Today, we are thrilled to share an exclusive interview with Anne Brummel. Ms. Brummel currently is the standby for the role of Elphaba on the 2nd National Tour; prior to this, she has been in the ensemble and understudied the role of Elphaba in both Chicago and on the 2nd National Tour. She has also gained notoriety for performing the music of up-and-coming composer Bobby Cronin. Check out the interview below!
What was your first professional acting job, and how did you land it?
–My first “official” gig was when I was about nine years old. I played one of the little kids on the tour of “Evita” for about 3 weeks!
How did you come to audition for “Wicked” and what was the audition process like?
–My first audition for Wicked was before it even opened. I was brought in for Nessa. Clearly that did not work out. I started going in for Elphie once every few months for about a year. The process is long and interesting. They give you sides that include music and scenes. Once you go through the first round of singing and acting they have you dance a bit. Then more singing and acting, and more singing and acting.
What was your reaction like when you found out you had booked the show?
–Are you kidding? I cried and freaked out!!!!
How long and how difficult was the initial rehearsal process for the show?
–Not long, but more overwhelming. There is a lot that goes into learning this show both for ensemble and Elphie; it is way more complex than I ever thought. The biggest challenge for me was learning the choreography…..dancing is not my strongest!
What was your first show like? How were you feeling throughout the show – nervous, excited, scared?
–My first show in Chicago was amazing. NOT perfect, but amazing. I was very nervous, but totally stoked the whole time. I will say that I was glad when the curtain came down, and I had survived.
What is your favorite costume in the ensemble and as Elphaba?
–My favorite ensemble costume……I loved my Ozdust dress, but there is a special place in my heart for the Umbrella girl costume in EC. She is a pain to walk in, but she makes my body look amazing!
Favorite Elphie is obviously Act 2 dress.
How often do you get to perform as Elphaba?
–I’ve had the chance to go on for Elphie quite a bit recently. I would say that I am close to 30 shows.
What is your favorite song or scene to perform in the ensemble and as Elphaba, and why?
–Ensemble…I love doing Dancing Through Life. I don’t know why exactly. Elphie..I love doing No Good Deed…..just a cool song, and the stage and lights make you feel really cool.
Do you have any onstage bloopers or mishaps you’ve been involved in or witnessed you’d like to share?
–YES!!!! I manage to trip over my lines all the time. I usually just keep mumbling till an actual word comes out of my mouth!
Which is more exhausting: all of the dancing and heavy singing of the ensemble or the intensive acting and singing of Elphaba?
–I think they are equally difficult for different reasons.
Are there any dream roles you’d like to play one day?
— I would love to play Aldonza in Man of LaMancha. Luisa in Nine. I would also love ….one day to play Maureen in Rent.
What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
–If it’s what you love to do, always study, and learn, and continue to grow. Never give up.