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"Wicked": The Grimmerie [Hardcover]

David Cote
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308209
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 23.5 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Before the yellow brick road, this work presents an exclusive first look behind the scenes of the No. 1 Broadway musical "Wicked". It is packed with beautiful colour photos, inside stories and profiles of the cast and creative team. "The Wicked" musical is one of the most exciting shows on Broadway today, loved by both fans and critics alike. The most successful Broadway musical of 2004, the musical tells the back story of the "Land of Oz", focusing on two very recognisable figures: Galinda, the good witch, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. "Wicked: The Grimmerie" takes fans backstage, providing vivid photos of the characters and set, profiling the talents behind the show and offering special features that go beyond traditional tie-in material - an "Ozian" glossary, excerpts from the show's libretto, an illustrated family tree that links each of the characters and a step-by-step look at how Elphaba gets green before every show!

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wicked Purchase 9 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I bought the Grimmerie, as my only points of reference were the cover, and amazon uk/us site reviews.

However, if anyone considers themselves a serious fan of the show, this is absolutely a must-have.

There is alot of detail on how the show was put togther, how it came to be from the first ideas of the plot in Maguire's head to a fully-fledged hit on Broadway.

The photos are fantastic, although most were nothing I hadn't seen before from promotional shots except for some like those of Elphie "getting green" and some special shots of the tour cast etc.

The detail that has gone into the book is wonderful and the size and material within it are well worth the price.

I was disappointed by nothing, and so thoroughly recommend it. It's a great companion book to the show, and I've not yet seen something quite like it, bar the Rent "bible" by Jonathon Larson. Hopefully it'll inspire other hit shows to do the same!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful gift 23 Feb 2006
I bought this as a gift for my Wicked obsessed neice and she absolutley loves it. The quality and finish of the book is quite exceptional. The details and background to the production shed new light and make for a wonderfully eye opening read.
As a UK buyer the end price still made it a quite superb buy
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Grimmerie" is truly a magic of its own 17 July 2007
Being a huge Wicked fan, I asked my mother to buy me The Grimmerie for my birthday, and I was in no way let down.

The presentation of the book in itself is lush, detailed and in a world of it's own. The thickly padded cover is comfortable to the feel, and the textured pattern on the front cover offers a nice contrast with the smoothness of the rest of the front. Even the writing its very self is printed in a way to seem natural looking on the book, and the aged effect appears very pleasing to the eye.

Inside, the book is full of interesting snippets of information, including information on the background and writing of each song in the show, and there are interviews with the cast members over their decisions on how to portray their characters. The pages are once more made to look old and worn, but the information and pictures on them still manage to look beautiful, vibrant and bring to life the musical in a way not seen before in print.

At close to 200 pages, the book may seem rather short as a complete background to the show, but the pages are packed with so much text, information, and imagery to keep even the least enthusiastic fan of wicked happy. The libretto within may not be a complete libretto (excerpts from key scenes such as The Wicked Witch Of The East or the cornfields scene are missing or condensed) but still give a nice flavour of the shows contents.

It is truly an outstanding book, and one which I will recommend to any fan of the musical, however if you have not seen the show then it is probably more advisable to see the show before looking at the book, as spoilers are contained within.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does not contain the script! 20 Nov 2007
By Smallvillenews VINE VOICE
This book is a must for any avid fan of the show "Wicked".

I originally bought this book because I was told by the theatre staff at the apollo, that the script for the show was in it, after I asked if the script was available for the show... this loses the book a star and a the staff lose a star too... this book DOES NOT contain the script to Wicked at all, it merely has small excerpts from various scenes throughout the show, which from my point of view was a major disappointment.

However, with that said, this book is still fantastic. The whole book shows character and is created to look old and antique, the cover is beautifully crafted to feel soft and has a lovely texture and feel to it. Each page has been printed beautifully and is pleasing to the eye.

The contents of the book take you from it's origional book to it's creation as a stage masterpiece. There are sections about every aspect of the show that you could possibly imagine, including costume and set design, to beautiful pictures of origional cast members.

So, if you just want the script this is not for you, but if you are just crazy about the show go ahead and buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 10 April 2007
By Emma
I'm a big fan of the show and I bought The Grimmerie to get a more in depth knowledge. It's fantastic! The pictures are bold and bright, there is so much information! I'm also glad I bought it here for half the price of what it is on sale for at the Wicked merchandise website. I loved the interviews and behind the scenes look, and I will be trying to learn Elphie's dance too xD The libretto is quite good as it puts in the extra dialogue into the songs which will come in useful for musical theatre exams xD All in all a must have if you are a big fan of the show!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Insight 11 Jun 2007
This book is wonderful, not only is it informative but is a lovely book to have. So much thought has been put into this, the presentation is amazing, and with it's beautifully padded cover makes it a joy to hold.

It is fantastic, as a member of a musical theatre company myself to see the full process and what is involved in getting a show from pen to stage.

I bought this from the theatre when we went to see the show (easily up there as one of my favourites), and I would recommend that you do not delve too deeply into this book if you have not seen the show as it contains LOTS of spoilers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Seen the musical and saw this at the show and i wanted to get it but then bought on amazon for a better price, very impressed with the book, lovely photos everything you need to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cherise Cutbush
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality and value
A beautiful book and a must for any wicked fan and much cheaper than buying it at the threartre, and when you consider how much programmes cost, this does make it very good value.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is an amazing book which my daughter absolutely loves reading & so do I. it bring the show to life!
Published 6 months ago by Catriona Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for any fan of the musical
This was bought for the girlfriend and she as a fan of the musical (so much so she refuses to watch Sam Raimi's 'OZ') - she welled up with tears on opening this gorgeous book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by SiMo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
Bought this for my 11 year old daughter to accompany tickets to the show. She loves it, it was a great help for her understanding the show and she was pointing things out to me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked!!!
Apparently I am the best parent in the world because I bought this! My daughter is incredibly happy and says it contains everything she wanted
Published 8 months ago by aveburygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked The Grimmerie
Bought this book along with wicked ( years one) gave to her on her birthday along with tickets to the show. Excellent book
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
If you are a fan of Wicked the musical, this is a must have. It has so much information on how the show was conceived and produced, and some really great insights into backstage... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Boght as a gift
This was bought as a birthday gift and was very well received. The story was informative and the photos were lovely.
Published 15 months ago by Jacqueline Burrows
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I received this as a birthday present as I am obsessed with Wicked, I can't stop looking at it, the pages are beautifully presented and there is so much information in there. Read more
Published 16 months ago by India
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