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"Wicked": The Grimmerie Hardcover – 13 Jul 2006


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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (13 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308201
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308209
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,084 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By K. Bradburn on 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 By Brian C. Strachan on 23 Feb. 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By S. Macdonald on 17 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By Smallvillenews VINE VOICE on 20 Nov. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Jardine on 11 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. M. T. Devaney on 8 Jun. 2007
Format: Hardcover
OH MY GOD..... I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS IS.... I HAVE NOT SEEN THE PLAY BUT I HAVE READ THE NOVEL AND I HAVE THE SOUNDTRACK AND I AM OBSESSED!! I WILL BE GOING ALL THE WAY TO NYC TO SEE THE PRODUCTION AND THEN WILL SEE IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR IN LONDON!!

THIS BOOK IS TRUELY WORTH THE MONEY... THE PICTURES ARE AMAZING AND THE WAY THE BOOK IS PUT TOGETHER IS EQUALLY AMAZING EVEN MY BROTHER WHO HATES BOOKS SAYS HE LIKES THIS ONE! I SUGGEST THAT ANYONE WHO LIKES, LOVES OR DOSEN'T KNOW WICKED BUY THIS BOOK FOR A GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF THE SHOW! 5 STAR BUY FOR YOURSELF OR FOR A GIFT.
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