Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#126
Posted: 4/4/06 at 11:13pm
Producer - great insight, and I totally agree.

I rank them as follows:

1. Stephanie
1.5 Julia
3. Shoshanna
10. Idina (never cared for her gasping)
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#127
Posted: 4/5/06 at 3:26am
Shoshana Bean was ADORABLE, and her riffs amaze and astound. It was amazing to see her beginings, and then see how much her voice had improved in Wicked, and other things by the time she finished.

Stephanie Block was elegant, and almost regal, with such a rich voice. The most touching "I'm Not That Girl" I've seen, and the scariest "No Good Deed". Plus, she's such a sweetheart.

Idina had the best transition from awkward/gawky to freaking bad-ass witch of the west. When she was off, it wasn't cute, but when she was on...she was ON!

Saycon Sengbloh is elphaba soul, and has my personal favorite "AHH!"

Ana Gasteyer...not one of my faves, but she really proved herself with her run as Elphaba.

If Eden Espinosa would tone down the angry part of her portrayal, she'd be almost flawless. She can really knock DG out.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#128
Posted: 4/5/06 at 3:34am
Don't know if this has been said - I didn't read through the thread - but my vote is Margaret Hamilton.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#129
Posted: 4/15/06 at 3:57pm
um that's nice but were sayin who was the best elphaba on broadway. mines idina menzel. her voice is powerful and gr8!
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#130
Posted: 4/15/06 at 4:13pm
"um that's nice but were sayin who was the best elphaba on broadway. mines idina menzel. her voice is powerful and gr8!"

No this thread is for favorite Elphaba period.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#131
Posted: 4/15/06 at 4:13pm
I guess since i've only seen Julia live I have to say her...but from videos/recordings i've seen/heard i'd say shoshana seems awesome.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#132
Posted: 4/15/06 at 4:25pm
the best elphaba in my mind is the original, Idina but i think that if Eden had originated the role then i would be saying she was the best. i mean come on Idina is elphaba but i think that Eden has just as much talent vocally and when it comes to acting, so i guess without rambling on anymore(haha) they are both my favorite
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#133
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:00pm
my new vote (used to be ana) is victoria matlock, she's like a combination of kristy kates and idina it works wonderfully
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#134
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:06pm
Kristy Cates and Julia Murney. Kristy for her vocals, Julia for her vocals and amazing acting.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#135
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:10pm
I've only actually seen Eden, and she was really great, so I'lls ayt hat it's her.

Also adding Julia Murney to that, just because she's amazing.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#136
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:18pm
Bruce Vilanch...

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#137
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:48pm
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#138
Posted: 4/15/06 at 8:49pm
Shoshana Bean is the only person to make me even remotely like Wicked. I feel the same way about her voice as so many people feel about Julia Murney's voice -- it's absolutely gorgeous and amazing.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#139
Posted: 4/15/06 at 9:08pm
its a toss up between steph and idina.

steph vocally.

idina dramaturgically.

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#140
Posted: 4/15/06 at 9:55pm
Idina. I really love them all but she is the favorite.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#141
Posted: 4/15/06 at 11:47pm
Idina of course.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#142
Posted: 4/15/06 at 11:50pm
Eden...hands down
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#143
Posted: 4/16/06 at 1:10am
Jenna
was so cute
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#144
Posted: 4/16/06 at 1:59am
julia and idina are tied for me :)
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#145
Posted: 4/16/06 at 3:23pm
Shoshana Bean.

Although, I have fallen in love with the vocals of Julia Murney and Kristy Cates. Jenna Leigh Green has great vocals too.

Does anyone have any idea as to why Jenna Leigh Green wasn't kept as an understudy to Elphaba when she moved to Broadway?
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#146
Posted: 4/16/06 at 4:28pm
I believe that the tracks for the tour Elphaba and the Broadway Elphaba are different. Also, there is a standby on Broadway, as well as an understudy (and a swing).
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#147
Posted: 4/16/06 at 4:49pm
Idina and Julia, from the clips I've seen/heard. I admit I've never seen any of them live so my opinion is based on them.

Idina because to me she IS Elphaba, I know that s probably not a good enough reason but that IS MY reason.

Julia...because she acts it so well. The emotion she puts across during NGD and W&I blows me away. Yes again on clips but still you get a feel for it.

Must say though I'm not a Sho fan. I like some of her stuff but her acting seems off, though her Defying Gravity is good.
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#148
Posted: 4/16/06 at 5:05pm
No this thread is for favorite Elphaba period.

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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#149
Posted: 4/16/06 at 5:36pm
does the tour now have a standby Elphaba?
i think it used to be a chorus track and Nessa who understudied?
i am not sure how that works on tour now...
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re: Who's Your Favorite Elphaba?#150
Posted: 4/16/06 at 5:50pm
the tour NOW has a standby, but this has only been since Julia Murney came in (I believe so there are two covers, such as there were before)