‘Wicked’ Witch Costume Joining Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers at Smithsonian

WASHINGTON — A witch hat, dress and broom from Broadway’s “Wicked” will join Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” in the collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Tony Award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty will sign over the costume of Elphaba from “Wicked” on Monday.

“Wicked” opened in 2003 and tells the story of the witches of Oz, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. It follows two friends who grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

The costume goes on display in the “American Stories” exhibit. Actresses playing Elphaba and Glinda in the show will perform during a donation ceremony.

The costume joins objects from Broadway’s “The Lion King,” ”Rent” and “The King and I” in the Smithsonian entertainment collection.

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