We are excited to share a fan interview today with WICKED fan Adrienne Popelka. Adrienne has seen the show six times, seeing the first and second national tours and production in Chicago. She hails from Wisconsin and remains a huge fan of the show. Check out her thoughts below.
We always welcome fan interviews from fans who have seen at least three different Elphabas and Glindas! To complete one, use the contact page on the website to get in touch!
When was the last time you saw the show and what production?
I don’t remember the date, as I am horrible with remembering the dates of shows I have seen off the top of my head, but it was last April 2011 in Fort Myers, Florida. I saw the 2NT.
Who is your favorite Elphaba and why?
Out of the Elphaba’s I have seen live, I would either have to choose Dee Roscioli or Jackie Burns. Dee was my first Elphaba in 2007 in Chicago, and as it was my first time and I was in 4th grade, I don’t remember that much but I just remember being absolutely mesmerized at how amazing and flawless Dee was. Jackie Burns was my 4th or 5th Elphaba and I loved her so much. I loved her vocals and her Elphaba was so fresh and she added all these little quirks that MADE her Elphaba. While watching her I actually forgot that I was seeing Jackie Burns, she made me believe she WAS Elphaba.
Who is your favorite Glinda and why?
Probably either Chandra Lee Schwartz or Katie Rose Clarke. An honorable mention goes to Erin Mackey. I saw both Chandra and Katie on the 1NT in Appleton, and Erin was my first Glinda, along with Dee.
Who is your favorite Fiyero and why?
Probably Richard H Blake. I was a fan of him for many years and I was over the moon when I went to the theatre and looked at the cast board and saw that there were no understudies on for Fiyero! He is beyond nice too! I saw him on the 1NT in Appleton, the same day I saw Chandra and Jackie. The cast the day of that show was out of this world!!
Which Elphaba/Glinda pair that you’ve seen do you feel had the best chemistry?
I would have to say either Chandra/Jackie or Katie/Donna. Both times I saw those pairs I was crying during For Good. It takes a lot to make me cry.
What other standouts have you seen in leading roles?
I adored Stefanie Brown as Nessa. Tom Flynn as the Wizard was also amazing.
Have you seen any understudies in the show? If so, what did you enjoy most about their performances?
I have never seen any understudies in any of the main roles.
If you stagedoor, tell us about your favorite stagedoor experience.
Well, probably when I got to the lottery for the night show early one day (I lost 🙁 ) And the matinee was going to end soon so i decided I would go to the stagedoor and wait for the cast after the matinee. I ended up meeting Jackie Burns, Chandra Lee Schwartz, Richard H. Blake, Stefanie Brown, and Lauren Ashley Zakrin.
What are some other shows that you enjoy?
Les Mis, Legally Blonde, Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal, Newsies, Spring Awakening, etc.
Which “Wicked” actor or alumni’s work do you enjoy the most, and why?
Oh my gosh, probably either Stephanie J Block, Shoshana Bean, or Eden Espinosa.