Today, we share a fan interview from Katie C., a fan of the show who has seen it three times in San Francisco and once on Broadway. Check it out below!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
Teal Wicks, because when I first saw her, my ears were ringing at intermission and my heart was pounding! She has an amazing voice and her acting is superb.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
Kendra Kassebaum. She’s hilarious, and I feel that I can look up to her because she’s a natural alto, as am I. I’ve heard people bad-mouth her because maybe her high notes aren’t perfect, but she makes up for with her acting.
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
Eden Espinosa and Kendra Kassebaum. The emotion I saw with them was real, and I don’t think I’ve ever cried more during For Good.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
Principal: Etai BenShlomo as Boq. He brings the right quirkiness to the role and he’s done a wonderful job of making the role his own. Other principals I found myself absolutely loving are Nicolas Dromard as Fiyero and Jenny Fellner as Nessarose. Nicolas has always been an amazing Fiyero all the two times I saw him. Jenny Fellner is, as Nessarose should be, tragically beautiful. Her voice blew me away, and in Wicked Witch of the East it was if she literally was Nessarose. In the ensemble, standouts for me are Alexa Green, Neka Zang, and Annie Funk. Annie and Alexa are the ShenShen and Pfannee tracks (respectively) in San Francisco, and after reading the book I think they’re both wonderful! And with Neka also, I read the book and then the next time I saw her as the Witch’s Mother I couldn’t help but think about how similar her portrayal was to how I imagined her when I read the book.
Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
I saw DJ Gregory as Fiyero once and I loved him. He’s got a fantastic voice, he’s also a fantastic actor. When I saw him, I was a little disapointed I wouldn’t be seeing Nicolas again, so I was already being a little judgemental… but I remember, very vividley, after Dancing Through Life I was not disapointed at all! I also loved Laura Woyasz as Glinda. Her voice is beautiful and during Popular I couldn’t stop laughing! She was so spazzy in the line “You’re whole life is going to change, and all because of me!” that she got an, at least, 30 second applause!
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
That’s a threeway tie between Teal Wicks, Nicolas Dromard, and Alex Brightman. Teal is so nice and when you first meet her, you’re a little shocked that this sweet woman just played this hated green witch! Nicolas is just super cool when you meet him. He’ll stay and talk with you, if you’ve met him before he’ll give you a hug, and he doesn’t mind when you give him a couple things to sign (I brought four things for him to sign). Alex was so nice I don’t even know where to begin! It was around 11:30 at night and he stayed and talked with us for about ten minutes after everyone was already gone. And the reason he talked with us is because we’re both from around the same area!
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
On April 10, 2010. As an early birthday present, my mom, a friend and I went to Behind the Emerald Curtain in San Francisco. It was so cool to see all the costumes and, before it started, I saw Nicolas Dromard then my mom said his name and he looked at us. I was so unsure what to do, so I did what Madame Morrible says to do, “Just smile, wave, and shut up!” He waved back, by the way. Also, Etai BenShlomo went to that BEC! After that, we entered the lottery and won. It was the first time I entered, and the first time I won. It was my first time ever seeing Eden or Kendra, so it was a special day for me. I loved sitting up close, because during the curtain call Nicolas looked at me again (hehe) and Eden look at my friend in almost every scene. It was my friend’s first time, so she got the royal treatment! It was such a great day, I didn’t even want to do anything on my actual birthday nine days later.
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
I really love Promises, Promises, Into the Woods, and Mary Poppins. I watch the DVD of Into the Woods all the time, but I’ve honestly never seen it live.
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
I love Shoshana Bean’s album. Whenever I listen to it, I think, “Why can’t all music this style be this good!?” I, of course, love all Kristin Chenoweth’s projects.