yours!
(with compassion)
That may be your secret, Elphaba. But it doesn’t make it true.

She looks out the window, sees the sun rising…

GALINDA (CONT’D)
Look-- it’s tomorrow! And Elphie-- is it all right if I call you
Elphie?

ELPHABA
Well, it’s a little perky …

GALINDA
(forges on)
And you can call me-- Galinda. You see Elphie, now that we’re
friends, I’ve decided to make you my new project.
I-7-41
8-25-03
ELPHABA
You really don’t have to do that.

GALINDA
(brightly)
I know. That’s what makes me so nice!
(sings)
WHENEVER I SEE SOMEONE
LESS FORTUNATE THAN I
(AND LET’S FACE IT -- WHO ISN’T
LESS FORTUNATE THAN I?)
MY TENDER HEART
TENDS TO START TO BLEED
AND WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS A MAKEOVER
I SIMPLY HAVE TO TAKE OVER
I KNOW I KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED
AND EVEN IN YOUR CASE
THO’ IT’S THE TOUGHEST CASE I’VE YET TO FACE
DON’T WORRY -- I’M DETERMINED TO SUCCEED
FOLLOW MY LEAD
AND YES, INDEED
YOU WILL BE...

POPULAR!
YOU’RE GONNA BE POPULAR!
I’LL TEACH YOU THE PROPER PLOYS
WHEN YOU TALK TO BOYS
LITTLE WAYS TO FLIRT AND FLOUNCE
I’LL SHOW YOU WHAT SHOES TO WEAR
HOW TO FIX YOUR HAIR
EVERYTHING THAT REALLY COUNTS

TO BE POPULAR!
I’LL HELP YOU BE POPULAR!
YOU’LL HANG WITH THE RIGHT COHORTS
YOU’LL BE GOOD AT SPORTS
KNOW THE SLANG YOU’VE GOT TO KNOW
SO LET’S START
‘CAUSE YOU’VE GOT AN AWF’LLY LONG WAY TO GO...

DON’T BE OFFENDED BY MY FRANK ANALYSIS


THINK OF IT AS PERSONALITY DIALYSIS
NOW THAT I’VE CHOSEN TO BECOME A PAL, A SIS-
TER AND ADVISER
THERE’S NOBODY WISER
NOT WHEN IT COMES TO POPULAR --
I KNOW ABOUT POPULAR
AND WITH AN ASSIST FROM ME
TO BE WHO YOU’LL BE
INSTEAD OF DREARY WHO-YOU-WERE... ARE...
I-7-42
9-8-03(R)
GALINDA (CONT’D)
THERE’S NOTHING THAT CAN STOP YOU
FROM BECOMING POPU-
LER... LAR...
LA LA LA LA
WE’RE GONNA MAKE
YOU POPULAR...

WHEN I SEE DEPRESSING CREATURES


WITH UNPREPOSSESSING FEATURES
I REMIND THEM ON THEIR OWN BEHALF
TO THINK OF
CELEBRATED HEADS OF STATE OR
SPECIALLY GREAT COMMUNICATORS
DID THEY HAVE BRAINS OR KNOWLEDGE?
DON’T MAKE ME LAUGH!

THEY WERE POPULAR! PLEASE--


IT’S ALL ABOUT POPULAR!
IT’S NOT ABOUT APTITUDE
IT’S THE WAY YOU’RE VIEWED
SO IT’S VERY SHREWD TO BE
VERY VERY POPULAR
LIKE ME!

ELPHABA
This is never going to work...

GALINDA
Elphie! You mustn’t think that way anymore! Your whole life is
going to change! And all because of me! First: hair. See? This is
how you toss your hair -- Toss. Toss.

She demonstrates and Elphaba tries.

GALINDA (CONT’D)
Well—you’ll practice! And now--
(She picks up her new magic wand)
I shall transform your simple “frock” into a magnificent ball gown.
(She gestures with the wand. Nothing happens.)
Ball gown.
(Looks at the wand)
Is this on?

She shakes the wand again, then when nothing happens…

ELPHABA
You want me to try?
I-7-43
10-21-03
GALINDA
Oh-just-wear-the-frock-it’s-pretty!
(Tosses the wand. Then, brightens as she gets another idea)
Oh-- and this!

She takes a flower from her own hair, pins it into Elphaba’s...

GALINDA (CONT’D)
Pink goes good with green.
(hushed)
Why, Miss Elphaba-- look at you. You’re beautiful.

She shows Elphaba herself in a mirror. Elphaba stares at herself... for a moment it seems
possible. And then-- she forces herself to turn away.

ELPHABA
I-- I have to go--

And she rushes off.

GALINDA
(Calls after her)
You’re welcome!
(sings)
AND THO’ YOU PROTEST
YOUR DISINTEREST
I KNOW CLANDESTINEDLY
YOU’RE GONNA GRIN AND BEAR IT
YOUR NEW-FOUND POPULARITY --
LA LA LA LA
YOU’LL BE POPULAR
JUST NOT QUITE AS POPULAR
AS ME!

AND WE TRANSITION TO:


I-8-44
10-6-03

ACT ONE, Scene 8: THE LECTURE HALL. As students gather for class, Dillamond
stands at the blackboard, waiting for them to assemble.

Elphaba, down stage, covertly practices hair-tossing. She wears Galinda’s flower in her
hair, and perhaps another piece of Galinda’s frippery. Fiyero enters, stares at her. She
sees him—immediately stops the hair tossing. He continues to stare, until…

ELPHABA
What.

FIYERO
Nothing. It’s just--
(can’t resist)
You’ve been Galinda-fied!
(she just looks at him)
You don’t need to do that, you know.

He moves off. Elphaba, embarrassed, moves further off to one side, self-consciously
takes the flower out of her hair. All at once, Dillamond turns to the assembled students.

DILLAMOND
Settle down class—I’ve something to say, and very little time.
(with urgency)
My dear students—this is my last day, here at Shiz.
I am no longer permitted to teach.

ELPHABA
What?
(rockets angrily to her feet)

DILLAMOND
Please, Miss Elphaba—I want to thank you all, for sharing with me
your – enthusiasm, your essays, however feebly structured, and
even, on occasion --
(smiles at Elphaba)
Your lunch.

Morrible has entered the classroom, accompanied by several GOVERNMENT


OFFICIALS.

MORRIBLE
Oh, Doctor, I’m so terribly sorry.

ELPHABA
Madame, you can’t permit this!

DILLAMOND
Miss Elphaba—don’t worry about me. They can take away my job,
but I shall continue speaking out!
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One of the Officials yanks him…

FIRST OFFICIAL
Come on, Goat!

As Two of the Officials start to lead him away…

DILLAMOND
You’re not being told the whole story! Remember that, class--!

They take him away.

ELPHABA
Doctor Dillamond--!
(to the class)
Are we all just going to sit here? In silence?

MORRIBLE
(sympathetically)
Miss Elphaba, I’m afraid there’s nothing we can do.
(Elphaba hesitates)
Please, my dear-- take your seat.

Elphaba reluctantly does so. There’s only one seat left, next to Fiyero. Morrible steps
aside, as ANOTHER OFFICIAL steps forward.

OFFICIAL
Good afternoon, Students. More and more everyday, with each tick
of the Time Dragon Clock, in every corner of Our Great Oz, one
hears the Silence of Progress.

He holds up a cage, which contains a Lion Cub. A quizzical reaction from the class.

OFFICIAL (CONT’D)
For example: This is called a “cage”. You’ll be seeing more and
more of them in the future. This remarkable innovation is actually
for the Animals’ own good, and—

ELPHABA
(loudly)
If it’s so good for him, why is he trembling?

OFFICIAL
He’s excited to be here, that’s all. As I was saying-- one of the
benefits of caging a Lion Cub this young is that he will never, in
fact, learn how to speak!

One by one, the other students hesitantly draw closer, gather around the cage, as…
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ELPHABA
Oh no!

The other students start to move closer to the cage…

OFFICIAL
(to the students)
That’s right, gather ‘round…

ELPHABA
(to Fiyero, horrified)
Can you imagine a world where Animals are kept in cages? And
they never speak?

The Official and then covers the cage…

OFFICIAL
(peeking under the cage-cover)
He does seem a bit agitated. But that’s easily remedied…
(he takes out a syringe)

ELPHABA
(still to Fiyero)
What are we going to do?!

FIYERO
We?!

ELPHABA
Well, somebody has to do something!

And suddenly-- as though by an unheard command-- ALL PRESENT (except for


Elphaba and Fiyero) SUDDENLY FREEZE. Perhaps they BEGIN TO MOVE in a
bizarre, trance-like fashion.

FIYERO
What’s happening--?

ELPHABA
I-- don’t know! I got mad, and --

FIYERO
Alright just-- don’t move! And don’t get mad at me--

Fiyero rushes up to the cage, grabs it, and runs back to Elphaba.

FIYERO (CONT’D)
Well? Are you coming?
They run out ...
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ACT ONE, Scene 9. SOMEWHERE ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CAMPUS, in a


natural setting. Elphaba and Fiyero (carrying the cub) rush in, stop to catch their breath.

ELPHABA
Careful-- don’t shake him!

FIYERO
I’m not!

ELPHABA
And we can’t let him loose just anywhere, you know. We’ve got to
find someplace safe!

FIYERO
I realize that!
(beat)
You think I’m really stupid, don’t you.

ELPHABA
No! Not really stupid.

FIYERO
(defensive)
Why is it every time I see you you’re causing some sort of
commotion?

ELPHABA
I don’t cause commotions, I am one!

FIYERO
That’s for sure.

ELPHABA
Oh, so I should just keep my mouth shut—is that what you’re
saying?

FIYERO
(rattled)
No, I’m saying—

ELPHABA
You think I want to be this way, you think I want to care this
much?

FIYERO
All I meant was--

ELPHABA
You think I don’t know how much easier my life would be if I
didn’t?
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FIYERO
Do you ever let anyone else talk?

ELPHABA
Oh. Sorry.
(then…)
But can I just say one more thing?
(he makes a gesture: “how can I stop you?”)
You could have walked away back there.

FIYERO
So?

ELPHABA
So no matter how shallow and self-absorbed you pretend to be--

FIYERO
Excuse me, there’s no pretense here: I happen to be genuinely
self-absorbed and deeply shallow.

ELPHABA
(seeing him)
No. You’re not. Or you wouldn’t be so unhappy.

Fiyero’s stunned. And all at once extremely uncomfortable…

FIYERO
Fine. Look—if you don’t want my help--!

ELPHABA
No, I do--!

She grabs his arm. There’s a charged moment. Then she instantly takes her hand away.
Turns to back to the cub, to cover her emotion.

ELPHABA
It’s heart is pounding. I didn’t mean to frighten him.

FIYERO
What did you mean to do? And why was I the only one you didn’t
do it to?
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But they can’t stop looking at each other.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
You’re bleeding.

FIYERO
(still staring)
I am?

ELPHABA
(staring, mesmerized)
It must have scratched you.

Fiyero nods; continues to stare at her.

FIYERO
Yeah.
(beat)
Or maybe it... scratched me, or something.

Elphaba reaches out to touch his face.

FIYERO (CONT’D)
Well. I better get to safety. I mean-- the cub--

ELPHABA
Yes-- of course--

FIYERO
Get the cub to safety—

He runs off. She instinctively starts after him—

ELPHABA
(calls out)
Fiyero—

But he’s gone.

ELPHABA
HANDS TOUCH, EYES MEET
SUDDEN SILENCE, SUDDEN HEAT
HEARTS LEAP IN A GIDDY WHIRL
HE COULD BE THAT BOY
BUT I’M NOT THAT GIRL

DON’T DREAM TOO FAR


DON’T LOSE SIGHT OF WHO YOU ARE
DON’T REMEMBER THAT RUSH OF JOY
HE COULD BE THAT BOY
I’M NOT THAT GIRL
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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
EV’RY SO OFTEN WE LONG TO STEAL
TO THE LAND OF WHAT-MIGHT-HAVE-BEEN
BUT THAT DOESN’T SOFTEN THE ACHE WE FEEL
WHEN REALITY SETS BACK IN

BLITHE SMILE, LITHE LIMB


SHE WHO’S WINSOME, SHE WINS HIM
GOLD HAIR WITH A GENTLE CURL
THAT’S THE GIRL HE CHOSE
AND HEAVEN KNOWS
I’M NOT THAT GIRL...

