Today, we are pleased to be posting a fan interview with another reader of ours – Steven G. When the Los Angeles production was open, he saw it fifteen times, between July 2007 and January 2009. Read the interview below!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
It’s always been difficult for me to pick between Eden Espinosa or Caissie Levy, but ultimately, I’ve got to go with Eden Espinosa. Eden really transforms herself into the character and add so much detail to the character. I saw a show when Eden was sick, but she still gave it her all and was still phenomenal. It’s clear she truly connects to the character and pacts each performance with so much emotion. Also, her vocal are just amazing.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
Megan Hilty. When I left the Pantages Theater after seeing Wicked for the first time, I could not stop thinking about how great the actress was who played Glinda, which was Megan. She is funny beyond belief and also incorporates emotion to the character. No one I’ve seen has ever matched her “Popular.” In fact, with out Megan Hilty as Glinda, it just doesn’t feel like Wicked to me.
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
I actually thought Erin Mackey and Teal Wicks had the best chemistry. They really interacted well with one another. Of course, I’m a huge Eden/Megan fanatic, but I think Teal and Erin were outstanding together.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
I’ve always loved Jenna Leigh Green as Nessarose. I think everyone who was in the Los Angeles ensemble was terrific.
Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
Melissa Fahn was by far the best understudy I’ve seen. I saw her in December, and at first, I was very disappointed Megan Hilty wasn’t on. However, I quickly warmed up to Melissa and wound up loving her performance. Melissa is very charismatic and gave an amazing performance. Also, Emily Rozek and Laura Woyasz were great as Glinda.
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
Marice Dodd is definitely one of the sweetest people I‘ve ever met. I remember I first met Marcie after her fourth show as Nessarose in Los Angeles. She was very kind when she came out and talked quite a bit with me. The next time I met her was during a cold night in December. I was out there freezing and waiting for the cast. When she came out, she came up to me and noticed I was cold, so she rubbed my hand to warm it up. It was so sweet. I’ve got to give an honorable mention to Caissie Levy and Megan Hilty who were always so sweet every time I met them.
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
May 11, 2008 – Caissie’s final show in Los Angeles. The energy and performances that night were incredible. Caissie blew the roof off the Pantages and Megan was extra hilarious. Right after Caissie’s Defying Gravity, I was literally paralyzed in my seat, it was so powerful. She was so amazing. There are no words to describe that night.
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
Vanities, A New Musical is my all time favorite show. And ironically enough, Vanities shares the same day as my Wicked anniversary. I saw Wicked for the first time on July 22, 2007 and I saw the New York production of Vanities for the first time on July 22, 2009.
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
I thought Megan Hilty was fantastic in 9 to 5 when I got to see her in the Los Angeles previews.