Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#26
Posted: 1/8/06 at 6:14pm
Idina.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#27
Posted: 1/8/06 at 6:15pm
IDINA----but i really REALLY enjoyed Kristy Cates.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#28
Posted: 1/8/06 at 6:20pm
I saw Idina so I must say that she is the best but I also saw Jenna Leigh Green in the tour of "Wicked" and she was fantastic.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#29
Posted: 1/8/06 at 6:25pm
Idina Menzel, absolutely no competition. She brought all the dark and deep colors to the show that actually made me take the show (or at least the character) seriously for a moment. She always made a choice that went deeper than the surface, and the result was her Elphaba being a very alive, relatable human being, not some actress trying to say lines so they sound natural.

I think one of the best things I've heard somebody say about Idina is that watching her act is like watching her bleed. She's simply that present, vulnerable, and human. It's just one of those things that makes her perfect for this role. She was able to show the vulnerability of the character while being a character who is reaching out for something and hiding behind walls at the same time.

And her vocals are more raw and affecting than the others, even if she was a bit inconsistent.


It's funny to read this thread. Most people only coment on vocals, or say "her acting was great" instead of actually saying why they liked the person they chose. It's not alll about vocals anyway...
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#30
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:25pm
Eden Espinosa. She, to me, WAS Elphaba. Not just an actress painted green and singing the songs. She ran the full gamut of emotions but wasn't over the top, and she made me want to pick her up and hug her in DTL. I'm truly blessed to have seen her.

Her 'The Wizard and I' also blew me away AND she's sweeter than sweet even when looking exhausted :)
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#31
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:37pm
Idina was truly awesome for the first few months. But then she became a lot more than "a bit inconsistent." But she won the Tony for a reason. She gave a star-making performance that has secured her a spot among Broadway legends. Whether you like, love, or hate her, the performances she delivered during the first five to six months were unbeatable.

Shoshana Bean always delivered the goods, vocally. I never cared for her characterization of the role because she never quite decided on how to play it. But the girl can sing like it's nobody's business. She's the reason I've gone back to see Wicked so many times.

Yeah, I chose two. I can't decide on which is my personal favorite. I loved both of them for different reasons.


EDIT: After seeing tonight's first performance by the new cast, Eden is definitely my favorite Elphaba.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#32
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:40pm
I've only seen Stephanie live.. But basing upon the footages (lol) I've seen so far (lol), Idina is tops! Although Eden could change my mind easily.. Haven't seen her yet but her live rendition of DG is fantastic!

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#33
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:40pm
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#34
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:43pm
artist_in_waiting - discussion of bootlegs is not allowed on this board.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#35
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:44pm
I'm not promoting or condoning them in any way, shape or form. I'm merely stating a fact. Thanks for your concern.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#36
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:46pm
Whether you're promoting or not, discussion of even the existence of bootlegs can be grounds for deletion of a thread.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#37
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:52pm
I have re-phrased my comment.. Hope that appeases you somehow.. lol
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#38
Posted: 1/8/06 at 7:54pm
Eden Espinosa
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Was the best, and I saw Stephonie, Idina, Shoshana, and unmentionables of Saycon!
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#39
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:29pm
I have seen clips of shoshana, stephanie, and idina. Being a HUGE fan of idina I say she did the part justice for her time being. Though, when I saw soem clips of her and kristen singing defying gravity at the tony's she seemed a little strained. I don't know if it was just her way of changing it up a little just to make it sound different or she just sounded that way. All three girls can certainly bring the powerhouse performane needed for defying gravity, wizard and I, and no good deed in their own way. But to me stephanie was the best. Her voice is so clear while idina and shoshana were sometimes inconsistent.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#40
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:32pm
ana, she makes defying gravity seem so effortless to handle
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#41
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:33pm
I think Shoshana has been the most consistent. With her, you never had to worry about whether or not she was going to make it all the way through Defying Gravity with out an inhaler.

But I've said many times I loved Idina in Wicked early in her run. And even her most diehard fans will tell you that her Tony performance wasn't good.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#42
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:39pm
Best Voice: Eden Espinosa
Best Actress: Stephanie J. Block
Best Overall: Tie between Idina Menzel and Stephanie J. Block.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#43
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:41pm
Eden Espinosa.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#44
Posted: 1/8/06 at 8:45pm
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#45
Posted: 1/8/06 at 9:00pm
I love Idina her voice is amazing and I got to see her and it was such an amazing experience

But I do love Stephanie too shes soo sweet


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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#46
Posted: 1/8/06 at 9:51pm
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#47
Posted: 1/8/06 at 9:54pm
Umm, Shoshana. Kthx.

Eden's great too, though.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#48
Posted: 1/8/06 at 10:11pm
After seeing Idina, Eden, Shoshana and Stephanie, Stephanie J. Block is *definitely* the best Elphaba.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#49
Posted: 1/8/06 at 10:17pm
Menzel.

Although I also really like Eden.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#50
Posted: 1/9/06 at 8:58pm
Idina Menzel all the way.
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