Elphaba sees Fiyero and Galinda walking together upstage, nestled together intimately
beneath an umbrella, for it has evidently begun to rain where they are. Elphaba watches
them covertly. Fiyero senses her watching and, as Glinda exits, he looks back, but
Elphaba hides so he cannot see her. He exits after Galinda.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
DON’T WISH, DON’T START
WISHING ONLY WOUNDS THE HEART
I WASN’T BORN FOR THE ROSE AND PEARL
THERE’S A GIRL I KNOW
HE LOVES HER SO
I’M NOT THAT GIRL...

The song ends.

Morrible enters, holding an umbrella.

MORRIBLE
Miss Elphaba, there you are!

And Elphaba turns, startled…

ELPHABA
Madame Morrible--!

As Elphaba joins her under the umbrella…

MORRIBLE
(beaming)
Oh, I have thrillifying news! I’ve finally heard back from the
Wizard, and my dear-- he wishes to meet you!

She holds out a green envelope. Elphaba stares at it, then at her; stunned.

ELPHABA
He asked for me, personally?
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MORRIBLE
I know how devastrated you were, the other day—for our poor
Doctor Dillamond. But you see-- one door closes; and another
opens.

ELPHABA
I don’t know what to say! Madame, how can I ever thank you!?

She tries to embrace her, but the umbrella get in the way…

MORRIBLE
Careful, my dear, you mustn’t get wet. Wait-- I know!

She makes a sudden dramatic gesture, and The RAIN INSTANTLY STOPS. She happily
closes the umbrella. Elphaba looks at her, stunned.

MORRIBLE
Oh, didn’t I ever mention? Weather is my specialty.
(turns to Elphaba, joyfully)
Oz speed, my dear.
(sings:)
NOW YOU’RE OFF TO MEET THE WIZARD
MAKE ME PROUD!

ELPHABA
I will-- I’LL TRY …

Morrible exits and we begin to transition to a train station, as Elphaba stands lost in
Joyous thought …

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
AND THERE WE’LL FINALLY BE:
THE WIZARD AND I …
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ACT ONE, Scene 10. A TRAIN STATION.

CONDUCTOR (Sean M.)


All aboard!

Elphaba is joined by Galinda …

GALINDA
Now remember—don’t be afraid to tell him how wonderful he is--
Wizards love that. Oh, and be yourself…well, within reason.

Boq and Nessarose are there as well. They wave to Elphaba, approach--

NESSAROSE
Elphaba--! I am so proud of you. I know Father will be too.
We’re all proud.
(to Boq)
Aren’t we?

Boq doesn’t respond, he’s staring at Galinda.

ELPHABA
(to Nessarose)
Will you be alright, without me?

GALINDA
She’ll be fine… Bick will keep her company. Won’t you, Bick?

That did it: Boq crosses to Galinda, stands there, in mute confrontation. Galinda takes a
step back from him.

BOQ
It’s Boq. And I can’t do this anymore.

A stunned beat, Boq exits, as…

NESSAROSE
Boq--!

But he’s gone.

GALINDA
(guiltily)
Nessa… Maybe he just isn’t the right one. For you.

NESSAROSE
No. He’s the one. It’s me that’s not right. Don’t worry about me,
Elphaba. I’ll be fine. Safe journey.
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She wheels herself off. Elphaba involuntarily starts after her.

ELPHABA
Nessa, wait--!

GALINDA
Elphie, let her go.
(firmly, with love)
She’ll have to manage without you.
(a bit sadly)
We all will.
She turns away—

ELPHABA
Oh-- you’ll barely notice I’m gone! You have Fiyero.
(Galinda doesn’t respond. Elphaba tries to sound casual)
Where is he, anyway?
(again, no response)
Not that I—expected him to say goodbye to me. We barely know
each other.

All at once Galinda turns back to her, distraught…

GALINDA
I don’t know him either. Not anymore. He’s distant, and
moodified… and he’s been thinking, which really worries me. It
all started that day Doctor Dillamond was fired. I never knew he
cared so much about that old Goat!

Before Elphaba can respond, Fiyero appears, looks around…

GALINDA (CONT’D)
(instantly thrilled)
Wait, there he is--! Oh, he did come!
(calls out, motions)
Fiyero! Over here, dearest!

Fiyero joins them.

FIYERO
Elphaba, I’m happy for you.

GALINDA
(proprietarily puts her arm through Fiyero’s)
Yes, we are both so happy.
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FIYERO
(an awkward pause, then…)
I was thinking...

ELPHABA
Yes, I—heard.

FIYERO
About that Lion Cub. And … everything …
(beat)
I think about that day a lot.

ELPHABA
So do I.

GALINDA
Oh— me too! I think about it constantly! Poor Doctor Dillamond--
it makes one want to -- take a stand! In fact, I’ve been thinking
of—of -- changing my name!

Both Elphaba and Fiyero look at each other and then back to Galinda, dumbfounded.

FIYERO
Your name?

GALINDA
Well, yes -- Since Doctor Dillamond had his own way of
pronouncing my name, in solidarity, and to express my… uh…
outrage…
(A noble sacrifice)
I will henceforward be known-- no longer as “Ga” linda... but as
simply: “Glinda.”

She waits for them to express their admiring approval. A horrible silence. Then…

FIYERO
Well. That’s very admirable --uh – “Glinda”…
(backs away)

GLINDA
Fiyero —

FIYERO
Elphaba …good luck.

And he rushes off. Galinda (now Glinda) turns to Elphaba, devastated.

GLINDA
There! You see?

She starts to cry.


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ELPHABA
Don’t cry, Galinda…

GLINDA
(through bitter tears)
It’s Glinda now. Stupid idea, I don’t even know what made me say it--

ELPHABA
Oh, it doesn’t matter what your name is – everyone loves you!

GLINDA
(in pain)
I don’t care-- I want him! I don’t even think he’s perfect anymore,
and I still want him!
(an amazed realization)
This must be what other people feel like. How do they bear it?

She BURSTS INTO FRESH TEARS. Elphaba embraces her.

ELPHABA
(takes a deep breath, then)
Come with me.

GLINDA
(muffled by the embrace)
Where?

ELPHABA
To the Emerald City.

GLINDA
Really?

And as their conversation continues, THE SCENE STARTS TO CHANGE BEHIND


THEM AND WE HEAR—

TOURISTS
ONE SHORT DAY
IN THE EMERALD CITY...

GLINDA
(looks up)
I’ve always wanted to see the Emerald City.

TOURISTS
ONE SHORT DAY
IN THE EMERALD CITY ...

AND WE TRANSITION TO—


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ACT ONE, Scene 12: The Emerald City.

TOURISTS
ONE SHORT DAY
IN THE EMERALD CITY
ONE SHORT DAY
FULL OF SO MUCH TO DO
EV’RY WAY
THAT YOU LOOK IN THIS CITY
THERE’S SOMETHING EXQUISITE
YOU’LL WANT TO VISIT
BEFORE THE DAY’S THROUGH!

Elphaba and Glinda appear among them, both clearly awed by the splendor of the place.
Elphaba is all in black and wears the peaked hat, and Glinda of course, is dressed to the
nines – maybe even the tens!

ELPHABA
THERE ARE BUILDINGS 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
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ELPHABA
SO I’LL BE BACK FOR GOOD SOMEDAY

GLINDA
TO MAKE MY LIFE AND MAKE MY WAY

BOTH
BUT FOR TODAY, WE’LL WANDER AND ENJOY …
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ALL
ONE SHORT DAY
IN THE EMERALD CITY
ONE SHORT DAY
TO HAVE ALIFETIME OF FUN
ONE SHORT DAY…

ELPHABA AND GLINDA


AND WE’RE WARNING THE CITY:
NOW THAT WE’RE IN HERE
YOU’LL KNOW WE’VE BEEN HERE

ALL
BEFORE WE ARE DONE!

They are in front of a Broadway style marquee that reads “WIZ-O-MANIA.”


TOURISTS pour into the theatre. Glinda takes in the scene, enthralled—

GLINDA
The night-life! The hustle and bustle! It’s all so…Ozmopolitan!
(noticing Elphaba, standing there, not moving)
Elphie, come on—we’ll be late for Wizomania!”

ELPHABA
I want to remember this moment. Always. Nobody’s staring.
Nobody’s pointing. For the first time, I’m somewhere… where I
belong.

GLINDA
(holds out her hand, affectionately)
You look positively -- emerald!

They take each others hands and run into the theatre, where they join an AUDIENCE
watching a production number. A pulchritudinous CHORUS SINGS as a cardboard
balloon descends. THE AUDIENCE in the theatre, including Elphaba and Glinda, OOH
and AHH and APPLAUD this “special effect...”

WIZOMANIA CHORUS
WHO’S THE MAGE
WHOSE MAJOR ITINERARY
IS MAKING ALL OZ MERRIER?
WHO’S THE SAGE
WHO SAGELY SAILED IN TO SAVE
OUR POSTERIERS?
WHOSE ENTHUSE FOR HOT AIR BALLOONING
HAS ALL OF OZ HONEYMOONING?
WOO -- OO -- OO ...
WIZ-N’T HE WONDERFUL?
(OUR WONDERFUL WIZARD!)
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The Wiz-o-maniacs repeat the chorus as Elphaba, Glinda and the rest of the audience sing
in counterpoint:

AUDIENCE WIZOMANIA CHORUS


ONE SHORT DAY WHO’S THE MAGE
IN THE EMERALD WHOSE MAJOR ITINERARY
CITY IS MAKING ALL OZ MERRIER
ONE SHORT DAY WHO’S THE SAGE WHO
TO HAVE A LIFETIME OF SAGELY SAILED IN TO SAVE
FUN OUR POSTERIOR

ALL
WHAT A WAY
TO BE SEEING THE CITY...

The scene dissolves; Glinda and Elphaba are back on the street, heading for the Palace.

ELPHABA AND GLINDA


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 …

They look at each other, realizing that what Glinda has just said is true.

ALL
SHARING ONE WONDERFUL
ONE SHORT …

A Guard pops his head out of the door to the Wizard’s Palace --

GUARD
The Wizard will see you now!

ALL
DAY!
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10-11-03
ACT ONE, Scene 13: INSIDE THE WIZARD’S PALACE.

Elphaba and Glinda walk down a hallway. They round a corner-- and stop dead in their
tracks, seeing AN ENORMOUS HEAD, on a jeweled encrusted throne. THE HEAD
SPEAKS.

HEAD
I -- am -- Oz!

The two girls clutch each other, terrified...

ELPHABA
Oh!

GLINDA
Oh, Elphie--

HEAD
I -- am -- Oz. The Great and Terrible. Who are you, and why do
you seek me?

ELPHABA
Uh--

GLINDA
Say something, say something--

ELPHABA
I am-- Elphaba Thropp, your Terrible-ness. And this is—

All of a sudden, ANOTHER VOICE, an affable, human one, interrupts--

HEAD
Oh, is that you, Elphaba--? I didn’t realize—

AND WITH AN ODD, MECHANIZED SOUND, THE HEAD dissolves, and out from
behind the head steps THE WIZARD, smiling warmly--

WIZARD
I hope I didn’t startle you – it’s so hard to make out people’s faces
when I’m back there.
(looks from one to the other)
So, let’s see-- which is which?
(points)
Elphaba?

Elphaba is speechless, too star-struck to move or say anything. He generously takes her
hand for her and shakes it.

WIZARD (CONT’D)
A pleasure, Elphaba. And you must be --
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GLINDA
Glinda. The “ga” is silent.

The Wizard sees Elphaba staring at the enormous Head.

WIZARD
(Gesturing to it)
I know, it’s a bit much, isn’t it? But people expect this sort of
thing, and you have to give people what they want. Truth is, I
hardly ever let anyone meet the real me.
(Smiles at Elphaba)
But this being a special occasion….

ELPHABA
(shyly)
I’m so happy to meet you.

