Today, we are pleased to share a fan interview with Kevin, who has seen the show three times (with three different people in each leading role) between 2008 and 2010. He is from Ohio and has seen the 1st & 2nd National Touring Cast. Also, instead of a stagedoor picture, he has created a “Wicked” collage to share with everyone, which is posted with the interview. Enjoy!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
I would have to say Anne Brummel because she brings out a softer side to Elphaba and can be tough when she needs to be.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
My favorite that I have seen would have to be Heléne Yorke because she is so funny… especially during Popular.
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
Probably Heléne Yorke and Carrie Manolakos because I remember during the finale and melting scene you can tell that Helene’s tears weren’t acting tears, but actual tears, like she had lost a best friend.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
Probably Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible! She was amazing!! As for the ensemble… I’m not quite sure who it is … but whoever wears the outfit that has the wig that looks like lady gaga.
Carrie Manolakos as Elphaba, Anne Brummel as Elphaba, both are amazing, Jenn Furman as Madame Morrible, she was AMAZING for an understudy, Michelle London as Nessarose (although she is credited as temporary lead), Don Richard as Dr. Dillamond; I love when he sings something bad, and finally Jacqui Grazaino as the Midwife.
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
I have only gotten to go one and it was in Toledo, I met Natalie Daradich and Chris Peluso, (Glinda and Fiyero respectively). They were both so nice! I saw Michelle London there after her performance as Nessarose, but I didn’t get to speak to her, but what’s funny is that aside from those three, the rest of the cast was inside eating an Easter dinner made by the stage hands, and no one bothered to tell us for 30 minutes, until a dresser came out and told us!
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
Probably seeing it in Dayton because it was my second time seeing it so I got to see things I missed such as scenery and expressions. And because Heléne Yorke and Carrie Manolakos are awesome!
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
I truly love The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera! They both have amazing music and scenery! And the Lion Kings costumes are AMAZING!!
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
Probably Kristin Chenoweth because she has done so much after leaving Wicked. Like Pushing Daisies and West Wing.
Have you seen any bloopers during a live performance?
Actually when I saw it in Dayton, during “Thank Goodness”, when the sign came down that read “CONGRATULOTIONS”, it was upside down! And in Toledo, Natalie Daradich accidentally broke Elphaba’s Green Elixir bottle, and Elphaba’s next line “It was my mother’s” was EPIC!