‘Wicked’ is the much-loved theatre classic that has been viewed by over 11 million theatregoers! And that’s just on Broadway! This is a show that has sparked many theatre obsessions since it’s debut in 2003. With music by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, the musical retells the 1900 novel, ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ by L. Frank Baum and the 1939 staple movie musical ‘Wizard of Oz’. The Original Broadway Cast (OBC) of Wicked starred Idina Menzel, Kristen Chenoweth, Norbert Leo Butz, Michelle Federer and Christopher Fitzgerald. Similar to ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Wicked’ is one of those shows that has given many actors and actresses their big career debut.
‘Wicked’ is the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West. We know her as a villain, but who is she really? Elphaba Thropp is a misunderstood but young girl, but there is a major difference between her an everyone else… she’s green. She crosses paths with the popular, blonde-haired Galinda (also know simply as Glinda) and the two become unlikely friends. Despite their differences, namely Glinda’s unflinching desire for power and fame and Elphaba’s determination to be accepted as she is, they embark on many extraordinary adventures throughout Oz. Along the way you meet characters such as the wonderful Wizard, Elphaba’s non-green sister Nessa, Dr Dillamond, Madame Morrible and popular party boy Fiyero. But how do the two friends become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West?
‘We Can’t All Come And Go By Bubble’ is a phrase that Elphaba says to Glinda. During the first song, and something probably known from the 1939 film ‘Wizard of Oz’, is that a large magical bubble is something that Glinda uses as a mode of transport. At one point in the show, the two end up in a huge fight and one of the verbal insults thrown by the Good Witch is “…and what exactly have you been doing besides riding around on that filthy thing?” (Referring to the broomstick the Wicked Witch is famous for), warranting Elphaba’s response of “well we can’t all come and go by bubble!” One of Glinda’s most famous outfits in the show, and the reference for this pin was “the bubble dress” which is a beautiful blue, glittery ballgown style dress featuring multiple large petals resembling bubbles that cover the bottom half. And she just happens to be wearing this exact dress as the statement is said, so a blue glittery pin that matches her outfit makes perfect sense!
You can find out more about the show and the various worldwide productions at https://wickedthemusical.com/