WIZARD
Well, that’s good--cuz that’s what I love best – making people
happy.
(Sings)
I AM A SENTIMENTAL MAN
WHO ALWAYS LONGED TO BE A FATHER
THAT’S WHY I DO THE BEST I CAN
TO TREAT EACH CITIZEN OF OZ AS SON --
(beams at Elphaba)
OR DAUGHTER
AND ELPHABA, I’D LIKE TO RAISE YOU HIGH
‘CUZ I THINK EV’RYONE DESERVES
THE CHANCE TO FLY
AND HELPING YOU WITH YOUR ASCENT AL-
LOWS ME TO FEEL SO PARENTAL
FOR I AM A SENTIMENTAL MAN …

ELPHABA
Oh, your Ozness, I knew you’d help. I’m here –-
(goes to include Glinda)
We’re here – to alert you to something bad happening in …

WIZARD
Please, I’m the Wizard of Oz – I already know why you’ve come.

ELPHABA AND GLINDA


(Impressed)
Oooh …

WIZARD
And I fully intend to grant your request. Of course, you must
prove yourself first!
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GLINDA
Of course!
(Sotto voce, to Elphaba)
Prove yourself, prove yourself--!

ELPHABA
But how?

WIZARD
Oh, I don’t know…
(Sings)
SOME SORT OF GESTURE
MOSTLY FOR SHOW
SOMETHING TO TEST YOUR ADEPTNESS --
I KNOW!
(Calls)
Madame—the Book!

And to the girl’s amazement, a splendidly dressed Madame Morrible enters, followed by
CHISTERY, the Wizard’s Monkey Servant, who carries a LARGE, ANCIENT, BOOK.

MADAME MORRIBLE
Right away, your Ozness!

GLINDA
Madame Morrible!

WIZARD
I believe you’re well acquainted with my new Press Secretary!

ELPHABA
Press Secretary?

MORRIBLE
Yes, dearies, I’ve risen up in the world. You’ll find that the Wizard
is a very generous man. If you do something for him, he’ll do
much for you.

Morrible beams at The Wizard, who smiles back at her.

ELPHABA
But – what would you like me to do?

WIZARD
Well—this is my Monkey Servant, Chistery. He watches the birds
so longingly every morning…

MORRIBLE
So his Ozness was thinking—perhaps a Levitation Spell!

And she holds the book out to Elphaba.


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GLINDA
(stares at the book, in awe)
I don’t believe it. Is that…The Grimmerie!?

MORRIBLE
Yes. The Ancient Book of Thaumaturgy and Enchantments.

GLINDA
Can I touch it?

MORRIBLE
No.

She carefully places the Book in Elphaba’s arms. Elphaba studies the Book.

ELPHABA
What funny writing.

MORRIBLE
It’s a lost language -- the lost language of spells.

WIZARD
A kind of recipe book, for change.

MORRIBLE
Now don’t be discouraged if you can’t decipher-ate it, dearie.
I myself can only read a spell or two, and that took years and years
of--

She breaks off in amazement, hearing--

ELPHABA
(hesitantly)
“Ah… tay…? Tah… tay?

MORRIBLE
Merciful Oz!
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WIZARD
(Smiles affectionately at his Monkey)
Oh, Chistery! What an experience you’re about to have.

He sings to Elphaba as she chants the spell in counterpoint.

WIZARD (CONT’D)
SINCE ONCE I HAD MY OWN DAY IN THE SKY
I SAY EV’RY ONE DESERVES A CHANCE TO FLY…

Suddenly Chistery, the Monkey, begins to tremble and twitch, and then to SHRIEK as if in pain.
Elphaba abruptly breaks off chanting.

ELPHABA
(to Chistery)
What is it? Is something wrong?

MORRIBLE
It’s just the transition, dear.

ELPHABA
Chistery --? Are you all right?

All at once, Chistery frantically tears at his waistcoat.

ELPHABA
Why can’t he answer me?

Suddenly, wings sprout from Chistery’s back!

WIZARD
Glory-osky!

GLINDA
(In proud amazement, to Elphaba)
You did it! You actually --

ELPHABA
No, no, he’s in pain --!
(to Morrible)
Quick -- How do I reverse it!?

MORRIBLE
You can’t.

ELPHABA
What?
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MORRIBLE
You can’t reverse the spell, spells are un-reversible.
(Excitedly, to the Wizard)
I knew it! I knew she had the power, I told you!

ELPHABA
(backs away from Morrible)
You-- you planned all this--?

MORRIBLE
(to Elphaba)
For you too, dearie! You benefit too!

WIZARD
And this is only the beginning! Look!

TheWizard pulls a lever and the back of the stage opens to reveal an enormous cage, full
of CHATTERING, SHRIEKING MONKEYS, all with wings on their backs.

WIZARD
If this is what you can do your first time out, sky’s the limit!

MORRIBLE
(admiring them)
Such wing span! Oh, won’t they make perfect spies!

ELPHABA
Spies?

WIZARD
You’re right, that’s a harsh word. What about “Scouts?”
That’s what they’ll be really -- They’ll fly around Oz, and report
any subversive Animal activity…

ELPHABA
So it’s you? You’re behind it all?

WIZARD
Elphaba – When I first got here, there was discord and discontent.
And where I come from, everyone knows: the best way to bring
folks together, is to give them a really good enemy.
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ELPHABA
(the realization is growing)
You can’t read this book at all. Can you. That’s why you need an
enemy. And spies. And cages. You have no real power!

WIZARD
Exactly. And that’s why I need you!
(enthusiastically)
Don’cha see -- the world’s your oyster now! You have so many
opportunities ahead of you!
(to Glinda)
You both do.

GLINDA
Oh, thank you, you’re Ozness!

WIZARD
THE TWO OF YOU, IT’S TIME I RAISED YOU HIGH
YES, THE TIME HAS COME
FOR YOU TO HAVE THE CHANCE TO —

ELPHABA
No!

And with the book of spells still clutched in her hands she runs out of the room...

MORRIBLE
Elphaba!

GLINDA
Elphie! Wait!
(to Wizard)
I’m sorry your-- Wizard-ness! I’ll fetch her back!

She rushes out, calling--

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Elphie--!

WIZARD
We’ve got to get her back! She knows too much!

The Wizard rushes back behind his head...

MORRIBLE
Don’t worry, your Ozness. I’ll handle it.

She goes off purposefully, as The GIANT HEAD reappears--


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HEAD
Guards! Guards! There’s a fugitive at large in the Palace--

PALACE GUARDS appear, as...

HEAD (CONT’D)
Find her! Capture her! Bring her to me!

GUARDS
Yes, Your Oz-ness!

The Guards stampede from the room-- as we HEAR:

GLINDA (V.O.)
Elphie, stop! Wait -- where are you going? Elphie!!

A DOOR IN THE FLOOR swings open, and Elphaba, followed closely by Glinda,
clambers up into ...
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ACT ONE, Scene 14: THE UPPERMOST TURRET OF THE WIZARD’S PALACE.
It is a tiny barren room, a kind of supply closet containing a few old rags and an old
broom in a corner. There is one large window, overlooking the rooftops of the Emerald
City.

ELPHABA
There are no more stairs…
(looking around desperately)
This must be the attic—

GLINDA
Elphaba, listen to me --

ELPHABA
The guards are coming up. We’ll have to barricade the door!

GLINDA
What!?

Elphaba looks around desperately for something to barricade the door with; she spots a
broom, grabs it--
ELPHABA
I’ll use this—

Elphaba descends a couple of steps and wedges the door shut with the broom. As she
comes back up ...

GLINDA
Why couldn’t you have stayed calm, for once! Instead of flying
off the handle -- !
(sings)
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY NOW
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY HOW YOU
HURT YOUR CAUSE FOREVER
I HOPE YOU THINK YOU’RE CLEVER

ELPHABA
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY TOO
I HOPE YOU’RE PROUD HOW YOU
WOULD GROVEL IN SUBMISSION
TO FEED YOUR OWN AMBITION
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BOTH
SO THOUGH I CAN’T IMAGINE HOW
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY RIGHT NOW...

Suddenly, on a balcony high above, we see MADAME MORRIBLE

MADAME MORRIBLE
Citizens of Oz! There is an enemy who must be found and
captured. Believe nothing she says! She’s evil, responsible for
the mutilation of these poor innocent monkeys!

GLINDA
Oh no--

MADAME MORRIBLE
Her green skin is but an outward manifestorium of her twisted
nature. This-- distortion, this-- repulsion, this-- Wicked Witch!

AS THE ANNOUNCEMENT CONTINUES--

GLINDA
Don’t be afraid.

ELPHABA
(a discovery)
I’m not. It’s the Wizard who should be afraid. Of me.

GLINDA
Elphie, listen to me. Just say you’re sorry. Before it’s too late …
(sings)
YOU CAN STILL BE WITH THE WIZARD
WHAT YOU’VE WORKED AND WAITED FOR
YOU CAN HAVE ALL YOU EVER WANTED …

ELPHABA
I know --
BUT I DON’T WANT IT –
No -- I CAN’T WANT IT
ANYMORE …

SOMETHING HAS CHANGED WITHIN ME


SOMETHING IS NOT THE SAME
I’M THROUGH WITH PLAYING BY THE RULES
OF SOMEONE ELSE’S GAME
TOO LATE FOR SECOND GUESSING
TOO LATE TO GO BACK TO SLEEP
IT’S TIME TO TRUST MY INSTINCTS
CLOSE MY EYES AND LEAP

IT’S TIME TO TRY


DEFYING GRAVITY
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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
I THINK I’LL TRY
DEFYING GRAVITY
AND YOU CAN’T PULL ME DOWN...

GLINDA
CAN’T I MAKE YOU UNDERSTAND, YOU’RE
HAVING DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR...?

ELPHABA
I’M THROUGH ACCEPTING LIMITS
‘CAUSE SOMEONE SAYS THEY’RE SO
SOME THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE
BUT TILL I TRY, I’LL NEVER KNOW
TOO LONG I’VE BEEN AFRAID OF
LOSING LOVE I GUESS I’VE LOST
WELL, IF THAT’S LIFE
IT COMES AT JUST TOO HIGH A COST
I’D SOONER BUY
DEFYING GRAVITY
KISS ME GOODBYE
I’M DEFYING GRAVITY
AND YOU CAN’T PULL ME DOWN...

LOUD POUNDING FROM BELOW...

GUARD’S VOICES
Open this door--! In the name of His Supreme Ozness!

Elphaba grabs the book of spells, pages through it furiously—

GLINDA
What are you doing?

Elphaba finds a page, immediately starts to CHANT FEVERISHLY UNDER HER


BREATH—
GLINDA (CONT’D)
Stop it! That’s what started all this in the first place, that hideous
Levitation Spell!

Elphaba ignores her, continues chanting...

GLINDA (CONT’D)
STOP!

Glinda covers her face, frightened to see the results of the chanting. Elphaba stops.
Glinda uncovers her face. Then—
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GLINDA (CONT’D)
Well? Where are your wings?
(beat)
Maybe you’re not as powerful as you think you are.

But suddenly, what should come floating up but – THE BROOM, which has freed itself
from the door handle! It floats towards Elphaba!

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Sweet Oz!

ELPHABA
I told you, Glinda. Didn’t I tell you?!

WE HEAR MORE POUNDING, and Guard’s VOICES...

GUARD’S VOICE
Bash it in! Fetch the battering ramikin!

Elphaba grabs the broom.

ELPHABA
Quick! Get on!

Glinda stares at her. Shocked.

GLINDA
What?

ELPHABA
Come with me. Think of what we could do... together.
(sings)
UNLIMITED
TOGETHER WE’RE UNLIMITED
TOGETHER WE’LL BE THE GREATEST TEAM
THERE’S EVER BEEN
GLINDA—
DREAMS THE WAY WE PLANNED ‘EM

GLINDA
IF WE WORK IN TANDEM …

BOTH
THERE’S NO FIGHT WE CANNOT WIN
JUST YOU AND I
DEFYING GRAVITY
WITH YOU AND I
DEFYING GRAVITY

ELPHABA
THEY’LL NEVER BRING US DOWN...
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But Glinda hesitates.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Well? Are you coming?

