A very Wicked Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you read my last post, you know that the highlight of yesterday was going to see Wicked for our fifth time. In addition to that specific highlight, the day turned out to be spectacular in a number of other ways. Therefore, this post will likely be very long, and I apologize if you’re only tuning in to hear what we thought of the two leads in Wicked. You can either search or skim to find out the $64k answer to that question. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Amazingly enough, I have checked off every single category that I have previously used in this one post. Well, it’s only amazing because there is something about each category in this post. Clearly, I could just check them all off every time if I felt like it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We debated going in on Saturday night, but that decision ended up being made for us when I won a free entry into the nightly 7pm Omaha Hi-Lo tourney, which I played in the house. Since we’re less than a week away from the monthly poker update, I’ll just say that I came 10th (they paid the top 10 only), so it was a “good” result, but economically, far from first place (first was 15 times larger than the prize I won!). Also, because of Wicked on Sunday, this was going to be the fourth straight week that I would not be around to even try and play in the big Sunday weekly tourney. OK, that accounts for the Poker and Gambling categories being in this one.

When we woke up on Sunday, we both checked email on our Treos, and neither of us turned on our laptops. When we got home, we didn’t turn them on either. That made yesterday one of the only days in recent memory when we were in NY, didn’t have company, and both of use chose not to log on the entire day. Not sure it ever happened before, but if so, it’s a rarity. That also meant that there was no poker played yesterday, which is also unusual for a day in NY without company, but not as rare as not logging on. So, this qualifies as being in the Computers, Poker and Gambling categories.

We drove in on the early side, straight to the apartment. On the way, we listened to the latest CD from Girlyman (previously reviewed here) Joyful Sign, and loved it the entire way in. Shortly after arriving at the apartment, I went on my 8+ mile walk around the city. The weather was nearly perfect. 100% cloud cover (the sun didn’t even peek out for a second), and not too hot or too humid. Ten degrees cooler and it would have been perfect. My typical time (average would be a misnomer here) is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Yesterday it took me only 2 hours and 5 minutes, so the cool weather helped. Of course, I listened to my iPod the entire way, and it didn’t freeze this time, adding to the nice day. This qualifies for adding Music as a category, and of course, the entire post qualifies for Personal.

After a shower, we relaxed and watch Friday night’s episode of Monk (on the DVR). We always love Monk, but this episode was weak in comparison to most. We still enjoyed it, but aside from sharing with you what we did the entire day, it also qualified as one of only two things during the day that also correctly put this post into the Frustration category.

We debated what to do about lunch. Both of us were hungry enough to do a big meal, but after the gorging that we did last weekend, we were both glad to have slowed down this week (amazingly, I lost all of the weight I gained last weekend!). So, we also didn’t want to go too crazy. We finally decided to go to the Palm, across from the theater, but not over do it. Yeah, right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We got to the theater, picked up our tickets at the Will Call, and crossed the street, only to find out that the Palm doesn’t open for lunch on Sundays. Perhaps they don’t open for dinner either, but a passerby told us they did, so they might. Marginally disappointed, we decided to find another restaurant. I spotted an Applebees 1/2 a block away on Broadway and 50th. We decided to head there. Serendipitously, when we got to the corner, I spotted the other Ruby Foos on the corner of Broadway and 49th. I previously blogged about how great Ruby Foos is, though I’ve only eaten at the uptown one before. Clearly, we both felt that we were meant to eat there. ๐Ÿ™‚

The menu is identical to the uptown location, and the decor is as well. The building itself uptown is two floors, so the layout inside is much more opulent, but there’s nothing wrong with this location. We both thoroughly enjoyed our meals. That’s not entirely true. Lois actually didn’t like the filler and sauce for her main dish, but we so enjoyed the calamari appetizer, that eating just the grilled shrimp and scallops off of the top of her dish was good enough. This paragraph qualifies for the Food and Dining categories.

