I would have loved to catch Michelle Pentecost a few months ago.
Trust me, you didn't miss much...!
I first encountered Wicked in 2004, became obsessed with bootlegs (not sorry) in 2005 and obviously had to book tickets to previews in 2006. I was lucky enough to see the original cast with Idina 3 times - as an 11 year old boy, this was mind blowing. That a spectacle this large could exist - all with a powerhouse as incredibly flawless as Idina Menzel at the helm. Over the next few years I developed into one of the 'crazies'. My peak of obsession was about 2008-2009, stage-dooring with my Wicked friends and obsessing over David Stoller, Sarah Earnshaw, Liam Tamne etc. It gave me, as a teenager who was different to everyone else at school, something to channel all my energy and focus into - it gave me social skills to speak to and be friends with people of different ages and backgrounds, and I completely owe being the outgoing, sociable, confident person today to Wicked.
I've now seen the show 54 times, in this country and New York - and whilst nothing will ever compare to those 3 Idina shows in 2006, the show always feels like a best friend or a grandparent that you might not always be in touch with but you know is always there... I don't know how I will feel when the show leaves the AV!
More tickets would have sold for the matinee as it's still the time frame for Christmas presents - parents buying kids tickets to Wicked for Christmas presents usually book matinees. Blimey they have no idea what they're in for....
^ I agree with all the points above - Louise had a tendency to miss the 'big' notes, like 'team' in Wizard and I and 'look' at the end of Defying Gravity. BUT. She smashed her last show with perfection - I was on the end of my seat with tears streaming down my face. It takes a lot for that to happen to me.
I saw Kerry's first last, CJ's last and Rachel's first last, but Louise's last was the most emotionally raw and vocally connected that I've seen. Louise's voice is unique so I can see why it might not appeal to all. But the emotion you heard even when she didn't hit the big notes surpassed any vocal 'perfection'.
On the other hand, I am super stoked to see Willemijn. I tooootally agree with the 'classy' comment - I don't like a big riffer, like I've said before, so Willemijn hits the nail directly on the head for me. Bring it on.
Glindas: 1 Sarah Earnshaw 2 Suzie Mathers 3 Louise Dearman 4 Emily Tierney 5 Kara Lindsay 6 Alli Mauzey 7 Gina Beck 8 Savannah stevenson 9 Helen Dallimore 10 Dianne Pilkington
I genuinely can't remember these girls enough to rank them: Laura Emmitt - Elphaba (don't even remember seeing her but I keep a note on my phone of the dates I went and the cast I saw, which clearly states her name. Memorable!!!)
Glindas: Charlotte can't remember her surname Jenni (Broadway Glinda, can't remember her surname)
Am I one of the few on here that saw Idina? Feel lucky to have seen her 3 times back in 2006. A tour de force - bootlegs just don't capture the full rollercoaster seeing her live takes you on. It's just not possible to gain a rounded representation of Idina (or anyone for that matter) from listening to recordings.
My top 3 that I've seen are Cassidy Janson, Louise Dearman and Christine Dwyer. To me, it feels as though Hayley Gallivan and Willemijn should be in there too. Loved all of those ladies in the role for different reasons.
Idina kind of surpasses any of that for me though, as she was my first and no actress is likely to portray the role with such accolade (as she was the first here and on Broadway, Elphaba is synonymous with Idina) but also she played the role with such ease and effortlessness. You knew she felt she had nothing to prove.
Glindas are Sarah Earnshaw, Louise (again) and I really love Suzie too. Looking forward to seeing her again when Willemijn is back.
Dianne who I couldn't have disliked any more if I tried.
My idea of hell is a place where Dianne's character voice for Glinda plays constantly in the background.
I just wheezed this is so funny - and exactly how I felt at the time she was in the show! I saw her first show which was actually ok, but as she grew into the role she kind of developed these super annoying nuances.
Looking back on it now though, I'm a little bit more mature, and I think she was great casting. Super different to Helen, and worked so well with Kerry it was so charming. A really special partnership, no matter what you think of either actress' portrayal of their roles.
Rehearsal Reshmershal! Marisha came over, stepped off the plane into a crystal gown and performed.
How much time does this Ruth character need?
... and before people criticise Burly's point, yes she had done the role before, but she still had to pick up all the changes, the new lyrics and music, a different size orchestra, new cast, new costumes, new staging... everything different!
Ya either got it or ya ain't!
What I'm taking from this is that Marisha was flown in as a temporary alt / lead - a bit like they keep getting ex-Elphabas into Wicked as emergency cover. She literally JUST did the show so had her songs and characterisation all good to go so it was a case of learning the blocking.