GLINDA
Elphie, you’re trembling.
(She gets a black blanket from a shelf)
Here... put this around you.
(She wraps the blanket around Elphaba’s shoulders)
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY
NOW THAT YOU’RE CHOOSING THIS …

ELPHABA
YOU TOO—
I HOPE IT BRINGS YOU BLISS

BOTH
I REALLY HOPE YOU GET IT
AND YOU DON’T LIVE TO REGRET IT
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY IN THE END
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY, MY FRIEND...

Suddenly a furious BATTERING AT THE DOOR ... and PALACE GUARDS BURST
IN, musket-like rifles drawn, and pointed at both of them. Glinda SHRIEKS—

GUARD 1 (LJ)
There she is!

GUARD 2 (Sean M.)


Don’t let her get away!

GLINDA
Leave me alone, do you hear--?!
Let go of me!

ELPHABA
It’s not her! She has nothing to do with it. I’m the one you want!
It’s me!

But as they surge toward her, she actually appears to rise—


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GLINDA
Elphie!

ELPHABA
It’s me! It’s MEEE!
(SINGS)
SO IF YOU CARE TO FIND ME
LOOK TO THE WESTERN SKY
AS SOMEONE TOLD ME LATELY:
“EV’RYONE DESERVES THE CHANCE TO FLY”
AND IF I’M FLYING SOLO
AT LEAST I’M FLYING FREE
TO THOSE WHO’D GROUND ME
TAKE A MESSAGE BACK FROM ME:
TELL THEM HOW I
AM DEFYING GRAVITY
I’M FLYING HIGH
DEFYING GRAVITY
AND SOON I’LL MATCH THEM IN RENOWN
AND NOBODY IN ALL OF OZ
NO WIZARD THAT THERE IS OR WAS
IS EVER GONNA BRING ME DOWN!

And we see the shocked CITIZENS OF OZ, pointing up in horror and wonder at the sight
of this Wicked Witch.

GLINDA
I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY!

CITIZENS OF OZ
LOOK AT HER, SHE’S WICKED!
GET HER!

ELPHABA
… BRING ME DOWN!

CITIZENS OF OZ
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED
SO WE’VE GOT TO BRING HER …

ELPHABA
(a triumphant cry)
AHHHH!

CITIZENS OF OZ
DOWN!

END OF ACT ONE


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ACT TWO

Prologue. CITIZENS OF OZ peer cautiously out from behind towers.

CITIZENS OF OZ
EV’RY DAY, MORE WICKED!
EV’RY DAY, THE TERROR GROWS!

MEN
ALL OF OZ IS EVER ON ALERT!

WOMEN
THAT’S THE WAY WITH WICKED --
SPREADING FEAR

ALL
WHERE E’ER SHE GOES
SEEKING OUT NEW VICTIMS SHE CAN HURT!

SOMEONE IN CROWD (Kathy D.)


LIKE SOME TERRIBLE GREEN BLIZZARD
THROUGHOUT THE LAND SHE FLIES …

ANOTHER PERSON (Michael S.)


DEFAMING OUR POOR WIZARD

ALL
WITH HER CALUMNIES AND LIES!
SHE LIES!
SAVE US FROM THE WICKED!
SHIELD US SO WE WON’T BE HEXED!
GIVE US WARNING: WHERE WILL SHE STRIKE NEXT?
WHERE WILL SHE STRIKE NEXT?
WHERE WILL SHE STRIKE --
NEXT!?

A flower-bedecked platform slides forward. On it stand a regally-dressed Morrible,


a beautifully-gowned Glinda, and Fiyero in a smart-looking Guard’s uniform.
During the following, the Crowd turns and begins to gather around them. Glinda smiles
and waves…
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ACT TWO, Scene 1.

GLINDA
Fellow Ozians-- as terrifying as terror is, let us put aside our Panic for
this one day and celebrate.
(sings)
OH WHAT A CELEBRATION
WE’LL HAVE TODAY

CROWD
THANK GOODNESS!

GLINDA
LET’S HAVE A CELEBRATION
THE GLINDA WAY…

CROWD
THANK GOODNESS!

MADAME MORRIBLE
FIN’LLY A DAY THAT’S
TOTALLY WICKED-WITCH FREE!

CROWD
WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER

ALL
THANK GOODNESS!

MORRIBLE
And thank Goodness for you, Glinda! And for your handsome
swain, our new Captain of the Guard!
(to Fiyero)
You’ve been in the forefront of the hunt for the Wicked Witch,
haven’t you, Captain?

FIYERO
Well, I don’t think of her as a wicked witch…

MADAME MORRIBLE
So Captain – how does it feel?

FIYERO
Frustrating. But I became Captain of the Guard to find her, and I’ll
keep searching until –

MADAME MORRIBLE
No –being engaged!

The revelers cheer and shout: “Congratulotions!”


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FIYERO
(To Glinda)
This is an engagement party?

GLINDA
Surprised?

FIYERO
Yes!

GLINDA
Oh, good! We hoped you’d be – the Wizard and I!
(To the CROWD:)
WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
(To FIYERO)
RIGHT, DEAR?
(Back to the CROWD)
COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
RIGHT HERE, LOOK WHAT WE’VE GOT:
A FAIRY-TALE PLOT
OUR VERY OWN HAPPY ENDING
WHERE WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
(to FIYERO)
TRUE, DEAR?
(To the CROWD again)
COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
AND WE’RE HAPPY TO SHARE
OUR ENDING VICARIOUSLY
WITH ALL OF YOU
HE COULDN’T LOOK HANDSOMER
I COULDN’T FEEL HUMBLER
WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
BECAUSE HAPPY IS WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!

The CROWD cheer loudly.

MORRIBLE
And Glinda dear, we are happy for you! As Press Secretary, I’ve
striven to ensure that all Oz knows the story of your braverism!
How vividly I remember…
(sings)
THE DAY YOU WERE FIRST SUMMONED
TO AN AUDIENCE WITH OZ
AND ALTHOUGH HE WOULD NOT TELL YOU WHY
INITIALLY
WHEN YOU BOWED BEFORE HIS THRONE
HE DECREED YOU’D HENCE BE KNOWN
AS GLINDA THE GOOD –- OFFICIALLY!
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FIYERO
That’s not how you described it to me!

GLINDA
Well, no, not exactly, but --

MADAME MORRIBLE
THEN WITH A JEALOUS SQUEAL
THE WICKED WITCH BURST FROM CONCEALMENT
WHERE SHE HAD BEEN LURKING -- SURREPTITIALLY!

The CROWD gasps in horror.

SOMEONE IN CROWD (Jan N.)


I HEAR SHE HAS AN EXTRA EYE
THAT ALWAYS REMAINS AWAKE!

ANOTHER PERSON (Melissa F.)


I HEAR THAT SHE CAN SHED HER SKIN
AS EASILY AS A SNAKE!

THIRD PERSON (Kristy C.)


I HEAR SOME REBEL ANIMALS
ARE GIVING HER FOOD AND SHELTER!

FOURTH PERSON (Walter O.)


I HEAR HER SOUL IS SO UNCLEAN
PURE WATER CAN MELT HER!

FIYERO
WHAT!?

CROWD
MELT HER!?
PLEASE – SOMEBODY GO AND MELT HER!

FIYERO
(to GLINDA)
Do you hear that -- water will melt her!?

GLINDA
(trying to quiet him)
Shh! Dearest --

FIYERO
(Yells angrily at crowd)
People are so empty-headed they’ll believe anything!

GLINDA
(to Morrible and the crowd)
Excuse us just a tick tock...
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She pulls Fiyero aside.

FIYERO
Well, I can’t just stand here grinning, pretending to go along with
all this!

GLINDA
(forcefully)
Fiyero, do you think I like hearing them say those awful things
about her? I hate it!

FIYERO
Then what are we doing here, let’s go; let’s get out of here--!

GLINDA
I can’t; I can’t leave now, when people are looking to me to raise
their spirits!

FIYERO
You can’t leave because you can’t resist this. That’s the truth.

GLINDA
Well, maybe I can’t. Is that so wrong? Who could?

FIYERO
You know who could. And who has.

GLINDA
(beat, then— heartfelt)
Fiyero— I miss her too! But--we can’t just stop living! No one has
searched harder for her than you! But don’t you see, she doesn’t
want to be found. You’ve got to face it.

He looks at her. The reality of this hits him, hard. For the first time, he forces himself to
accept it.

FIYERO
You’re right.
(regards her)
And look, if it’ll make you happy-- of course I’ll marry you.

GLINDA
But-- it’ll make you happy too. Right?

FIYERO
Well, you know me-- I’m always happy.

He exits swiftly into the palace.


GLINDA
Fiyero--!
(recovers herself, calls after him)
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GLINDA (CONT’D)
Oh-- yes, thanks plenty, dearest!
(to the crowd)
He’s gone to -- fetch me a refreshment. He’s so thoughtful that way...
(The CROWD “AHHH’S” appreciatively)
THAT’S WHY I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
NO, I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
THOUGH IT IS, I ADMIT
THE TINIEST BIT
UNLIKE I ANTICIPATED

BUT I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER


SIMPLY COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
Well—not simply…
‘CAUSE GETTING YOUR DREAMS
IT’S STRANGE, BUT IT SEEMS
A LITTLE –- WELL – COMPLICATED
THERE’S A KIND OF A SORT OF … COST
THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS GET … LOST
THERE ARE BRIDGES YOU CROSS
YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU’D CROSSED
UNTIL YOU’VE CROSSED …

AND IF THAT JOY, THAT THRILL


DOESN’T THRILL LIKE YOU THINK IT WILL
STILL --
WITH THIS PERFECT FINALE
THE CHEERS AND THE BALLYHOO
WHO
WOULDN’T BE HAPPIER?
SO I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
BECAUSE HAPPY IS WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE
WELL, ISN’T IT?
HAPPY IS WHAT HAPPENS …

GLINDA (CONT’D) CROWD


WHEN YOUR
DREAMS AHH
COME AHH
TRUE … WE LOVE YOU, GLINDA, IF WE
MAY BE SO FRANK …

GLINDA
THANK GOODNESS!

CROWD
FOR ALL THIS JOY, WE KNOW WHO WE’VE GOT TO THANK:
THANK GOODNESS!
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MEN
THAT MEANS, THE WIZARD …

WOMEN
GLINDA …

GLINDA
AND FIANCE’!

STAGE LEFT REVELERS


THEY COULDN’T BE GOODLIER

STAGE RIGHT REVELERS


SHE COULDN’T BE LOVELIER

ALL
WE COULDN’T BE LUCKIER …

GLINDA
I COULDN’T BE HAPPIER …

CROWD
THANK GOODNESS …

GLINDA AND CROWD


TODAY!
(THANK GOODNESS FOR TODAY!)

As Glinda and the Crowd recede …

AND WE TRANSITION TO:


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ACT TWO, Scene 2. MUNCHKINLAND -- THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION.10-12-03

Nessarose, holding a teacup, and dressed more grandly than when we last saw her, is
pushed in, (in her fancy new wheelchair) by Boq, dressed in servant’s livery. She hands
him her empty teacup, smiling up at him hopefully. With extreme formality, he takes the
cup.
BOQ
Will there be anything else, Madame?

NESSAROSE
I’ve asked you to call me Nessarose, remember?

BOQ
Yes, Madame.

He takes a step back, gives a curt, formal bow, and exits.

NESSAROSE
Boq…

Then she picks up a hand mirror. As she examines her reflection, WE HEAR –

ELPHABA’S VOICE
Well … it seems the beautiful get more beautiful --

Nessa GASPS, seeing Elphaba, revealed within an armoire mirror!

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
-- while the green just get greener.

Nessarose rolls back in shock as Elphaba emerges from the armoire…

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
I’m sorry, did I scare you? I seem to have that effect on people.
(taking her in, heartfelt)
It’s good to see you.

NESSAROSE
What are you doing here?

ELPHABA
Well, there’s no place like home.
(gathers her nerve)
I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but—I need Father’s help.
I need him to stand with me.

NESSAROSE
That’s impossible.

ELPHABA
No, it isn’t, not if you ask him. He’ll do it for you, Nessa – you
know he will.
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NESSAROSE
Father’s dead.

