Wicked Musical Quotes
Wicked the musical Quotations
Here are some of the "popular" phrases from Wicked the musical, drawn from Wicked lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and the book by Winnie Holzman. Also see our main Wicked home page for more info about the show.
Then in "Defying Gravity," she sings
By the end of the show, she sings another variation. See Wicked - For Good
"I'm through accepting limits
In this song, Elphaba is turning her life in a new direction, and must rise above limitations suggested by the Wizard and Ozian society, as well as boundaries she had set for herself.
"Everyone deserves the chance to fly" Elphaba sings this in "Defying Gravity," repeating a phrase the Wizard used in "Sentimental Man."
"Don't be offended by my frank analysis
"Those who don't try
"No good deed goes unpunished," from the song, "No Good Deed." This is a popular proverb that Stephen Schwartz had often heard in his life.
"The most celebrated are the rehabilitated" The Wizard of Oz sings this in "Wonderful," implying that if Elphaba abandons her behavior that caused her to be labeled as the Wicked Witch of the West, she would be accepted by the citizens of Oz.
Change of Perception: "You've got me seeing through different eyes" - Fiyero's line from "As Long As You're Mine." Also a line spoken at different times by both Elphaba and Fiyero: "It’s looking at things another way."
"I have been changed for good" from "For Good"
ESSENTIAL READING FOR FANS: To read 150 fascinating pages on the making of Wicked that includes handwritten quotes by Schwartz, see the Stephen Schwartz biography Defying Gravity. www.defyinggravitythebook.com.
Defying Gravity includes dozens of quotes from Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, Idina Menzel and others about the making of Wicked, from its inception as a musical in 1996 through the opening in 2003.
Quotes from the script
by Winnie Holzman as pubished in The Grimmerie.
page 140 - Glinda's question
Girl in the crowd: Glinda, why does wickedness happen?
Glinda: That's a good question. One that many people find confusifying: Are people born Wicked? Or do they have Wickedness thrust upon them?
page 167- quote from the Wizard
Wizard: 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....
page 170: after "As Long As You're Mine"
Fiyero: What is it?
Elphaba: it's just, for the first time--I feel wicked.
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