Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#76
Posted: 1/21/06 at 1:29pm
Idina of course!! When i saw Shoshana, i was kind of disappointed, especially with defying gravity, her voice was great but it wasn't very powerful and it didn't give me chills like Idina's did, although i loved Shoshana's version of No Good Deed.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#77
Posted: 1/21/06 at 1:32pm
You guys are seriously Jenna deprived.

Not only is she a great actress, she has an outstanding voice and plays the part of Elphaba in a different,fresh,perfect way.

Not to mention she's INCREDIBLY nice.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#78
Posted: 1/22/06 at 3:24am
I haven't seen all the Elphabas, so I'll have to rank the ones I have seen.

1. Stephanie (she does it all...she's raised the bar)
2. Ana (surpise performance of the year...can't wait till 3Penny!)
3. Eden (couldn't believe she was "the star's" understudy)
4. Idina (originally brilliant...next 5 times, constantly coming up for air)
5. Shoshona (did not care for at all...and I gave her 3 solid tries)

Glindas

1. Megan (How can someone so young be such a sophisticated performer?)
2. Kendra (She plays the role really "blonde.")
3. Kristen (Solid, funny and annoying.)
4. Kate (She exposes Glinda's silly shallowness better than any of the others.)
5. Jennifer (Loved her in Urinetown, but not in Oz.)

Morribles

1. Carole Shelley (a total BEE-ATCH with incredibly good diction)
4. Rondi Reed (Scary in the way a headmistress/press secretary should be)
2. Cristy Chandler (Elegant and evil but oh so lovely)
3. Jan Neuberger (A prettier Frau Bluecher...she could scare the horses away)
5. Rue McClanahan (Aunt Clara from Bewitched meets Baby Jane. Unforgettable...in that baaaaad way.)

Wizards

1. Dave Garrison (First actor to actually nail the character.)
2. Gene Weygandt (Loved him!)
3. Ben Vereen (His balloon landed on Braodway in the wrong decade.)
4. George Hearn (A little too Reagan-esque for my tastes.)
5. Sean McCourt (Adorable, sweet, but too young to be the wizard.)
6. Joel Grey ("I don't care for him," to borrow an Edna Turnblattism.)

Fiyeros

1. Norbert (I'd love him even if he had starred in "In Your Life.")
2. Sebastian (Meticulous in his interpretation...and cute as a button.) re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?
3. Kristoffer (Very, very good. Saw him in NY & Chicago...thought he was just great.)
4. Joey (He was very "capable" in the role but it's not one for the history books.)
5. David (He was just too bland for my tastes.)

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#79
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:01pm
Since there have been 2 "Favorite Elphaba" threads made in the last month I think it's time to revive this thread.

Especially since nobody follows the links on those threads.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#80
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:16pm
Eden Espinosa. She is such a powerful and agressive Elphaba. I loved her and her voice.

Also, Shoshana Bean, because her voice is amaaazing.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#81
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:26pm
Idina Menzel. Listened 2 some of her songs from WICKED album and such a great powerful voice. pity she had the accident. hope she wud come bak
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#82
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:29pm
I assume you're talking about when she injured herself.

You do know she had the accident the day before her final performance, right? She wasn't planning on coming back.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#83
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:42pm
Idina, hands down.

I love Steph too. And Julia Murney. I think something about her seems just a little more convincing when she's becoming the "wicked witch".
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#84
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:46pm
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#85
Posted: 4/1/06 at 1:46pm
Idina- young Elphaba, Julia Murney- Act 2 Elphaba- can I do that?
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#86
Posted: 4/1/06 at 3:55pm
1. Jenna Leigh Green. This girl is beyond amazing. Her voice is strong and clear. She gave me chills during Defying Gravity.
2. Idina Menzel. I don't think this needs explanation.
3. Julia Murney. Her voice blows me away. So amazing.
4. Stephanie J Block. I really like Stephanie, she was my first Elphaba, but certainly not my favorite.
5. Shoshana Bean. I'm not even going to go there.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#87
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:00pm
Finally, someone besides me shares the Jenna love.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#88
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:04pm
From the clips I've heard of Jenna online, which I will admit may not be even close to how she sounds live, I think if I was forced to sit through one of her performances I'd ask for my money back.