ELPHABA
(blind-sided)
What?

NESSAROSE
He’s dead, I’m the Governor now.
(off her stunned reaction)
Well, what did you expect? After he learned what you’d done,
how you disgraced us-- he died. Of shame. Embarrassed to death.

Elphaba turns away, in pain, struggling to absorb this. Then, she turns back to Nessarose.

ELPHABA
Good. I’m glad. It’s better.

NESSAROSE
That’s a wicked thing to say.

ELPHABA
No. It’s just true. Because now it’s just us! You can help me, and
together--

NESSAROSE
Oh, Elphaba, shut up! First of all, I can’t harbor a fugitive. I’m an
unelected official. And why should I help you? You fly around
Oz , trying to rescue Animals you’ve never even met— and not
once have you ever thought to use your powers to rescue me!
(sings)
ALL OF MY LIFE, I DEPENDED ON YOU
HOW DO YOU THINK THAT FEELS?
ALL OF MY LIFE, I’VE DEPENDED ON YOU
AND THIS HIDEOUS CHAIR WITH WHEELS
SCROUNGING FOR SCRAPS OF PITY TO PICK UP
AND LONGING TO KICK UP
MY HEELS ...

ELPHABA
Nessa, there isn’t a spell for everything! The power is mysterious,
it’s not like cobbling up a pair of--

Elphaba stares at her shoes. Perhaps a light even comes up on them.

ELPHABA
Wait—

She swiftly pulls the Book from her satchel, pages through it, finds a spell. She starts to
CHANT
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NESSAROSE
What are you doing -- what does that mean?
(gasps)
Oh! Oh -- my shoes!

And Nessa’s shoes begin to glow.


NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
It feels like they’re on fire!
(looks up at Elphaba)
What have you done to my shoes?!

Suddenly NESSAROSE’S RIGHT FOOT JERKS INTO THE AIR. Then HER OTHER
FOOT! Then, before she can recover from the shock, the FIRST FOOT shoots out again,
and she is jerked into a standing position. She tries to take a step, and all at once, FALLS
CLUMSILY. Elphaba moves to help her up, but--

NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
No! Don’t help me!

Through sheer force of will, Nessarose hauls herself to her feet and takes another
awkward, ungainly step. Then slowly, with great determination, step by step she begins
to walk. Elphaba holds out her arms...

ELPHABA
OH, NESSA, AT LAST!
I’VE DONE WHAT LONG AGO I SHOULD
AND FIN’LLY FROM THESE POWERS --
SOMETHING GOOD!
FIN’LLY SOMETHING GOOD …

Nessa turns… Elphaba takes a step towards her sister to embrace her; it looks at first as
though Nessa is going to rush into her sister’s arms, but she moves past Elphaba…

NESSAROSE
(calls out; perhaps rings a bell to summon him)
Boq! Boq, come quickly!

ELPHABA
Boq!?

Nessarose gets back into her wheelchair.

NESSAROSE
Boq! Come here at once!

ELPHABA
Nessa, wait -- no one can know I’m here--
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But suddenly Boq is there.
BOQ
Yes, what is it, Madame Governor --?

He stops, seeing Elphaba. He is instantly shocked and terrified.

BOQ (CONT’D)
You!

ELPHABA
(backing away)
Boq—

He grabs a nearby letter opener or similar weapon to protect himself, brandishes it—

BOQ
Stay back!

ELPHABA
Boq, it’s just me. I’m not going to hurt you.

BOQ
You’re lying. That’s all you ever do— you and your sister! She’s
as wicked as you are!

NESSAROSE
Boq.

ELPHABA
What are you talking about?

BOQ
(explodes with long-suppressed rage)
I’m talking about my life--! The little that’s left of it! I’m not free
to leave Munchkinland, none of us are! Ever since she took power,
she’s been stripping the Munchkins of our rights! And we didn’t
have that many to begin with! And do you know why?

NESSAROSE
To keep you here, with me. But none of that matters anymore--
look!

And she gets out of her chair. Walks for him. He drops the letter opener, completely
stunned—
BOQ
(taking in Elphaba)
You—did this? For her?
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NESSAROSE
(moves closer to him)
For both of us.

BOQ
Nessa— this changes everything!

NESSAROSE
I know!

BOQ
(sings:)
NESSA …

NESSAROSE
(thinking he’s going to tell her he loves her)
Yes?

BOQ
UH -- NESSA
SURELY NOW I’LL MATTER LESS TO YOU
AND YOU WON’T MIND MY LEAVING HERE TONIGHT …

NESSAROSE
Leaving?

BOQ
Yes – THAT BALL THAT’S BEING STAGED
ANNOUNCING GLINDA IS ENGAGED …

NESSAROSE
(curdled with hate)
Glinda.

BOQ
YES, NESSA—THAT’S RIGHT--
AND I’VE GOT TO GO APPEAL TO HER
EXPRESS THE WAY I FEEL TO HER –
(trying to be gentle)
Oh, Nessa-- I lost my heart to Glinda the moment I first saw her,
you know that.

NESSAROSE
LOST YOUR HEART? WELL-- WE’LL SEE ABOUT THAT!

ELPHABA
Nessa – let him go--

NESSAROSE
DID YOU THINK I’D LET YOU LEAVE ME HERE FLAT!?
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BOQ
(to Elphaba)
Don’t come any closer!

NESSAROSE
YOU’RE GOING TO LOSE YOUR HEART TO ME, I TELL YOU
IF I HAVE TO -- I HAVE TO –
MAGIC SPELL YOU!

Nessarose grabs up the book of spells, pages through it— STARTS TO CHANT
HALTINGLY, WITH DIFFICULTY.

NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
Ah toom ... Tah—take…?

ELPHABA
Nessa, stop! It’s dangerous!

NESSAROSE
Ah toom Core tum!

BOQ
What, what’s she doing?

ELPHABA
(Urgently)
You’re pronouncing the words all wrong!

BOQ
(backing out of the room)
I’m warning you—don’t try to stop me, or--

Suddenly Boq breaks off, clutches his chest in pain. He lurches back towards the two
women, in pain.

ELPHABA
Oh no...Nessa...

Nessarose STOPS CHANTING --

NESSAROSE
Boq, what is it?

BOQ
(clutches his chest again)
My heart! It feels-- It feels like it’s-- shrinking...

He suddenly breaks off, drops into the wheelchair in a faint. Nessa rushes over --
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NESSAROSE
Elphaba--! Do something!

ELPHABA
I can’t! You can’t reverse a spell, once it’s been cast!

NESSAROSE
Then what will we do?

Elphaba grabs the Book from her, pushes Boq in the chair behind the armoir.

NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
This is all your fault! If you hadn’t shown me that horrendible book...

ELPHABA
Hush, will you?! I’ve got to find another spell, it’s the only thing
that might work...

She pushes the wheelchair out again and begins to CHANT over it.

NESSAROSE
SAVE HIM -- PLEASE, JUST SAVE HIM
MY POOR BOQ, MY SWEET, MY BRAVE HIM
DON’T LEAVE ME
TILL MY SORRY LIFE HAS CEASED …

ALONE AND LOVELESS HERE


WITH JUST THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR
JUST HER AND ME --
THE WICKED WITCH OF THE EAST!
WE DESERVE EACH OTHER …

Elphaba breaks off chanting. The wheelchair remains with its back to us -- Boq hidden
from our view by its high back , as Elphaba comes down to Nessarose.

ELPHABA
He’s asleep.

NESSAROSE
What about his heart?

ELPHABA
It’s all right... he won’t need one now.

Elphaba slowly picks up her spell book, her broom--


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ELPHABA
I have to go. I have unfinished business in the Emerald City.

She starts off…

NESSAROSE
(in panicked desperation)
Elphaba, please – don’t leave me!

Elphaba stops, turns…


ELPHABA
Nessa… I’ve done everything I could for you. And it hasn’t been
enough. And nothing ever will be.

Nessarose stands stock still, as Elphaba tenderly touches her sister’s face, and
then…exits.

NESSAROSE
Elphaba, wait-- Elphaba--!

But she’s gone. From the wheelchair, WE HEAR BOQ, as he begins to re-awaken--

BOQ’S VOICE
Where am I--? What happened--?

NESSAROSE
(pulls herself together, then sweetly)
Nothing, you just-- fell asleep, and--

Boq turns the chair around as Nessarose GASPS IN HORROR. Boq has been
transformed. Into a man made entirely of tin.

BOQ
What is it, what’s wrong--?

NESSAROSE
It wasn’t me, it was her! I tried to stop her--

Boq looks down at himself-- starts to SCREAM. Panicked, he stands, shaking himself
desperately as if to somehow shake off his metallic exterior. Nessa starts towards him--

NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
Boq, please, I still--

But Boq jerks himself away from her and runs clumsily out of STILL SCREAMING...
Nessa calls after him--

NESSAROSE (CONT’D)
It was Elphaba! Boq! It was Elphabaaaaaa!

And she stands, lost in her own misery, her cry echoing into the emptiness …
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ACT TWO, Scene 3. THE WIZARD’S CHAMBERS.

Elphaba enters… looks for the lever to the Monkey cage. Suddenly—the Wizard appears.

WIZARD
I knew you’d be back.

She’s startled, goes for her broom, but he grabs it first.

WIZARD
Just hear me out—I don’t want to harm you.

ELPHABA
Well, you have. You have harmed me.

WIZARD
(heartfelt)
I know that. And I regret it.
(starts towards her)
Elphaba --

ELPHABA
Stay where you are!
(he freezes)
I’m setting those Monkeys free. And if you try to interfere, or call
your guards--

WIZARD
I’m not going to call anyone! Truth is—I’m glad to see you again.
It gets pretty lonely for me around here.
(beat, gently)
I know you must get lonely, too.

ELPHABA
You don’t know the first thing about me.

She turns away from him.

WIZARD
(Realizing it, as he says it)
Oh, but I do. I do know you. I can’t explain it, exactly, but…
(a genuine question)
You know what I mean?

She looks back at him.


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WIZARD
(seeing this chink in her armor)
Elphaba… you’ve been so strong through all of this. Aren’t you
tired of being the strong one? Wouldn’t you like someone to take
care of you?
(she is completely nonplussed)
Please-- can’t we start again?

ELPHABA
Don’t you think I wish I could? I would give anything to turn back
the clocks! Go back to that time when I actually believed-- that you
were wonderful. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
(beat)
No one believed in you more than I did.

WIZARD
My dear child… I never asked for this…
(sings)
OR PLANNED IT IN ADVANCE
I WAS MERELY BLOWN HERE
BY THE WINDS OF CHANCE
I NEVER SAW MYSELF
AS A SOLOMON OR SOCRATES
I KNEW WHO I WAS:
ONE OF YOUR DIME A DOZEN
MEDIOCRITIES

THEN SUDDENLY I’M HERE


RESPECTED -- WORSHIPPED EVEN
JUST BECAUSE THE FOLKS IN OZ
NEEDED SOMEONE TO BELIEVE IN
DOES IT SURPRISE YOU
I GOT HOOKED, AND ALL TOO SOON?
WHAT CAN I SAY?
I GOT CARRIED AWAY
AND NOT JUST BY BALLOON …

WONDERFUL
THEY CALLED ME “WONDERFUL”
SO I SAID “WONDERFUL -- IF YOU INSIST
I WILL BE WONDERFUL --
AND THEY SAID “WONDERFUL”
BELIEVE ME, IT’S HARD TO RESIST
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WIZARD (CONT’D)
‘CAUSE IT FEELS WONDERFUL
THEY THINK I’M WONDERFUL
HEY LOOK WHO’S WONDERFUL -- THIS CORN-FED HICK
WHO SAID: “IT MIGHT BE KEEN
TO BUILD A TOWN OF GREEN
AND A WONDERFUL ROAD OF YELLOW BRICK”!
(speaks to her)
See -- I never had a family of my own-- I was always travelin’.
So, I guess I just -- wanted to give the citizens of Oz everything

ELPHABA
So you lied to them.

