Today’s Fan Interview is with Isaac, the Editor-In-Chief of Innuendo & Outuendo. Isaac is from Alabama, and has seen the show 14 times between the 1st National Tour (Atlanta & New Orleans) and the 2nd National Tour (Birmingham & Nashville). He first saw the show on October 24, 2008 in Atlanta and last saw it on April 11, 2010 in New Orleans. Isaac wanted to share some of his thoughts on “Wicked”, with you, the readers. Thanks, Isaac, for this interview!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
Though all four ladies I’ve seen are immensely talented, this title definitely goes to Marcie Dodd. The main reason for this is her voice – she can start off a song SO quiet but then suddenly bust out with this hugely powerful voice that will send chills down your spine. Her youth is also helpful to her spot as number one, as it makes her acting so believable. Donna Vivino was great as well, with nice acting and another powerhouse voice. My favorite acting-wise, Merideth Kaye Clark, absolutely makes you fall in love with the character due to her timidness and still nice voic
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
I kind of go back in forth on my favorite Glinda between Michelle London and Meggie Cansler. Michelle has a hilariously spazzy interpretation that still has an awesome character arc in Act two and never goes over the top in Act 1. Meggie is much more refined and upper-class as Glinda. Both had amazing voices that seemed to effortlessly touch on the top notes. All in all, I think all six of the ladies I’ve seen as Glinda have done a fantastic job.
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
Carmen Cusack and Katie Rose Clarke definitely had the best out of who I’ve seen – they worked incredibly well together and their voices blended nicely as well. Also, Marcie Dodd and Helene Yorke did a great job together.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
I really enjoyed Richard H. Blake as Fiyero, Myra Lucretia Taylor as Madame Morrible, DeeDee Magno Hall & Jacqui Graziano as Nessarose, and Justin Brill as Boq. In the ensemble, Merideth Kaye Clark, Renee Lawless-Orsini, Erin Wilson, Nathan Peck, Jenn Furman, Michelle London, Natalie Weiss, and Emily Ferranti were standouts between both tours.
Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
Like every one of them? haha, I’ve seriously enjoyed nearly every understudy I’ve seen, but just to name a few: Merideth Kaye Clark as Elphaba; Michelle London, Meggie Cansler, and Stefanie Brown as Glinda; and Stefanie Brown and Jacqui Graziano as Nessarose. All of these ladies really made the interpretation of the role their own and did a killer job -performers like them are the reason why I never get dissapointed when I see names on an understudy board.
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
I’m afraid to start naming people because I’m afraid I’ll miss somebody, but I’m going to try anyway – Cliffton & DeeDee Magno Hall, Natalie Weiss, Kristine Reese, Jenn Furman, Erin Wilson, Michelle London, Kevin Samual Yee, Jared Zirilli, Tom Flynn, Merideth Kaye Clark, Stefanie Brown, and Brynn O’Malley have all been very sweet and taken time to speak to me at stagedoor.
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
This is kind of a tie between two shows – September 19, 2009 evening (2NT) in Nashville was nice – I had Michelle London as Glinda, Jacqui Graziano as Nessarose, and Kevin Samual Yee as Boq. Marcie Dodd was really belting it out, Michelle was hilarious, and the whole cast was simply fantastic. April 11, 2010 in New Orleans (1NT) was also a fantastic show – Donna was really on top of her game and was giving some extremely nice variations on the score while the rest of the cast (especially Stefanie Brown as Nessarose!) was also doing a kick-butt job.
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
I love Legally Blonde, 9-to-5, Annie, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, The Music Man, and Oklahoma!
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
That has to be Kristin Chenoweth – I loved her as Lily in the Disney version of Annie before I ever cared about “Wicked” and I’ve always just adored her voice and sheer stage presence.