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#89
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:07pm
I really wish Ana had played this role on Broadway so more people could have seen her. I can't listen to the OBC recording anymore-Idina isn't horrible, but Ana was amazing.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#90
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:22pm
I did not really love Jenna, I just did not think that vocally she could handle it. I mean as the night went on you could here her voice deteriorating song after song. I still think Eden is the best, and I totally agree with what others said about her, she was not an actress painted green like all the others playing Elphaba. She was Elphaba. (also with Jenna it was hard to like her after all those years of putting down Sabrina, yes I know what you are thinking) Stephanie is my second favorite, I just thought that she was really good, and Eden was different. I did not like Idina, I think that whenever Idina sings live she is flat. Shoshana Bean, I just did not like, I mean I just do not think that she can carry a Broadway show. I thought that she was never able to be serious, she always had to be funny, and the whole meaning of the show was destroyed.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#91
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:24pm
i think EVERY SINGLE one of them is incredibly gifted. they ALL bring something wonderful and unique to the role...i am BLOWN away by any woman who can sing this music 8 shows a week. its CRAZY and they are freaks! i have HEARD from someone in the chicago company that perhaps DEE ROSCIOLI is a force to be reckoned with in the race for best Elphaba.

I like:

Idina
Julia
Ana
Shoshana
Kristy
Eden
Saycon
Brandi
Stephanie

I'll let you guys try and figure out the order!
and MEgan Hilty is my ALL TIME favorite Glinda.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#92
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:30pm
Idina - She's the best actress I've seen do the role, and therefore PERFORMS(different than sings) the songs the best. She doesn’t just belt and grandstand every number, her voice is indicative to the emotion she is portraying. That’s something she dosn't get much credit for. Most people hear her voice and don't look any further, they miss the subtle nuances of her performance. That's not just true for this show, but for Idena in general. For as much as she is loved I honestly think she's underrated.... IMHO
I Wish... Madeline Kahn could have played the Witch in Into the Woods. She would have rocked!
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#93
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:37pm
Is Julia Murney any good? I am seeing her in Atlanta. I wonder if she is worth the front row seat I paid for.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#94
Posted: 4/1/06 at 4:39pm
MORE than worth it.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#95
Posted: 4/1/06 at 6:47pm
I thought Ana Gasteyer was absolutely amazing. She really nailed Elphaba as bitter, angry, and sarcastic, plus she brought some great subtle humor to the part. (Her reactions during "Popular" were priceless.) Not to mention her voice-- very powerful, note-perfect every time I saw her, and the integrity of the character was never lost in grand-standing.

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#96
Posted: 4/1/06 at 6:49pm
Shoshana Bean! She's just amazing. She was able to raise the bar for next Elphie's.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#97
Posted: 4/1/06 at 6:55pm
Shoshana is hands down the best Elphaba. While her acting wasn't the best, and I agree she played her a little ghetto, she is the only Elphaba that nailed every single song, every single show, for an entire year. If the acting is good but the singing is bad, I'm not happy, but I can deal with sub-par acting as long as the singing is good. That's just me. Shoshana's acting never bothered me, though. She made me laugh, and her chemistry with Megan is unequaled between any other Elphaba & Glinda.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#98
Posted: 4/1/06 at 6:56pm
I think Stephanie J. Block's acting was superior to Idina's as well as her voice.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#99
Posted: 4/1/06 at 7:30pm
Maria Eberline.. by far.. she was just flawless!
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#100
Posted: 4/1/06 at 7:32pm
FutureElphaba--

I hear that Maria Eberline is absolutely fabulous. I am dying to see her. There are actually websites dedicated to her. I am seeing Wicked in Atlanta and I hope that this Julia Murney girl is out and Maria steps in (not that I have anything against Julia).