At the end of the meal, our waitress asked us if we were going to see a show. When we told her it was Wicked, she said that she was really interested in seeing it, because whenever her sister comes to visit her in NYC, she goes. Her sister has seen it five times, but our waitress was working each time, and hasn’t gotten to go yet. Omens anyone? I mentioned to the waitress that we were about to catch up to her sister. ๐Ÿ™‚

We strolled over to the theater, and were blown away by how good our seats were. It turns out that EE is actually the 4th row, not the 5th, as the AA row is only right and left orchestra. Essentially, the real orchestra is in row AA. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, the omen of EE (5-5) for our fifth time, wasn’t lost on me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We knew we would love the seats, and the performance, but we were both nervous about the abilities of the stars. I don’t want to turn this into a mystery novel, so I’ll dispense with the suspense. We knew within the first few notes that Glinda (played by Kendra Kassebaum) sang, that she was not going to cut it, by our standards. She has an excellent voice, but she doesn’t put it together for this role. Not even all that close. She’s by no means awful (like the understudy I wrote about), but it was passable, at best. OK, we still had anticipation of how Elphaba would sound.

She comes on in the second song, but doesn’t sing until the third. In the second song, it was obvious that Elphaba (played by Julia Murney) was an excellent actress. We were not disappointed in the acting of any of the previous leads (other than the understudy), but we typically sat much further back, so you don’t really appreciate facial expressions, etc. In fact, everything was far more interesting this close up, and I was painfully aware that it would be easy to get trapped into only wanting to see shows where the seats were this good. Given how much we’ve enjoyed so many other shows, and Wicked in particular, from much worse seats, that would be a real mistake!

Then we got to song #3, the first of many that showcase (or can) Elphaba’s talent and range, “The Wizard and I”. As with Glinda, it was obvious in the first few notes that Julia didn’t have it. She’s not bad either (though I believe that the raw vocal talent between the two lies in Kendra, not Julia). There are two problems with Julia’s voice:

  1. She can’t transition ranges smoothly. She might be able to sing in a particular range (high or low) reasonably well, but when she switches (which this role does frequently), her voice often cracks, or does something else that is less than stellar.
  2. She has no power, and when she pushed the notes that require it, I felt badly for her. Also, she couldn’t hit the highest of notes required by the role.

The last problem, though it was relatively minor, is that each of them brought their own special little styling or phrasing to their solos. None was over the top (as was the case with the oft-mentioned understudy), but it’s annoying nonetheless (I’ll expound momentarily on that theme). That said, one surprising positive note was that there was little fooling around when they sang harmonies together, and for the most part, it was pleasant and reasonably done, but most certainly not spine chilling!

The closest I’ve ever sat before yesterday was 22 rows back (so 18 rows further than yesterday). Lois had a single seat in row L once, when we bought an extra ticket for a surprise visitor from England. I sat with our other two friends in the balcony that day. Even in row L, which was only 12 rows further than yesterday, Lois says she saw so many new things from the close-up seats. That’s not a major statement though, since those of you who know Lois, know she’s essentially legally blind (no, for those of who don’t know Lois, that’s not a joke, or a crack at my wife). So, she was particularly thrilled to see things that I had easily seen before, even from far away. I think it made the performance magical for her, even though she felt the same way (if not even more critical) about the singing of the leads.

Now my exposition on styling and phrasing. Feel free to skip this rant, or the rest of the post, if all you came for was a review on this performance of Wicked. You’ve gotten that already. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I completely understand (but don’t like!) when a musical group that has been around for ages gets tired of playing the hits in exactly the same way each and every day. From my perspective, it’s still incumbent upon them to deliver what their paying audiences expect, but at least I understand it.

In some cases, they have good reasons/excuses. Bruce Hornsby is now teamed with Ricky Skaggs. When they perform, it’s mostly a Bluegrass theme, and it gave Bruce the opportunity to update some of his big hits in a radical way, but perhaps still appreciated by the fans who came to hear Bluegrass!

For a different perspective, I always love to listen to the live version of Mr. Bojangles by David Bromberg. The song was written by Jerry Jeff Walker. As an aside, Lois and I attended a benefit in Austin, TX in May 2006, with a lot of famous people presenting and/or performing. One was Jerry Jeff, who sang Mr. Bojangles (wonderfully!), and we were about 15 feet away from him! David tells (in the middle of the song) how he and Jerry Jeff used to play the song together live every night (forever), and how he (David) never tired of it. On the other hand, Jerry Jeff did, and after they would perform it for the audience, they’d play it for themselves, and “do horrible things to it“, so I really do understand.

The other excuse/reason to muck with a song would be if you were playing it to the same audience frequently, and you might expect that they would appreciate hearing it differently.

