Fan Interview: Dana

Today we have a fan interview from Dana, who has seen the show eight times between Broadway and the 2nd National Tour in Norfolk, Virginia. She first saw the show in August 2007 and last saw the show in January 2010. Enjoy her interview, printed below!

Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?

Oh my goodness! How can you have a ‘favorite’, right? Every woman I have seen in that role has been phenomenal. As someone who has seen the show multiple times, I often find myself going into the theatre excited to see [insert actress here] as Elphaba, and as I watch that person on stage, in my head I’m like “Oh man! [insert actress here] is OWNING this” or [insert actress here] is amazing in this scene. ” I am always subconsciously aware of who the actual person is on stage. When I saw Dee Roscioli in the role, there was no Dee. I was seeing Elphaba. It was ALL Elphaba. She was the first actress that made me forget I was watching an actress play Elphaba, and convinced me 100% that she WAS Elphaba. It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced. So, I guess that makes her my favorite? I still think it’s impossible to chose.

Who is your favorite Glinda and why?

Erin Mackey. For pretty much the same reason as above. She made me forget I was watching the amazing Erin Mackey PLAY Glinda, and made me believe I was ACTUALLY watching Glinda. All the Glinda’s I have seen I have loooooved, though!! With all the amazing people who play these roles, you honestly, REALLY, cannot pick a favorite.

Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?

I thoroughly enjoyed Julia Murney and Kendra Kassebaum as an Elphie/Glinda pair. They knew each other as characters so well, and both their comedic and heartfelt scenes together were wonderful. You believed in their friendship. I cried during their “For Good”. Yesahdid.

What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?

Cristy Candler as Nessa. She is just so perfect!! The ensemble is my absolute favorite part of the show! I love them and think they deserve so much more credit than they get. Lindsay K. Northen is one of my favorite ensemble members.

Who are some standout understudies you have seen?

I am actually very fortunate (or unfortunate) with the number of understudies I have seen. Wicked is one of the shows where I am always dying to have a little slip of paper sticking out of my playbill. It has only happened once (besides the ones for new people joining the company.) I saw Lisa Brescia as Elphaba the second time I saw the show on Broadway (she was the standby.) LOVED HER SO MUCH! It is my dreeeeeam to see Ms. Northen as Glinda. One day. It’ll happen. OH! And I hope to see Anne Brummel as Elphaba on tour, too.

Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?

Heather Spore, hands down. She is such a sweetheart. You have to get to the stage door super fast if you want to catch her, but she is always willing to take a picture/sign your playbill/chat with you.

What was your favorite time seeing the show?

Well, of course the first time I saw it on Broadway was magical, but I really enjoyed it on tour (2NT)! It was so cool that I only had to drive an hour away—the show was coming to ME this time. Plus, I had seen Marcie on Broadway and thought she was awesome. And I was looking forward to seeing Helene! And Anne! I actually won lotto and got to sit in the first row, so I was full of excitedness (is that a word?) the entire time.

Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?

Well, I wouldn’t be a 17-year-old-Broadway-loving-girl if I didn’t love Next to Normal and Hair, right? I DO love them. I also love anything that Stephen Sondheim did. He’s a genius. And I’m also loving this German musical called “Tanz der Vampire” that my friend got me hooked on.

What was your favorite time seeing the show?

Well, of course the first time I saw it on Broadway was magical, but I really enjoyed it on tour (2NT)! It was so cool that I only had to drive an hour away—the show was coming to ME this time. Plus, I had seen Marcie on Broadway and thought she was awesome. And I was looking forward to seeing Helene! And Anne! I actually won lotto and got to sit in the first row, so I was full of excitedness (is that a word?) the entire time.

Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?

This is quite easy,actually: Julie Reiber. We all know her story/adventure with Wicked, and I think that she is inspiring, ya know? She just loves to perform; it doesn’t have to be Broadway. She did “Caroline or Change” in Minnesota, she did “Vanities” as a stanby, not even knowing if she would get to go on, and she’s going to be doing a show in North Carolina next month. Plus all the readings/solo shows/concerts she does. The girl loves to work, and I think that is so wonderful. She always has a positive attitude about things and uses each step in her career as a learning experience or stepping stone for something else. And I also have to mention Caissie Levy, who inspires me on so many different levels and just makes me smile. 🙂