WIZARD
Only verbally. Besides, they were the lies they wanted to hear!
Where I’m from, we believe all sorts of things that aren’t true. We
call it -- “history.”
(sings again)
A MAN’S CALLED A TRAITOR -- OR LIBERATOR
A RICH MAN’S A THIEF -- OR PHILANTHROPIST
IS ONE A CRUSADER -- OR RUTHLESS INVADER?
IT’S ALL IN WHICH LABEL
IS ABLE TO PERSIST
THERE ARE PRECIOUS FEW AT EASE
WITH MORAL AMBIGUITIES
SO WE ACT AS THOUGH THEY DON’T EXIST

THEY CALL ME “WONDERFUL”


SO I AM WONDERFUL
IN FACT, IT’S SO MUCH WHO I AM,
IT’S PART OF MY NAME
AND WITH MY HELP, YOU CAN BE THE SAME!
AT LONG, LONG LAST RECEIVE YOUR DUE --
LONG OVERDUE
ELPHABA -- THE MOST CELEBRATED
ARE THE REHABILITATED
THERE’LL BE SUCH A... WHOOP-DE-DOO
A CELEBRATION THROUGHOUT OZ
THAT’S ALL TO DO -- WITH YOU …
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WIZARD
WONDERFUL
THEY’LL CALL YOU WONDERFUL...

ELPHABA
IT DOES SOUND WONDERFUL...

WIZARD
TRUST ME -- IT’S FUN...

BOTH
WHEN YOU ARE WONDERFUL,
IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL…
WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL,

Then he scampers over to his “Head” contraption, starts pulling levers —the entire SET
LIGHTS UP, all the GEARS START SPINNING, even the Time Dragon STARTS TO
MOVE. Elphaba laughs – even she is impressed.

WIZARD
ONE, TWO, THREE…

He holds out his hand to her – and she takes it. And they dance together!
Then suddenly, Elphaba has a second thought --

ELPHABA
Wait!-- I’LL ACCEPT YOUR PROPOSITION...

WIZARD
Wonderful!

ELPHABA
ON ONE CONDITION--

WIZARD
Yes?

ELPHABA
YOU SET THOSE MONKEYS FREE …

The Wizard waits a moment, as if this is an important consideration to him. Then he


smiles, crosses to the lever that controls the Monkeys’ cage ...

WIZARD
DONE!
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He pulls the lever, the cage opens, and the Winged Monkeys spill out. THEY DANCE
WITH EXCITEMENT, as Elphaba laughs with delight . They fly out.

One Monkey comes to her and looks up at her with gratitude– it’s Chistery. They have a
moment together, then --
ELPHABA
Oh, Chistery—I’m so sorry, for what I did. But now at least
you’re free! So fly… fly!

And he does. Elphaba is jubilant, until she notices …

ONE FIGURE, TREMBLING UNDER A BLANKET.


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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
You! Under the blanket!

The Wizard suddenly realizes--

WIZARD
Oh no! WAIT!

But it’s too late, she’s lifting the blanket--

ELPHABA
Get up now, get--

She pulls the blanket off, revealing a trembling, terrified DOCTOR DILLAMOND.
Elphaba GASPS.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
No…it can’t be! Doctor Dillamond!

WIZARD
(a desperate man)
Elphaba -- we couldn’t let him continue speaking out!

ELPHABA
Doctor Dillamond, are you alright?

The Goat stares blankly at Elphaba.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Don’t be afraid—it’s me, Elphaba.
(she waits…no response)
Dr. Dillamond, don’t you remember me?

All at once the Goat EMITS A SMALL BLEAT.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Can’t you speak?

The Goat emits another horrible BLEAT. Elphaba stares at the Wizard…

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
(with growing fury)
You and I have nothing in common. I’m nothing like you and I
never will be. And I’ll fight you till the day I die!

And with this the Wizard immediately rushes behind his HEAD; THE HEAD SPEAKS--

WIZARD VOICE
GUARDS! GUARDS!
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Suddenly Dillamond bolts from the room!

ELPHABA
Doctor Dillamond--?!
(realizing he’s run off)
Oh no, Doctor Dillamond-- come back!

She runs to the door, but TWO GUARDS APPEAR in the doorway--

GUARD
HALT!

Elphaba backs away from them, brandishing her broom as a bayonet, when suddenly
FIYERO appears in the doorway--

FIYERO
Are you alright, your Ozness?

ELPHABA
Fiyero!

He turns, sees her...

FIYERO
I don’t believe it.

Elphaba runs to him...

ELPHABA
Oh, Fiyero, thank Oz--!

Suddenly Fiyero points his rifle at her.

FIYERO
Silence, Witch!

1ST GUARD
There’s a goat on the lam, sir!

FIYERO
(his rifle still trained on Elphaba)
Never mind all that. Just fetch me some water.

1ST GUARD
Water, sir?!

FIYERO
You heard me! As much as you can carry!
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BOTH GUARDS
Yes sir!

The guards exit.

ELPHABA
Fiyero…not you, too!

FIYERO
I said SILENCE!

Fiyero moves to the HEAD, and pulls the shocked, scared Wizard into view--

WIZARD
No --!

FIYERO
Don’t make a sound, your Ozness. Unless you want all your guests
to know the truth about the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
(turns to her)
Elphaba, get out of here--!

But she can’t leave... not yet.

ELPHABA
Fiyero -- you frightened me. I thought you might have-- changed.

FIYERO
I have changed.

All at once Glinda appears in the doorway.

GLINDA
What’s going on--?

She breaks off, seeing Elphaba--

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Elphie! Thank Oz you’re alive!

Glinda runs to a confused, tongue-tied Elphaba--

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Only-- you shouldn’t have come! If anyone discoverates you...!

FIYERO
Glinda-- you’d better go.

Glinda turns, sees Fiyero with the Wizard.


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GLINDA
Fiyero—what are you…?

FIYERO
Please, just go back to the ball!

GLINDA
(in desperation, to the Wizard)
Your Ozness-- he means no disrespectation! Please understand--
we all went to school together--

FIYERO
Elphaba, come on-- !

GLINDA
Fiyero, have you misplaced your mind?! What are you doing?

FIYERO
I’m going with her.

GLINDA
Whaat?

ELPHABA
Whaat?

Both women stare at him, in shock. Then --

GLINDA
What are you saying? That, all this time--the two of you-- behind
my back--

ELPHABA
Glinda, no! It wasn’t like that!

FIYERO
Well, it was, but-- it wasn’t.

Fiyero crosses to Elphaba--

FIYERO (CONT’D)
Let’s go.

GLINDA
(bitterly)
Fine! Go!

Fiyero pulls Elphaba out of the room, as Glinda calls after them--

GLINDA (CONT’D)
You deserve each other!
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The Wizard takes a little green bottle out of his pocket, drinks.

WIZARD
Here...have a swig of this.

She looks up, he holds it out to her. She looks at it.

WIZARD (CONT’D)
Dulls the pain.

GLINDA
No thank you.

The Wizard shrugs, drinks again. Suddenly Morrible appears, beaming.

MORRIBLE
Is it true? Your betroth-ed has brought her into custody?

Glinda buries her face in her hands, SOBS. Morrible turns to the Wizard: What did I say?

WIZARD
I’m afraid our new Captain of the Guard had other plans.

MORRIBLE
What? She’s not been captured?

WIZARD
Quite the opposite. And considering how well she eluded us, last time--

MORRIBLE
We must flush her out. Force her to show herself.

WIZARD
But how?

GLINDA
(face still buried)
Her sister.

MORRIBLE
What’s that? What did she say?

Beat. She looks up at them both, tear-stained.

GLINDA
Use her sister.
(beat)
Spread a rumor. Make her think her sister is in trouble. She will fly
to her side. And you’ll have her.
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WIZARD
Exactly so.

Glinda stands. Tries to pull herself together.

GLINDA
And now if your Ozness will excuse me, I have a slight headache. I
think I’ll-- lie down.

She exits.

MORRIBLE
A rumor won’t do it. Elphaba’s too smart.

WIZARD
Far too smart.

A beat, they look at each other.

MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
Perhaps a change in the weather.

And we hear a rumble of thunder and perhaps see a distant flash of lightning, as …

ACT TWO, SCENE 3A. LIGHTS UP ON: GLINDA. As she walks slowly down a
deserted palace hallway...

GLINDA
DON’T WISH, DON’T START
WISHING ONLY WOUNDS THE HEART...
(she struggles to push down her tears)
THERE’S A GIRL I KNOW
HE LOVES HER SO
I’M NOT THAT GIRL ...

AS LIGHTS FADE ON GLINDA, LIGHTS COME UP ON:


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ACT TWO, Scene 4: A clearing in the Great Gillikin Forest. Night. A campfire.

Elphaba and Fiyero are alone at last...

ELPHABA
KISS ME TOO FIERCELY
HOLD ME TOO TIGHT
I NEED HELP BELIEVING
YOU’RE WITH ME TONIGHT
MY WILDEST DREAMINGS
COULD NOT FORESEE
LYING BESIDE YOU
WITH YOU WANTING ME

JUST FOR THIS MOMENT


AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE
I’VE LOST ALL RESISTANCE
AND CROSSED SOME BORDERLINE
AND IF IT TURNS OUT
IT’S OVER TOO FAST
I’LL MAKE EV’RY LAST MOMENT LAST
AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE…

FIYERO
MAYBE I’M BRAINLESS
MAYBE I’M WISE
BUT YOU’VE GOT ME SEEING
THROUGH DIFFERENT EYES
SOMEHOW I’VE FALLEN
UNDER YOUR SPELL
AND SOMEHOW I’M FEELING
IT’S “UP” THAT I FELL ...

BOTH
EVERY MOMENT
AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE
I’LL WAKE UP MY BODY
AND MAKE UP FOR LOST TIME...

FIYERO
SAY THERE’S NO FUTURE
FOR US AS A PAIR ...
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BOTH
AND THOUGH I MAY KNOW
I DON’T CARE …

JUST FOR THIS MOMENT


AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE
COME BE HOW YOU WANT TO
AND SEE HOW BRIGHT WE SHINE
BORROW THE MOONLIGHT
UNTIL IT IS THROUGH
AND KNOW I’LL BE HERE HOLDING YOU
AS LONG AS YOU’RE MINE...

Fiyero studies her face.

FIYERO
What is it?

ELPHABA
(beat)
It’s just-- for the first time, I feel wicked.
Music ends.
ELPHABA (CONT’D)
I just wish—

FIYERO
What?

ELPHABA
(can’t look at him)
That I could be beautiful. For you.

FIYERO
Elphaba.

ELPHABA
Don’t tell me that I am. You don’t have to lie to me.

FIYERO
It’s not lying. It’s looking at things-- another way.

She suddenly moves abruptly out of his arms.

FIYERO (CONT’D)
You and Glinda will make up, and someday--

She turns to him. Deeply troubled.


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ELPHABA
Shhh! Listen! Do you hear that?

They both listen. A KIND OF DISTANT HOWLING.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
It sounds-- like somebody in pain!

FIYERO
It’s just the wind.

She turns to him.

ELPHABA
My sister is in danger.

FIYERO
What? How do you know?

ELPHABA
I don’t know. I just do.

All at once she GASPS--

FIYERO
Elphaba!
(goes to her)
What is it, what’s wrong?

Elphaba backs away in terror, points...

ELPHABA
There! Don’t you see it--

FIYERO
No, what do you see?

ELPHABA
(stares)
It doesn’t make any sense. It’s-- a house. But it’s-- flying through
the sky!
(turns back to Fiyero)
I have to go to Nessa!
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She gathers her things.

FIYERO
I’ll come with you.

ELPHABA
No! You mustn’t, it’s too dangerous--

He stops her--

FIYERO
Listen to me: My family has a castle. In Kiamo Ko. No one’s ever
there, except the sentries who watch over it-- we’ve never lived in
it.

ELPHABA
Where do you live?

FIYERO
The other castle.

ELPHABA
(a little blown away)
Oh. Of course.

FIYERO
It’s the perfect hideout: Tunnels, secret passageways-- you’ll be
safe there.

She starts off-- then hesitates, turns--

ELPHABA
We will see each other again. Won’t we?

FIYERO
Elphaba-- we’re going to be together always. You can see houses
flying through the sky-- can’t you see that?