Unfortunately, none of those situations applies to a Broadway play. The overwhelming majority of theater goers are seeing any given show for the first time (and likely only time for that show). Second, the cast didn’t write the songs, and rarely have been in a given role for that long, and shouldn’t have the need for artistic freedom with the piece. Not to mention that there is (or should be!) a director involved, ensuring the quality.

Theater goers should easily fall into one of three categories:

  1. Never seen or heard the show/music before. While you can argue that they might like the stylized version, or least not know or care about the difference, I doubt you could argue that they would like the original (often Tony-winning!) version any less.
  2. Been to the show. Well, they’re coming back for more. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Unless they saw this specific cast, doing this specific stylized version, odds are that this group will be at least somewhat disappointed.
  3. Never been to the show, but listen to the CD. This might be the largest group, but certainly is second behind #1 if not. This group only knows the gold standard for how the music is meant to be sung. If they’ve listened to the CD more than once (or, in my case, over 1000 times, no exaggeration), they have no choice but to be disappointed. The correct version is imprinted on their brains. ๐Ÿ˜‰

There must be thousands, if not 10’s of thousands of ultra-talented actors/singers out there who would kill for an opportunity to star in Wicked. Here’s why I simply can’t comprehend the way the show is being performed (and I’m sure there has to be something wrong with me, or my thought process):

For the auditions, tell people that they have to listen to the Original Cast CD 1000 times, and come back when they can sing it note for note. Only then, do you audition for the acting part of the role.

What could be simpler? No styling, no phrasing, no ad-libing of any kind. You can either nail the songs or you can’t. If not, then Next!

But, for some reason, perhaps that the Director is bored hearing the same show every day, they allow the improvisations to continue, and they continue to recruit sub-par singers…

OK, it’s finally off my chest (sort of). Both Lois and I are decidedly against seeing it again with these two ladies in the lead. Here’s hoping they get swapped out sooner rather than later. That said, both of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience yesterday, and got to concentrate on other aspects of the show, which were delightful from our up-front perspective. I’m still laughing at the woman who reviewed the story as weak, the sets as weak, and the singing as fantastic. Oh well, that’s what makes the world interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, is there a lesson learned here? Yes, trust YouTube! Seriously, it was obvious even from the really poor quality of the cell-phone made YouTube videos of both leads that this was not a role they could handle. The seats were too good, and everything else about the opportunity as it unfolded was awesome, that we really couldn’t pass it up. But, I know to trust my instincts in the future, and go with the force, Luke…

Both Fiyero and The Wizard were played by actors new to us in their respective roles. The Wizard is a character actor whom we’ve seen on TV hundreds of times! Both were outstanding, and added thoroughly to our enjoyment of the show.

The above obviously qualifies for both the Broadway and Music categories, thus rounding out all of my previous categories (with one exception, which I’ll get to next). Hopefully, it was obvious to you that the performances of the two leads was the second reason that this post qualified for the Frustration category…

If you needed any proof of why Lois and I are together after so many years, I’ll share an honest-to-goodness story from yesterday, which is not as uncommon as you might think. During the performance, I was thinking that if I were Bill Gates, I would rent out the theater on a Monday when it was dark, pay Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel (the two original leads, and both are on the Original Cast CD) to join the remainder of the current cast and chorus (or, if I really was Bill Gates, probably bring back the entire original cast for the night), and invite 2000 of my closest friends, to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime good time.

At intermission, Lois turns to me and says: “Wouldn’t it be great if we were rich, and we could pay Stephen Schwartz (the creator of the Wicked Musical) to get Kristin and/or Katie Kate Reinders back together with Idina or Eden Mendoza Espinosa (thanks very much to Steph for correcting my hurried mistakes in the comment below!), for just one night, and invite all of our friends?”

