She was Elphaba for the entire process, Idina Menzel took over before SF Try Outs
She was Elphaba for the early workshops, however Idina Menzel was cast in 2001, therefore did about 90% of the Workshops
She was never Elphaba in the workshops...she was only cast as Elphaba in the National Tour
She did about half of the Workshops
Mandy Gonzalez, Ana Gasteyer, Julia Murney and Stephanie J. Block
Nicole Parker, Marcie Dodd, Shoshana Bean and Eden Espinosa
Nicole Parker and Mandy Gonzalez
Mandy Gonzalez, Nicole Parker and Marcie Dodd
A Standby will be on either Stage Left or Stage Right at all times, be in full Makeup, and ready to step in at a moments notice
A Standby will be in the show, acting as either an ensemble member or a swing, and will leave the stage and get into makeup if needed be
A Standby will be backstage from the Half Hour Call to Curtain until 30 Minuets into Act 1. They are then able to leave the theater and stay in a 5 Block radius in case they are needed...they are not in makeup
A Standby will need to be backstage at all times and be ready to hop into makeup and costume in a moments notice
The actress will learn Elphaba's part first. In One Week, they will learn the basic blocking, choreography, and vocal score to the part. After this, they will have a dress rehearsal where they will be on the actual stage in full makeup and costume, and after this they will learn their Ensemble role
The actress will learn both the Elphaba track and the Ensemble track in a 3 Week period of time.
The Actress will learn her Ensemble Track first in 3 weeks and then have a dress rehearsal. After this, they will be put into the show, and then learn the Elphaba track after this.
As the actress is learning the Elphaba track, the swings will replace her in the ensemble until she is ready for both Elphaba and her Ensemble parts
The basic green is airbrushed on. After this, the makeup artist will buff it out and put a fixative powder on. At this point the actress will have her hair put into pin curls and then a wig cap. The makeup artist will then apply various shades of purple, blue and black eye shadow to contour the face and eventually blush. The hands are airbrushed green, and a dark blue nailpolish is put on.
The makeup artist will apply a layer of foundation onto the actress, to make her skin smooth and even. The green is painted on by doing it in sections (nose area, eyes, mouth area, forehead ect.) to eventually buffed out. The pin curls are put in along with wig cap. After the green is put onto the face, neck and chest, the contour makeup goes on and then the fixative powder is applied. The hands are painted, a light green nailpolish is applied, and the actress is ready to go.
The actress gets a layer of foundation on to smooth her skin out and make it even. The artist will then apply a layer of the green onto her face. After this, the green is buffed out to give a smoother appearance. A layer of fixative powder is put on, and her hair is prepped for the wig (pin curls/wig cap/mics) The contour makeup is applied to her eyes and cheekbones, her hands are painted green, her nails given a greenish blue nailpolish, and a sheer body suite in the same color as the makeup is put on. Another layer of fixative powder and a spritz of hairspray on the hands and all is done.
The stars and the moon. Her dress has stars ranging from large to small stitched in and her skirt has various shades of colors, representing a Northern Lights type of image
Animals...spiderwebs are sewn into the corset part, and her skirt is full of layers that represent her connection to nature (the colors are shades of earthly colors and the distortion of the fabric represents her inner torment.)
The earth. Her corset has a quilted pattern to it, with each pattern a shade of earthly colors (brown, colds, silvers, reds) and a wide variety of swirls and stitchings and beading is present, and her skirt is a symbolic image of the earth, with the distortion of fabric like rocks in a cliffside and the colors representing also earth colors.
Her magic. The dress is a result of years of her trying to mend it and repair it by using her magic, only resulting in a distorted look.
The actress playing Elphaba backs up to centerstage. A stagehand guides her to a tiny plateform where he secures her in. Her cue lines come up, and she lifts into the air.
The actress playing Elphaba turns and runs to centerstage. She swings her cape around the mechanism to cover it, and pushes her back into a tiny lever that closes a pair of arms with false skirt around her. A stagehand is behind her during this, and when she is secure he cues the lift to raise up.
The actress playing Elphaba turns and runs to centerstage. She swings her cape around the mechanism to cover it, and pushes her back into a tiny lever that closes a pair of arms with false skirt around her. A computer offstage makes sure everything is in place, and the lift begins to move forward, and then on the cue, rises up into the air.
The actress playing Elphaba turns and runs to centerstage. She swings her cape around the mechanism to cover it, and pushes her back into a tiny lever that closes a pair of arms with false skirt around her. A large cape is then quickly attached to the mechanism, and when she begins to rise, stagehands pull the curtain out and the effect is achieved
"Search for me in the sky, where night defeats the day! As I heard a fool once say..."The greatest freedom of all is to fly!" And in the air I'm alone...but at least I'm true to me! You think it's me you own, but fools see that I'm free! Free to fly...defying gravity! In the sky defying gravity!"
High into the air, where freedom awaits for me! Life I've learned is unfair, but at least I know that I'm free! And if I'm flying solo, I know that I live by my rules! To those down below, I am now above you fools! Above the lies defying gravity! I'm flying high defying gravity!
So if you care to find me, look to the western sky! As someone told me lately, "everyone deserves the chance to fly!" And if I'm flying solo, at least I'm flying free! To those who'd ground me, take a message back from me! Tell them how I am defying gravity! I'm flying high defying gravity!
It was mainly about Glinda. When Kristine Chenoweth came onto the project in its very early stages, it was initially going to be about Glinda's life
It was going to be about Elphaba. The show early on was going to focus pretty much on her life and how she became "WICKED"
It was going to be about Elphaba and her political ambitions. The musical in its early drafts stuck to the political aspects of Gregory Mcguires novel
It has always been about the girls friendship