She smiles. As the SOUND OF THE CYCLONE builds in fury.


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ACT TWO, Scene 5. Munchkinland. The site of the crashed house. Glinda stands there,
calls to unseen People offstage—

GLINDA
(calls out)
All right, go on home now! Move along, there’s nothing
to see here!

A beat. Glinda glances around furtively to make certain she’s not being observed, then
picks a few flowers growing along the yellow brick road, crosses soberly to the house,
and sadly sinks to her knees.

GLINDA
(softly)
Oh, Nessa.

Elphaba appears.

ELPHABA
What a touching display of grief.

Glinda gives a little SHRIEK, startled. Then, determined to ignore this remark--

GLINDA
I don’t believe we have anything further to say to one another.

ELPHABA
I wanted something to remember her by. All that was left of her were
those shoes – and now that wretched little farmgirl has walked off with
them! So I would appreciate some time alone, to say goodbye to my
sister!

Glinda hesitates, then… starts to exit. Elphaba crosses to the house. Glinda can’t help
herself, turns. Elphaba kneels by the side of the house.

ELPHABA
Nessa… oh, Nessa, forgive me.

Elphaba buries her face in her hands, distraught.

GLINDA
(with sudden compassion)
Elphie. Don’t blame yourself.
(Elphaba looks up)
It’s dreadful. It is. To have a house fall on you. But—accidents will
happen.

ELPHABA
You call this an accident?
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GLINDA
(thrown)
Yes! Well— maybe not an accident, but—

ELPHABA
Well, then-- what would you call it?

GLINDA
Well…
(reaching)
A regime change.
(trying to convince herself)
Caused by a bizarre and unexpected… twister of fate.

ELPHABA
So you think cyclones just appear? Out of the blue?

GLINDA
(rattled)
I don’t know, I never really—

ELPHABA
No, of course you never-- you’re too busy telling everyone how wonderful
everything is!

GLINDA
Well, I’m a public figure now! People expect me to—

ELPHABA
Lie?

GLINDA
(fiercely)
Be encouraging! And what exactly have you been doing? Besides riding
around on that filthy old thing!

ELPHABA
Well, we can’t all come and go by bubble. Whose invention was that, the
Wizard’s? Of course, even if it wasn’t, I’m sure he’d still take credit for it.

GLINDA
Yes, well, a lot of us are taking things that don’t belong to us, aren’t we?

Uh oh! The two stare daggers at each other, then...

ELPHABA
Now, wait just a clock-tick. I know it’s difficult for that blissful blond
brain of yours to comprehend that someone like him-- could actually
choose -- someone like me! But it’s happened. It’s real. And you can wave
that ridiculous wand all you want, you can’t change it! He never belonged
to you-- he doesn’t love you, and he never did! He loves me!
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WHACK! Glinda slaps Elphaba across the face.

Elphaba cackles…

ELPHABA
Feel better?

GLINDA
Yes. I do.

ELPHABA
Good.

WHACK! She slaps her back.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
So do I!

And the fight is on! They go at it, until they’re rolling around in a catfight. Suddenly the
WIZARD’S GUARDS appear—

GUARD 1
Attention! Halt!

GUARD 2
In the name of the Wizard!

Elphaba and Glinda are too caught up in their fight to notice. The guards pull them apart
with difficulty-- both girls BREATHING HARD.

ELPHABA
Stop--! let me go--!

GLINDA
Let her go, I almost had her!

ELPHABA
(contemptuous, to Glinda)
HAH!

Suddenly the guards let Glinda go. And Glinda watches, horrified, as one guard takes out
a rope!

GUARD
Sorry it took us so long to get here, Miss!

Before a stunned Glinda can respond--


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ELPHABA
I can’t believe you would sink this low: To use my sister’s death as
a trap, to capture me!

The guards are trying to tie Elphaba’s wrists, she kicks and struggles--

GLINDA
What?! No, I only meant--

Suddenly Fiyero drops out of a tree— he grabs Glinda, trains his rifle on her.

FIYERO
Let the green girl go.

ELPHABA
Fiyero--! How in Oz--?!

GLINDA
Fiyero--!

FIYERO
Let her go! Or explain to all Oz how the Wizard’s guards watched
while Glinda the Good was slain!

GLINDA
Fiyero, no-- !

The guards hesitate, completely thrown off by this-- Fiyero pulls Glinda close, holds the
rifle closer--

FIYERO
I said let her go--

Reluctantly, they do. He reaches out, grabs the broom without moving the rifle, throws
the broom to Elphaba.

FIYERO (CONT’D)
Elphaba, go! Now!

ELPHABA
No! Not without you!

GLINDA
(petrified)
Fiyero, please don’t--

FIYERO
(frighteningly fierce)
Hush!
(to Elphaba, just as fiercely)
NOW! GO!
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GLINDA
(also to Elphaba, yells)
DO IT!

Elphaba hesitates, then-- flies off, just as Fiyero throws down the rifle, releases Glinda.

GUARD
Seize him--!

The guards converge on him... they tie him with the rope...

GLINDA (CONT’D)
(to the guards)
No! What are you doing--? Stop!
(but they don’t--)
In the name of Goodness-- stop!

The Guards freeze, taken aback her fierceness. They continue to hold Fiyero tightly, but
they’re listening...

GLINDA
Don’t you see, he was never going to harm me, he just—
(hard to say)
He loves her—

FIYERO
(touched)
Glinda, I’m so sorry.

A pregnant silence. But then--


GUARD
(points)
Take him out to that field, there!

GLINDA
No—wait!

GUARD
Put him up on those poles-- till he tells us where the Witch went!

GLINDA
Don’t hurt him, please don’t hurt him! No!

But they ignore her, and drag him off.

GLINDA
FIYERO!!

And this takes us to--


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ACT TWO, Scene 6: AT KIAMO KO CASTLE

ELPHABA
Fiyero!

Elphaba has her book of spells open, she CHANTS a spell.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
ELEKA NAHMEN NAHMEN
AH TUM AH TUM ELEKA NAHMEN
ELEKA NAHMEN NAHMEN
AH TUM AH TUM ELEKA NAHMEN...

LET HIS FLESH NOT BE TORN


LET HIS BLOOD LEAVE NO STAIN
THOUGH THEY BEAT HIM
LET HIM FEEL NO PAIN
LET HIS BONES NEVER BREAK
AND HOWEVER THEY TRY
TO DESTROY HIM
LET HIM NEVER DIE
LET HIM NEVER DIE
ELEKA NAHMEN NAHMEN
AH TUM AH TUM ELEKA NAHMEN
ELEKA NAHMEN NAHMEN
AH TUM AH TUM ELEKA... ELEKA...

WHAT GOOD IS THIS CHANTING?


I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT I’M READING
I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT TRICK I OUGHT TO TRY
FIYERO, WHERE ARE YOU?
ALREADY DEAD OR BLEEDING?
ONE MORE DISASTER I CAN ADD TO MY
GENEROUS SUPPLY?

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED


NO ACT OF CHARITY GOES UNRESENTED
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
THAT’S MY NEW CREED
MY ROAD OF GOOD INTENTIONS
LED WHERE SUCH ROADS ALWAYS LEAD
NO GOOD DEED
GOES UNPUNISHED...

NESSA...
DOCTOR DILLAMOND...
FIYERO...
FIYERO...!!
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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
ONE QUESTION HAUNTS AND HURTS
TOO MUCH, TOO MUCH TO MENTION
WAS I REALLY SEEKING GOOD
OR JUST SEEKING ATTENTION?
IS THAT ALL GOOD DEEDS ARE
WHEN LOOKED AT WITH AN ICE-COLD EYE?
IF THAT’S ALL GOOD DEEDS ARE
MAYBE THAT’S THE REASON WHY

NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED


ALL HELPFUL URGES SHOULD BE CIRCUMVENTED
NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED
SURE, I MEANT WELL --
WELL, LOOK AT WHAT WELL-MEANT DID
ALL RIGHT, ENOUGH-- SO BE IT
SO BE IT THEN
LET ALL OZ BE AGREED
I’M WICKED THROUGH AND THROUGH
AND SINCE I CAN’T SUCCEED
FIYERO, SAVING YOU
I PROMISE NO GOOD DEED
WILL I ATTEMPT TO DO
AGAIN
EVER AGAIN
NO GOOD DEED
WILL I DO
AGAIN!
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ACT TWO, Scene 7: Outside the Wizard’s Palace. An angry mob has gathered,
CHEERING. Morrible and Glinda observe from the balcony above.

OZIANS
GO AND HUNT HER
AND FIND HER
AND KILL HER

PERSON 1
Good fortune Witch Hunters!

OZIANS
GO AND HUNT HER
AND FIND HER
AND KILL HER

PERSON 2
Kill the Witch!

OZIANS
WICKEDNESS MUST BE PUNISHED
EVIL EFFECTIVELY E-LIMINATED
WICKEDNESS MUST BE PUNISHED
KILL THE WITCH!

Boq – now of course the Tin Man –stands on a balcony above the crowd and addresses
them fervently.

BOQ
And this is more than just a service to the Wizard. I have a
personal score to settle with Elph-- with the Witch.
(sings)
IT’S DUE TO HER I’M MADE OF TIN
HER SPELL MADE THIS OCCUR
SO FOR ONCE I’M GLAD I’M HEARTLESS
I’LL BE HEARTLESS KILLING HER!

The crowd CHEERS.

BOQ (CONT’D)
And I’m not the only one!

And we see A LONG LION’S TAIL PEEKING OUT FROM BEHIND THE CURTAIN
HE’S STANDING NEAR.

BOQ
Come on… tell them what she did to you in class that day! How
you were just a cub, and she… cub-napped you--!
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LION’S VOICE
Nooo!

And the TAIL pulls itself away…

BOQ
(turns back to the crowd)
You see--?
THE LION ALSO
HAS A GRIEVANCE TO REPAY
IF SHE’D LET HIM FIGHT HIS OWN BATTLES
WHEN HE WAS YOUNG
HE WOULDN’T BE A COWARD TODAY!

CROWD
Kill her! Kill the Witch!

GLINDA
(in disbelief, to the crowd)
No—that’s not how it happened!
(to Morrible, urgently)
Madame-- we’ve got to stop this, it’s gone too far!

MORRIBLE
Oh, I think Elphaba can take care of herself.

GLINDA
But -- Madame-- something’s been troubling me. About Nessarose.
And that cyclone.

MORRIBLE
Yes, I suppose it was just... her time.

GLINDA
Was it? Or did you--?

Morrible suddenly leans threateningly close--

MORRIBLE
Now you listen to me, Missie. The rest of Oz may have fallen for
that “aren’t I good” routine, but I know better. You wanted this
from the beginning! And now you’re getting what you wanted. So
just smile, and wave, and shut up!

She turns, smiles broadly, waving to the crowd--

MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
Good fortune! Good fortune, Witch-hunters!

And a shaken Glinda turns back to the crowd, forces herself to wave.
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ALL
WICKEDNESS MUST BE PUNISHED
BRAVE WITCH HUNTERS, I’D JOIN YOU IF I COULD
BECAUSE WICKEDNESS MUST BE PUNISHED
PUNISHED
PUNISHED
BUT GOOD!
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ACT TWO, Scene 8: BACK AT KIAMO KO CASTLE. LATE AT NIGHT.

From offstage, THE SOUND OF LOUD SOBBING CAN BE HEARD. Elphaba emerges
from another part of the castle.

ELPHABA
Oh, for Oz sake, STOP CRYING! I can’t listen to it anymore! You
want to see your Aunt Em and your Uncle What’s-his-name again?
Then get those shoes off your feet!
(MORE SOBS)

She paces, wound up and manic, mutters under her breath--

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Squealy little brat. Takes a dead woman’s shoes. Must have been
raised in a barn!
(calls out)
CHISTERY!

Chistery , the Flying Monkey, appears.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
There you are! Chistery, where are the others?

Chistery points to the sky--

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Chistery, please— if you don’t at least try to keep speaking,
you’ll--

She breaks off, realizing that Chistery is staring at something, something that’s making
him keep silent. She turns. Glinda is there.

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
Go away.

GLINDA
They’re coming for you.

