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Elphaba, Glinda, and the citizens of the Emerald City wearing the emerald glasses.

The Emerald Glasses are the glasses worn by Elphaba and Glinda during the song One Short Day.

In the Novels


It is believed that they are worn to protect the citizens' eyes from being damaged by the bright green wonder of the Emerald City. This is most likely linked to the Wizard of Oz storyline in which citizens are forced to wear the glasses to make them believe that the city is emerald green, a trick brought about by the Wizard.

In the Musical

Like the novel and the 1939 film, the city is actually green, and the glasses are made quite superfluous, being completely absent from The Wizard of Oz.