Folks, I’m not kidding. We’re too alike for our own good. The difference between us is that Lois only wished to be rich enough to pull it off. I wished to have the kind of money Bill Gates has, so that pulling it off wouldn’t make a dent, or seem even a little unusual for me to do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m telling this next part out of order, because it is 100% inconsequential, other than it is a perfectly valid reason to tag this post with the final category, VoIP. ๐Ÿ™‚ While I was out walking, Lois called my cell phone, something she rarely does. She let me know that she couldn’t dial out normally from the apartment, but had to add a prefix of “9”, which routes through our external VoIP provider (see, a legitimate use of the VoIP category). Turns out that calls routed through our house line (which is our default) were failing because the house router got a new dynamic address from Verizon FIOS that was not in the previous ranges, and the firewall at the apartment didn’t like the new address. Problem solved easily this morning…

So, you think you’re done reading? I beg to differ. Our day was not over yet, as this was about Sunday, not just Wicked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We went back to the apartment, packed up, and headed back to the house. On the way home, we listened to another Girlyman CD (Remember Who I am), and it too is excellent! Just as we were pulling in to our cul-de-sac, a car pulled in behind us. Our neighbors two doors down were coming home from the movies. We’re nuts about both of them (and their daughter), and even though we live 200 feet apart, we rarely get to spend quality time with them given each of our schedules.

So, after 10 seconds of schmoozing in the cul-de-sac, we unpacked our car and walked over to their house. We hung out for nearly 2 hours, and then got home and collapsed, watching two 1/2 hour comedies to unwind (both were hysterical), and then dropped off on the early side.

Finally, something not really related to Sunday. Aside from Wicked yesterday, which was a last minute thought, I have been unable to play in any of the weekly Sunday big tourneys in August so far. This has been marginally disappointing, given my excellent (if lucky) results in July. I did play in a number of qualifiers during the month, even knowing I couldn’t play that week, because you are permitted to unregister a seat, and get Tournament Dollars (TDs) which you can use to register into a future tournament. That said, since I knew I couldn’t play, I didn’t enter many qualifiers. I didn’t win the seat in any of them…

Today, while writing this blog, I decided to try my hand at a qualifier, given that I’m likely to be free (for the first time in a month!) this coming Sunday. I put up $15.50, and top three players out of 40 would win an entry. I came third, and won the seat! So, in the first try to win a seat in the first tournament that I can actually play in, for the least amount I could realistically spend to get in, I got the seat. Woo Hoo. Happy endings all around. ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. Even though this post is incredibly long, somehow, I feel that I’ve left out something important from yesterday. Oh well, I should have logged on last night after all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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18 responses to “A very Wicked Sunday :-)”

  1. Steph Avatar
    Steph

    just FYI, Julia is (and has been) sick for some time, hence the quality of her voice. she actually has a very versatile, amazing voice.

    also, it’s Kate Reinders, not Katie. And Eden Espinosa, not Mendoza. but yeah, if we can come up with the cash, i’ll definitely donate to the Kristin/Idina fund.

    i appreciate the individual takes the different actors use on the songs. it is clear that each actress approaches Elphaba/Glinda from a different perspective – Idina’s Elphaba was a quiet but brave one. Julia’s is headstrong and loud. Kendra and Kate’s Glindas are much more hyper than Kristin’s. it’s all a matter of how an actor reads a character. while our mind thinks “no, no, that’s not the right riff!” there is actually no right or wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. hadar Avatar

    I truly appreciate the response. First, I am very embarrassed at the incorrect names, since I’ve previously written about them and got them correct. I will correct them in the original post right after sending this reply.

    It’s interesting to hear that Julia is sick. I can believe it, as you could hear the strain in her voice. That said, her YouTube videos (at least three that I watched) were no more impressive, so I will have to be skeptical that it’s just because she’s sick.

    As for “there is actually no right or wrong”, we’ll have to respectfully disagree. For me, this isn’t an individual performance, but something that a Director is supposed to be directing. If it were up to me, and it’s not, I’d be directing it the way it was originally produced. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, and for the corrections!

  3. Steph Avatar
    Steph

    just FYI, Julia is (and has been) sick for some time, hence the quality of her voice. she actually has a very versatile, amazing voice.

    also, it’s Kate Reinders, not Katie. And Eden Espinosa, not Mendoza. but yeah, if we can come up with the cash, i’ll definitely donate to the Kristin/Idina fund.

    i appreciate the individual takes the different actors use on the songs. it is clear that each actress approaches Elphaba/Glinda from a different perspective – Idina’s Elphaba was a quiet but brave one. Julia’s is headstrong and loud. Kendra and Kate’s Glindas are much more hyper than Kristin’s. it’s all a matter of how an actor reads a character. while our mind thinks “no, no, that’s not the right riff!” there is actually no right or wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. hadar Avatar

    I truly appreciate the response. First, I am very embarrassed at the incorrect names, since I’ve previously written about them and got them correct. I will correct them in the original post right after sending this reply.

