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Elphaba 'Wicked' costume inducted into Smithsonian

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The iconic costume of Elphaba the Witch from the Tony Award-winning musical "Wicked" was inducted Monday into the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

Designed by Tony winning costumer Susan Hilferty, the dress, cape and iconic black hat worn by actress Mandy Gonzalez, who starred as Elphaba from March 2010-Jan. 2011, will be featured alongside costumes from such classic musicals as "The King and I," "Rent" and "The Lion King."

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"Hilferty's designs bring the story of the witches of Oz prior to Dorothy's arrival, to life," said Marc Pachter, acting director of the museum, in a statement. "This donation is a significant addition to the museum's entertainment collection and shows the enduring cultural contribution of Broadway hits to American life."

The costume is on display in the "American Stories" exhibition.

"Wicked" is currently playing on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre. For tickets, visit www.wickedthemusical.com

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