PHOTO: Dana with Heather Spore

Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
Oh my goodness! How can you have a ‘favorite’, right? Every woman I have seen in
that role has been phenomenal. As someone who has seen the show multiple times, I
often find myself going into the theatre excited to see [insert actress here] as
Elphaba, and as I watch that person on stage, in my head I’m like “Oh man! [insert
actress here] is OWNING this” or [insert actress here] is amazing in this scene. ” I
am always subconsciously aware of who the actual person is on stage.  When I saw Dee
Roscioli in the role, there was no Dee. I was seeing Elphaba. It was ALL Elphaba.
She was the first actress that made me forget I was watching an actress play
Elphaba, and convinced me 100% that she WAS Elphaba. It was one of the most amazing
things I have ever experienced. So, I guess that makes her my favorite? I still
think it’s impossible to chose.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
Erin Mackey. For pretty much the same reason as above. She made me forget I was
watching the amazing Erin Mackey PLAY Glinda, and made me believe I was ACTUALLY
watching Glinda. All the Glinda’s I have seen I have loooooved, though!! With all
the amazing people who play these roles, you honestly, REALLY, cannot pick a
favorite. 

Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?

I thoroughly enjoyed Julia Murney and Kendra Kassebaum as an Elphie/Glinda pair.
They knew each other as characters so well, and both their comedic and heartfelt
scenes together were wonderful. You believed in their friendship. I cried during
their “For Good”. Yesahdid. 

What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?

Cristy Candler as Nessa. She is just so perfect!! The ensemble is my absolute
favorite part of the show! I love them and think they deserve so much more credit
than they get. Lindsay K. Northen is one of my favorite ensemble members. 

Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
I am actually very fortunate (or unfortunate) with the number of understudies I have
seen. Wicked is one of the shows where I am always dying to have a little slip of
paper sticking out of my playbill. It has only happened once (besides the ones for
new people joining the company.) I saw Lisa Brescia as Elphaba the second time I saw
the show on Broadway (she was the standby.) LOVED HER SO MUCH! It is my dreeeeeam to
see Ms. Northen as Glinda. One day. It’ll happen. OH! And I hope to see Anne Brummel
as Elphaba on tour, too. 

Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?

Heather Spore, hands down. She is such a sweetheart. You have to get to the stage
door super fast if you want to catch her, but she is always willing to take a
picture/sign your playbill/chat with you. 

What was your favorite time seeing the show? 

Well, of course the first time I saw it on Broadway was magical, but I really
enjoyed it on tour (2NT)! It was so cool that I only had to drive an hour away—the
show was coming to ME this time. Plus, I had seen Marcie on Broadway and thought she
was awesome. And I was looking forward to seeing Helene! And Anne! I actually won
lotto and got to sit in the first row, so I was full of excitedness (is that a
word?) the entire time.

Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
Well, I wouldn’t be a 17-year-old-Broadway-loving-girl if I didn’t love Next to
Normal and Hair, right? I DO love them. I also love anything that Stephen Sondheim
did. He’s a genius. And I’m also loving this German musical called “Tanz der
Vampire” that my friend got me hooked on.

Which "Wicked" alumni/current cast member's work outside of "Wicked" do you admire
most?

What was your favorite time seeing the show? 

Well, of course the first time I saw it on Broadway was magical, but I really
enjoyed it on tour (2NT)! It was so cool that I only had to drive an hour away—the
show was coming to ME this time. Plus, I had seen Marcie on Broadway and thought she
was awesome. And I was looking forward to seeing Helene! And Anne! I actually won
lotto and got to sit in the first row, so I was full of excitedness (is that a
word?) the entire time.

Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
Well, I wouldn’t be a 17-year-old-Broadway-loving-girl if I didn’t love Next to
Normal and Hair, right? I DO love them. I also love anything that Stephen Sondheim
did. He’s a genius. And I’m also loving this German musical called “Tanz der
Vampire” that my friend got me hooked on.

Which "Wicked" alumni/current cast member's work outside of "Wicked" do you admire
most?
This is quite easy,actually: Julie Reiber. We all know her story/adventure with
Wicked, and I think that she is inspiring, ya know? She just loves to perform; it
doesn’t have to be Broadway. She did “Caroline or Change” in Minnesota, she did
“Vanities” as a stanby, not even knowing if she would get to go on, and she’s going
to be doing a show in North Carolina next month. Plus all the readings/solo
shows/concerts she does. The girl loves to work, and I think that is so wonderful.
She always has a positive attitude about things and uses each step in her career as
a learning experience or stepping stone for something else. And I also have to
mention Caissie Levy, who inspires me on so many different levels and just makes me
smile. J
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