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Witch costume from 'Wicked' goes to Smithsonian

Monday - 12/17/2012, 5:58pm  ET

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The costume of Elphaba from "Wicked" will join Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" in the collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (Randi Martin/WTOP)
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Elphaba, the bad witch, comes to the Smithsonian

WTOP's Randi Martin reports

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WASHINGTON - A witch hat, dress and broom from Broadway's "Wicked" joined 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 signed 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 Donna Vivino and Tiffany Haas who have played Elphaba and Glinda respectively in the show performed songs from "Wicked" during the donation ceremony.

Dwight Bowers, who heads up the museum's entertainment collections, says Elphaba's costume from "Wicked" will represent the success of the show well.

"It is the 12th longest running Broadway show and we count and chronicle Broadway in what we collect here," he says.

Elphaba's ensemble now joins other iconic Broadway items like Dorothy's red shoes, costumes from "A Chorus Line" and "The Lion King" at the museum.

WTOP's Randi Martin contributed to this story.

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