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Idina Menzel will be Elphaba in London's WICKED

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According to Broadwayworld.com Idina Menzel will play Elphaba in the London staging of WICKED. She'll play the role for a limited engagement only, from Sep '06 to the end of the year.
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This is exciting news, I'm so pleased! As soon as i first heard the CD i thought, i wish i could see her sing live, and now, London gets to have her, even if it's only for a short time. WOW!!! I'm sooooooooooooooooo excited. Still haven't bought a ticket yet though. Eek.
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Yeah i just got an email from the website confirming it all............SOOOOOOOOO GLAD that i got my ticket a while ago i dont think i have EVER been this excited about seeing a show. its going to be GREAT!
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While I'm sure it must be exciting for Wicked fans in London to be able to see the original, Idina always says in interviews how she wants to be done with Wicked and move on. Then again, who would pass up a chance to live in London. I love that city. To death.
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Actually after the announcement by producers that the cast would be all-British, I think there is a sense of disappointment from some theatre-goers on the casting of Idina. Whilst she is indeed brilliant in my opinion, I was rather looking forward to seeing a fresh face from the UK head the original London cast. This also means that Idina will be on another Wicked recording too, which is a shame as it would have been nice to hear a different interpretation of the role on CD.
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personaly i really dont care i hate the dissapointment of singers who dont live up to the original cast members especially when they are so dam good! so its all good as far as im concerned!
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Humph. Didn't think about the whole cd side of things. Ah well. Still can't wait!
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a couple a months ago i did try to tell people that elphaba had been cast .My freind who was working on script revisions for the uk production told me ages ago that idina would return to that roll here in the uk but i wassnt allowed to say who then

idina was an amzing elpheba i for one cant wait to see her in london i have a pirate copy of wicked from broadway with her in on dvd and she is breathtaking and sounds 20 times better on stage than she does on that cast recording
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"What book of rules says that theatre exists only within some ugly buildings crowded into one square-mile of New York City? Wherever there's magic and make-believe and an audience, there's theatre..."
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that's really cool. Given the lack of talent demonstrated by the Elphabas following Idina, I probably wouldn't have made the trip to London to see the show (or I'd have done a Spamalot-Wicked combo re: Idina Menzel will be Elphaba in London's WICKED) but that's great news. I really don't see why it's a problem for theatre-goers... if they want an all-Brit cast, well, they'll just have to wait until 2007 and voilą!

I don't think her opening the show on a limited run means that she will be on the London cast recording, if they are to make one... might be but that's not sure.

I think it's a little weird that they waited so long to announce it though since the rumor has been floating for some time... maybe they were trying to get Chenoweth too... who knows?

in any case, that's great news. She's very talented and I hope she gets the sense of closure with the character that she didn't get on Broadway!
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sorry to put a dampner on things but i don't think idina is all that great live. her voice cracks like mad! especially during the big notes in "defying gravity". i do love her tho.
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ok whatever idiot has just posted that idina menzel aint as good live must be drunk

i have a erm not very legal copy of wicked on dvd with idina menzel and to say she sounds awesome is an understatment(especially on gravity)

I think the cast recording with her is a let down as you only hear about 50 percent of her power on it

I also go to see her do it live in new york when she was coming to the end of her run and she blew me away

working in musicals i work with many amazing female singers(inc my babes at footloose )but idina menzel is just breathtaking her power and range is amazing and not just in wicked she sounds awesome in rent as well

so all you guys who are looking forward to seeing her when wicked opens here DO get excited coz your in for an awesome experience

dont listen to the fool who said she aint as good live its bollacks....
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Bollacks? Whats that? DO you mean Bollocks?


ARGH if only messageboards had spellchecks.
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was only saying :os

maybe her singing at the tony awards was a one off. sorry to offend
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I saw Idina in WICKED on B'way three times and her voice didn't crack, NOT EVEN ONCE. I thought her voice sounded even better live than on cd!
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Seeing Idina in NYC I think she's amazing. I think everyone who hasen't seen her perform will enjoy her very much.
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