Today’s fan interview is with Mikayla from Minnesota. Since 2008, Mikayla has seen the show five times between the Broadway, First National Tour, and Second National Tour productions. Thanks Mikayla!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
I don’t know if I could name one favorite Elphaba. All the actresses I’ve seen have been phenomenal. Each of them shine in their own unique way. Chelsea Krombach holds a special place in my heart because she was my very first Elphaba, and I feel so lucky I had the privilege of seeing her because not many people have. But if I had to choose one, the one that does stick out to me that I remember being absolutely amazed by was Jennifer DiNoia. Going into the show, I actually was not expecting all that much from her because of other reviews, but after Defying Gravity, my jaw was literally on the ground.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
As said before in the answer to the previous question, each actress shines in their own unique way and every single person who has played this role is so talented, and I’ve enjoyed each and every performance. Annaleigh was my first Glinda, and I loved her and still do, and Heléne was just a joy to see, but I can say my favorite Glinda is Katie Rose Clarke. She just captures the role so perfectly. Her acting is superb, her voice incredible, and her overall performance just phenomenal. I can not find the words to express how talented I think she is. I’ve had the chance to see her twice now, and each time I came out of the theatre thinking, “Oh my God. This girl is freaking unbelievable.”
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
From the five Elphie/Glinda pairs I’ve seen, I have to most definitely say Alli Mauzey and Nicole Parker. They played off each other so incredibly well, and you could really tell they were having a lot of fun onstage. Though I’ve been very impressed with the chemistry between other pairs I’ve seen because the majority of them have been understudies/standbys or just starting to work together.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
So many. I’ve never seen the show and come out feeling disappointed with a cast. Kristine Reese was terrific as Nessa. I think she really did a good job of capturing the character. I thought David Burnham did a great job as Fiyero, as did Richard H. Blake. I could go on and on about the ensemble. They really make the show for me. Some of my favorite ensemble members who I just think are great are Lindsay Northen, Heather Spore, Briana Yacavone (I’m determined to see her as Nessa one day), Kenway Kua, Casey Quinn, Kevin Yee, Jenn Furman… I could go on.
Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
I’ve actually gotten the chance to see a lot of understudies, and I personally think that’s a wonderful thing. The first time I saw the show, Chelsea Krombach was on for Stephanie Block and to be honest, I was a little disappointed because I really had wanted to see Stephanie, but Chelsea did not disappoint. After, she told me she hadn’t gone on for months, and it was one of her performances, so I was even more impressed. Also, I saw Anne Brummel on for Elphaba, and at the same performance, Michelle London on for Nessarose and those two blew me away. I knew they were both fantastic, but I had no idea they were that fantastic.
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
Wow, well there’s never been someone who hasn’t been anything but nice. I can tell you some of the most memorable experiences though. The first time I saw the show was in New York, and Briana Yacavone took me backstage and showed me around. She was, and still is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met, and everyone I met that night was as well. Annaleigh and Chelsea were so kind. Also, Nicole Parker who takes the time to personalize everything she signs. Katie Rose and Jenny were both so grateful and so genuine to everybody. Heather Spore and Lindsay Northen… I can’t say anything bad about them! Anne Brummel is also one of the most kind people I’ve met, as well as Michelle London. … And I again, I could go on, but I won’t bore you to death.
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
It would have to be either the first or second time I saw the show. As I said before, the first time was in New York with Chelsea and Annaleigh and it was a night I’ll never forget. I won lotto and Briana showed me around backstage. I had the chance to see the dressing rooms, see the costumes and sets and stand on the Gershwin Stage. When the first national tour came to Minneapolis, it was the first time I saw Katie Rose and I also got the chance to go backstage then as well. Katie and Donna were wonderful, and really took the time to talk with me and show me around. I got to wear Glinda’s crown, Elphaba’s hat, and hold their wand and broom… another night I’ll never forget. 🙂
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
Hair is my absolutely favorite show at the moment. This is going to sound so incredibly cliche, but it’s so true. This show has meant so much to me and really made me a better person. It’s just such a fun and different experience each time you see the show. I really don’t have the words to describe my love for this show.
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
I don’t know if I can choose just one. I admire them all, and they all are really talented people, and that shows in everything they do. Any of them could be in a different show, a movie, TV show, their own CD, concert and they will shine in it.
PHOTO: Mikayla with Katie Rose Clarke at the stagedoor.