Today, we have a fan interview from Daniel K. Daniel has seen the show from the audience four times and has had the rather unique experience of observing the show from the orchestra pit once. He’s from Florida and has seen both the first and second national tour. Enjoy the interview!
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
Marcie Dodd. I was completely floored by her performance because I couldn’t find one flaw in it. It was, too be sure, a live performance and not without its moments of imperfection, but overall her portrayal of the role was completely solid and really brought you deeper into the world of Elphaba.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
I may get a lot of flack for saying this, but Helene Yorke has to be by and large my absolute favorite Glinda. An alto by nature, she really did handle the upper notes with grace, but more than that her shift from Act 1 “Galinda” into Act 2 “Glinda” was one of, if not THE best I have ever seen.
Which Elphie/Glinda pair do you think has the best chemistry?
I’m gonna call this a tie, because while Marcie/Helene are my all-time favorites, Carmen Cusack and Katie Rose Clarke were absolutely spot on in terms of their ‘back and forth’.
What other standouts have you seen in other principal roles? What about ensemble?
DeeDee Magno Hall as Nessa was perhaps the best I have seen. Her portrayal of that character really brought out some things dramatically that other Nessa’s tend to lose, I think. Another character portrayal I will NEVER forget was Josh Lamon as Boq. To this day he remains my absolute favorite if not just because his “NOOO!” when what he’s become (in Act 2) brought me to tears (which no other Boq has been able to accomplish with me yet!).
Who are some standout understudies you have seen?
Jenna Leigh Green as Elphaba was a real treat, if not just because she was my FIRST. Also of note was Coleen Sexton, who was absolutely outstanding even though she’d only been on as Elphaba 3-4 times when I saw her.
Who is the nicest person you have met at the stagedoor?
This is tough. I haven’t had one bad stage door experience (*knock on wood*) but I think the nicest of them all was Jenna Leigh Green. It took her quite a while (as per usual) to get out of costume/make up and there were probably twenty people waiting for her when she came out. She was completely down-to-earth and took the time to sign EVERYONE’s playbill. She came to the little girl before me (who was dressed up as “Glinda”) and she knelt down and said something like: “Are you dressed as Glinda?”, to which the girl timidly nodded, and then Jenna said “You look so pretty! I love your dress!”
What was your favorite time seeing the show?
Oy. Tough question. Probably a tie between the 1st Tour in Orlando (Carmen/Katie) and the 2nd Tour in Jacksonville (Marcie/Helene), though if I was FORCED to pick one, it would be Jacksonville. The entire show was just captivating and the ensemble was the best I’d ever heard.
(Of course, I would also have to sneak a small ‘favorite’ in for the time I was sitting in the pit! That was amazingly surreal!)
Other than Wicked, what are some of your favorite shows?
Next To Normal, Phantom of The Opera, Sweeney Todd, Evita, and Beauty and The Beast
Which “Wicked” alumni/current cast member’s work outside of “Wicked” do you admire most?
Stephanie J. Block. I had the immense privilege of seeing her twice in “9 to 5” and was absolutely blown away by her talent. I never had the pleasure of seeing her in “Wicked”, but all the stories of her acting and vocal abilities (especially the ‘volume’ part!) are completely true! I very much look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.