    It’s interesting to hear that Julia is sick. I can believe it, as you could hear the strain in her voice. That said, her YouTube videos (at least three that I watched) were no more impressive, so I will have to be skeptical that it’s just because she’s sick.

    As for “there is actually no right or wrong”, we’ll have to respectfully disagree. For me, this isn’t an individual performance, but something that a Director is supposed to be directing. If it were up to me, and it’s not, I’d be directing it the way it was originally produced. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, and for the corrections!

  5. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    I think that each performer interprets the role differently and brings something totally different to the role from the last player. This makes life interesting. I don’t want to see a show that sounds like Idina and Kristin. I think there are others as good or better. A live performance is not a recording and shouldn’t sound like it. I have onlyl seen Wicked twice; two different casts. While different, the performers in both were excellent. I find it very egotistical to make the statement that this one or that “doesn’t cut it.” I will see Wicked for the third time in October. I wish I could see Julia, but I will be seeing it in Chicago again. I think it is the most awesome show ever.

  6. hadar Avatar

    As I said to Steph, we can agree to disagree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    I think that each performer interprets the role differently and brings something totally different to the role from the last player. This makes life interesting. I don’t want to see a show that sounds like Idina and Kristin. I think there are others as good or better. A live performance is not a recording and shouldn’t sound like it. I have onlyl seen Wicked twice; two different casts. While different, the performers in both were excellent. I find it very egotistical to make the statement that this one or that “doesn’t cut it.” I will see Wicked for the third time in October. I wish I could see Julia, but I will be seeing it in Chicago again. I think it is the most awesome show ever.

  8. hadar Avatar

    As I said to Steph, we can agree to disagree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    Well, one thing we definitely agree about is that Wicked is an absolutely awesome, electrifying show. Have you always seen the show in NY and not in the other venues? Those You Tube videos of Julia are not very good; I have heard she is better in person. Anyway, do you want to say who you saw as a standby that was bad? I know that some people don’t like Victoria Matlock as Elphaba, but she was my first Elphaba when I saw Wicked in Tampa this past March and I loved the show and Victoria as did my two friends whose house I was staying at for my trip there solely to see the show. In Chicago I saw the standby who was Carmen Cusack. She is awsome and too good to be a standby. I p redict she gets the lead when the cast changes there. So, if you would like to say who the awful standy was, I am curious. Long live Wicked!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    Well, one thing we definitely agree about is that Wicked is an absolutely awesome, electrifying show. Have you always seen the show in NY and not in the other venues? Those You Tube videos of Julia are not very good; I have heard she is better in person. Anyway, do you want to say who you saw as a standby that was bad? I know that some people don’t like Victoria Matlock as Elphaba, but she was my first Elphaba when I saw Wicked in Tampa this past March and I loved the show and Victoria as did my two friends whose house I was staying at for my trip there solely to see the show. In Chicago I saw the standby who was Carmen Cusack. She is awsome and too good to be a standby. I p redict she gets the lead when the cast changes there. So, if you would like to say who the awful standy was, I am curious. Long live Wicked!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. hadar Avatar

    Thanks Vickie, we definitely agree on how awesome Wicked is. To quote myself, “It is far and away our favorite show of all time on Broadway”. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I purposely didn’t name the understudy for two reasons:

    1) I didn’t want to hurt her feelings should it ever come to her attention.

    2) I didn’t want to spread her name as being associated with Wicked either.

    I know that many people will consider that inconsistent with me naming Julia and Kendra. First, they are the leads, and given that I date my blog, only a fool wouldn’t know who they were. But, more importantly, there is nothing that I can say that will harm their career in any way, and I didn’t think either was awful, so there was a qualitative difference to my comments as well.

    The understudy I was talking about is not the person you saw. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m glad you liked your understudy. As I wrote a week ago, we saw an understudy in the female lead in Spamalot, and she was spectacular. I’m not against understudies as a rule, just when they can’t perform the role as intended.

    Finally, to answer your question about where we saw it. Yes, all five times were in NYC. I sat in the left orchestra once, center orchestra twice (once close once way back), right orchestra way back once (that was the first time, and the most magical!), and once in the balcony.