ELPHABA
Go away.

GLINDA
Let the little girl go. And that poor little dog—Dodo. Elphaba--
I’m sorry, but somebody has to say it: You are out of control! I
mean, come on. They’re just shoes! Let it go.
(comes closer; more gently)
Elphie, please. You can’t go on like this.
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ELPHABA
I can do anything I want – I’m the Wicked Witch of the West!

Suddenly TWO MONKEYS fly in. Elphaba rushes to them--

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
At last! What took you so long?

One of the monkeys hands her a piece of paper--

ELPHABA (CONT’D)
And what’s this, why are you bothering me with-- with-

She breaks off-- reads what’s written on the paper. Her expression changes. She GASPS.

GLINDA
What is it, what’s wrong?

Elphaba looks up at Glinda. Her eyes fill with tears.

GLINDA (CONT’D)
It’s Fiyero. Isn’t it.

Elphaba turns away from Glinda, covers her mouth with her hands.

GLINDA (CONT’D)
Is he...?

Elphaba turns back to Glinda-- she’s calm, unearthly calm-- calmer and more dignified
than we’ve ever seen her.

ELPHABA
We’ve seen his face for the last time.

GLINDA
(with a strangled SOB)
Oh no!

ELPHABA
You’re right. It’s time. I surrender.

Elphaba looks up from the note. Her gaze falls upon a bucket, in the corner. She walks
over to the bucket, stares at it.

GLINDA
Elphie... oh Elphie...
(she follows her gaze)
What is it?
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ELPHABA
(After a beat)
You can’t be found here, you must go.

GLINDA
No--

ELPHABA
You must—please!

GLINDA
Then I’ll go and tell them. I’ll tell everyone the truth --

ELPHABA
No! They’ll just turn against you!

GLINDA
I don’t care!

ELPHABA
Well, I do. Promise me you won’t try to clear my name.

GLINDA
Elphie, no, I –

ELPHABA
Promise.

GLINDA
All right, I promise. But I don’t understand.

ELPHABA
(sings)
I’M LIMITED
JUST LOOK AT ME -- I’M LIMITED
AND JUST LOOK AT YOU –
YOU CAN DO ALL I COULDN’T DO
GLINDA …

She signals to Chistery, and he brings the Book of Spells. Elphaba holds the Book out to
Glinda.

ELPHABA
Here.
(Glinda stares at the Book, stunned)
Go on. Take it.

GLINDA
Elphie... you know I can’t read this.
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ELPHABA
Well, then—you’ll have to learn.
(sings:)
BECAUSE NOW IT’S UP TO YOU
For both of us –
NOW IT’S UP TO YOU

GLINDA
Oh, Elphie...

ELPHABA
You’re the only friend I’ve ever had.

GLINDA
And I’ve had so many friends. But only one-- that mattered.
(sings)
I’VE HEARD IT SAID
THAT PEOPLE COME INTO OUR LIVES FOR A REASON
BRINGING SOMETHING WE MUST LEARN
AND WE ARE LED
TO THOSE WHO HELP US MOST TO GROW
IF WE LET THEM
AND WE HELP THEM IN RETURN
WELL, I DON’T KNOW IF I BELIEVE THAT’S TRUE
BUT I KNOW I’M WHO I AM TODAY
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM ORBIT


AS IT PASSES A SUN

LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A BOULDER


HALFWAY THROUGH THE WOOD
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE
BETTER?
BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD …

ELPHABA
IT WELL MAY BE
THAT WE WILL NEVER MEET AGAIN
IN THIS LIFETIME
SO LET ME SAY BEFORE WE PART
SO MUCH OF ME
IS MADE OF WHAT I LEARNED FROM YOU
YOU’LL BE WITH ME
LIKE A HANDPRINT ON MY HEART
AND NOW WHATEVER WAY OUR STORIES END
I KNOW YOU HAVE RE-WRITTEN MINE
BY BEING MY FRIEND...
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ELPHABA (CONT’D)
LIKE A SHIP BLOWN FROM ITS MOORING
BY A WIND OFF THE SEA
LIKE A SEED DROPPED BY A SKYBIRD
IN A DISTANT WOOD
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
BUT BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

GLINDA
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

BOTH
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD...

ELPHABA
AND JUST TO CLEAR THE AIR
I ASK FORGIVENESS
FOR THE THINGS I’VE DONE YOU BLAME ME FOR

GLINDA
BUT THEN, I GUESS WE KNOW
THERE’S BLAME TO SHARE

BOTH
AND NONE OF IT SEEMS TO MATTER ANYMORE

GLINDA ELPHABA
LIKE A COMET PULLED FROM LIKE A SHIP BLOWN OFF ITS
ORBIT/AS IT PASSES A SUN/ MOORING/BY A WIND OFF THE
LIKE A STREAM THAT MEETS A SEA/ LIKE A SEED DROPPED BY A
BOULDER/ HALF-WAY BIRD IN
THROUGH THE WOOD THE WOOD

BOTH
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER?
I DO BELIEVE I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR THE BETTER

GLINDA
AND BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

ELPHABA
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

BOTH
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED FOR GOOD.

They embrace.
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Suddenly WE HEAR A SOUND offstage.

GLINDA
What was that?

ELPHABA
(Pulling Glinda to a concealed spot:)
Hurry! No one can know you were here!

Elphaba pulls a curtain, concealing Glinda, as WE HEAR:

ELPHABA
Hide yourself--!

CHORUS
...AND GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED’S LIVES ARE LONELY
GOODNESS KNOWS
THE WICKED DIE ALONE...

Glinda watches from her side of the curtain. She sees the SHADOW OF A YOUNG GIRL, a
bucket of water, the water is thrown…

ELPHABA
(a heart-stopping cry)
Aaaahhhhh!

Beat. Glinda peeks out from her hiding place.

Slowly, Chistery pulls back the curtain. There is nothing left there but Elphaba’s hat.

GLINDA
Oh, Elphie…

Glinda crosses to the hat, slowly picks it up. She starts to slowly move away, clutching
the hat. Chistery notices-- a small green bottle on the floor. And forces himself to speak.

CHISTERY
(with difficulty)
Miss…?

Glinda turns, in startled.

CHISTERY
Miss Glinda…?

He holds the bottle out to her. She takes it, stares at it, an idea forming in her mind, as--

WE TRANSITION TO:
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ACT TWO, Scene 9. The Wizard’s Palace.

The Wizard sits, slumped in a chair. He takes the green bottle out of his jacket pocket and
swigs, as MORRIBLE addresses him cheerfully.

MORRIBLE
Well, I don’t know why you’re so despondiary. I thought it went
quite well-- they seemed thrilled to shreds with their brains and
their hearts and everything!

She looks up startled to see…

MORRIBLE (CONT’D)
Glinda! Why-- I thought you’d be out festivating!

Glinda looks at the Wizard. Holds out the green bottle.

GLINDA
This was Elphaba’s.

MORRIBLE
What?

WIZARD
What’s that you say?

GLINDA
(holds it out closer to him)
It was a keepsake. It was her mother’s, she told me so herself.

The Wizard stares at her, then at the bottle--

GLINDA (CONT’D)
I’ve only seen a little green bottle like this one other time. And it
was right here, in this room. You offered me a drink from it.

The Wizard moves closer to her, points to the bottle...

WIZARD
This belonged to-- her mother?

Glinda nods. We hear the Lover’s distant voice…

YOUNG WIZARD’S VOICE


HAVE ANOTHER DRINK
MY DARK-EYED BEAUTY…

The Wizard reaches out slowly, takes the bottle from Glinda, studies it--

WIZARD
Oh my Lord--
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WIZARD (CONT’D)
I AM A SENTIMENTAL MAN
WHO ALWAYS LONGED TO BE
A FATHER …

The Wizard STARTS TO CRY-- He sinks to his knees…

MORRIBLE
So that’s it. That’s why she had such power! She was a child of --
both worlds.

GLINDA
(to the Wizard, with quiet authority)
I want you to leave Oz. I’ll make the pronouncement myself: That
the strains of Wizard-ship have been too much, and you’re taking
an indefinite-- leave of absence.
(beat)
Did you hear what I said?

WIZARD
Yes, your Goodness.

GLINDA
You’d better go get your balloon ready.

The Wizard exits, a broken man.

GLINDA
(calls out)
Guards--!

Morrible turns anxiously to Glinda.

MORRIBLE
Glinda dear, I know we’ve had our miniscule differentiations in the
past, but --

GLINDA
(cuts her off)
Madame, have you ever considered how you’d fare? In captivity?

MORRIBLE
What? I don’t--

GLINDA
Captivity.
(like she’s hard of hearing)
Pri-son.
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GLINDA (CONT’D)
(normal speech)
Personally I can’t imagine you’ll hold up very well. You see, my
personal opinion is that you do not have... what it takes. I hope
you’ll prove me wrong. I doubt you will.
(to the Guards)
Take her away!

They seize Morrible, as--

MORRIBLE
What?! No! Noooooo!!

But over MORRIBLE’S LOUD PROTESTS, they drag her off, as we hear the
celebration outside the palace.

CELEBRANTS
GOOD NEWS! SHE’S DEAD!
THE WITCH OF THE WEST IS DEAD!
THE WICKEDEST WITCH THERE EVER WAS
THE ENEMY OF ALL OF US HERE IN OZ
IS DEAD!

WE SEE GLINDA. Stepping into her bubble machine, getting ready to greet the citizens
of Oz. Chistery crosses to her, carrying the book of spells. He hands her the book.
She gratefully accepts the book from him.

CELEBRANTS
GOOD NEWS…

And as GLINDA ASCENDS in the bubble machine, WE TRANSITION BACK TO


KIAMO KO…

Where the Scarecrow appears. He glances around stealthily, then kneels, KNOCKS on
the floor three times.

SCARECROW
It worked.

A trap door in the floor suddenly opens, and Elphaba sticks her head out.
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ELPHABA
(is it really you?)
Fiyero--?
(realizing it is…)
Oh Fiyero... I thought you’d never get here!

The Scarecrow helps Elphaba out of the trap door. She stares at him. Reaches out to
touch him-- then pulls her hand back.

SCARECROW
Go ahead-- touch. I don’t mind.

She hesitantly moves closer, touches his scarecrow face.

SCARECROW (CONT’D)
You did the best you could. You saved my life.

ELPHABA
You’re still beautiful.

SCARECROW
You don’t have to lie to me.

ELPHABA
It’s not lying. It’s looking at things-- another way.

ALL
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED
NOW AT LAST SHE’S DEAD AND GONE
NOW AT LAST THERE’S JOY THROUGHOUT THE LAND

BACK AT THE WIZARD’S PALACE --


Glinda, out on the balcony, addresses the crowd --

GLINDA
Fellow Ozians. Friends... We have been through a frightening time.
And there will be other times, and other things that frighten us.
But if you’ll let me, I’d like to try -- to help. I’d like to try to be --
Glinda the Good.

CROWD
GOOD NEWS!

BACK AT KIAMO KO—

SCARECROW
(holds out his hand)
It’s time to go.
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ELPHABA
(the finality of it hits her)
We can never come back to Oz. Can we.

SCARECROW
No.

ELPHABA
I only wish--
(breaks off)

SCARECROW
What?

ELPHABA
That Glinda could know. That we’re alive.

SCARECROW
She can’t know. Not if we want to be safe. No one can ever know.

CROWD
(softly, in the distance)
GOOD NEWS...

SCARECROW
(takes Elphaba’s hand again)
Come.

GLINDA, IN HER PALACE CHAMBER, clasps the book of spells to her heart, and
SINGS SOFTLY--
GLINDA
WHO CAN SAY IF I’VE BEEN
CHANGED FOR THE BETTER
BUT...

ELPHABA/GLINDA
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

CROWD
(in the distance)
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED...

GLINDA
BECAUSE I KNEW YOU...

ELPHABA/GLINDA
I HAVE BEEN CHANGED...

CROWD
NO ONE MOURNS THE WICKED...
WICKED...
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Fiyero and Elphaba disappear into the Unknown, as Glinda, alone, weeps for her lost
friend.

CROWD (CONT’D)
WICKED!

THE END