    We saw Eden Espinosa twice (simply brilliant), the understudy once, Anna Gasteyer once (she was wonderful as well!) and Julia once. In the Glinda role, we saw Kate Reinders 4 times (she’s amazing) and Kendra once.

    I would definitely be up for seeing Wicked in another location, and if I ever found myself in LA, I’d love to see Eden again (if she’s still doing it there).

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, it’s much appreciated.

  12. hadar Avatar

    Thanks Vickie, we definitely agree on how awesome Wicked is. To quote myself, “It is far and away our favorite show of all time on Broadway”. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I purposely didn’t name the understudy for two reasons:

    1) I didn’t want to hurt her feelings should it ever come to her attention.

    2) I didn’t want to spread her name as being associated with Wicked either.

    I know that many people will consider that inconsistent with me naming Julia and Kendra. First, they are the leads, and given that I date my blog, only a fool wouldn’t know who they were. But, more importantly, there is nothing that I can say that will harm their career in any way, and I didn’t think either was awful, so there was a qualitative difference to my comments as well.

    The understudy I was talking about is not the person you saw. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m glad you liked your understudy. As I wrote a week ago, we saw an understudy in the female lead in Spamalot, and she was spectacular. I’m not against understudies as a rule, just when they can’t perform the role as intended.

    Finally, to answer your question about where we saw it. Yes, all five times were in NYC. I sat in the left orchestra once, center orchestra twice (once close once way back), right orchestra way back once (that was the first time, and the most magical!), and once in the balcony.

    We saw Eden Espinosa twice (simply brilliant), the understudy once, Anna Gasteyer once (she was wonderful as well!) and Julia once. In the Glinda role, we saw Kate Reinders 4 times (she’s amazing) and Kendra once.

    I would definitely be up for seeing Wicked in another location, and if I ever found myself in LA, I’d love to see Eden again (if she’s still doing it there).

    Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, it’s much appreciated.

  13. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    I saw that Stephanie J. Block will be taking over when Julia leaves. I wonder how long her run will be. I definitely want to make it up to NY to see her. She is one of the great Elphabas. I didn’t know that Eden had the lead in NY already; I was hoping she would perhaps be there at some point. I would love to see her but not sure I will make it to LA. I would love to know who will be in CHicago when I see the show again on Oct. 7. I think many of them will be leaving at the end of September.

    The only other show I have seen a zillioin times (not that I’ve seen Wicked that many yet, but will) was JC Superstar and I recall how the first show had the best Jesus ever. The subsequent ones usuallly paled by comparison, but there was just one that was really bad. I always enjoyed the show. The one that was bad was not so becuase he had a bad singing voice or anything; he just didn’t fit the role and acted poorly.
    Cheers!

  14. hadar Avatar

    Cool! Thanks for letting me know about Stephanie J. Block. Something to look forward to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    I saw that Stephanie J. Block will be taking over when Julia leaves. I wonder how long her run will be. I definitely want to make it up to NY to see her. She is one of the great Elphabas. I didn’t know that Eden had the lead in NY already; I was hoping she would perhaps be there at some point. I would love to see her but not sure I will make it to LA. I would love to know who will be in CHicago when I see the show again on Oct. 7. I think many of them will be leaving at the end of September.

    The only other show I have seen a zillioin times (not that I’ve seen Wicked that many yet, but will) was JC Superstar and I recall how the first show had the best Jesus ever. The subsequent ones usuallly paled by comparison, but there was just one that was really bad. I always enjoyed the show. The one that was bad was not so becuase he had a bad singing voice or anything; he just didn’t fit the role and acted poorly.
    Cheers!

  16. hadar Avatar

    Cool! Thanks for letting me know about Stephanie J. Block. Something to look forward to. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Vickie Avatar

    I thought that Idina and Kristin played for much longer than they obviously did if so many others played in NY. I heard an interview with Kristin saying she was involved with the show for a total of four years. THat must have partly been in the creation of the show, rehearsals, etc. So, you never saw them; I guess I was under the impression that you had seen them. I would love to have seen them but it isn’t going to happen.

  18. Vickie Avatar
    Vickie

    I thought that Idina and Kristin played for much longer than they obviously did if so many others played in NY. I heard an interview with Kristin saying she was involved with the show for a total of four years. THat must have partly been in the creation of the show, rehearsals, etc. So, you never saw them; I guess I was under the impression that you had seen them. I would love to have seen them but it isn’t going to happen.

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