Wicked on Broadway: Talking to the 15 wonderful witches

We got up close and personal with all 15 emerald divas who played Elphaba in the Broadway smash Wicked.

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    Idina Menzel as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Shoshana Bean as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Eden Espinosa as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Ana Gasteyer as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Julia Murney as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Kerry Ellis as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Marcie Dodd as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Nicole Parker as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Dee Roscioli as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Teal Wicks as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Jackie Burns as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba in Wicked

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    Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba in Wicked

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In the decade that Wicked has run on Broadway, a number of women have grabbed the flying broom and donned the pointy black hat of Elphaba, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch of the West. Only a handful of hits run as long (or longer) than Wicked: The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Mamma Mia!, to name three. In honor of the blockbuster show’s tenth anniversary, Time Out tracked down all 15 divas who went green for one of Broadway’s greatest hits. In these sessions, they gabbed about their favorite show moments, memorable technical mishaps, best fan gifts and their favorite Fiyeros.


The wonderful witches of Wicked



Idina
Menzel

Shoshana
Bean

Eden
Espinosa

Ana
Gasteyer

Julia
Murney

Stephanie J.
Block

Kerry
Ellis

Marcie
Dodd

Nicole
Parker

Dee
Roscioli

Mandy
Gonzalez

Teal
Wicks

Jackie
Burns

Willemijn
Verkaik

Lindsay
Mendez


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Kenia
Kenia

Of course who watched Wicked usually prefer that one that you saw, I don't think someone got the luck of watching all of the from Broadway and UK versions. I've watched and listening some of them, and of course all are great, is Wicked they wouldn't choose a bad singer, but Idina Menzel's is the best with no doubt I'm in love with the book and of all actress she is the one that meke me belive in Elphaba, and she has the voice, THE voice, when you read the book where anyone else could sing after listening to Elphaba's voice is how we saty after listen to Idina's. It's all the package that makes her the best.

sherry
sherry

Jackie is beautiful and amazing inside and out!!

Kate
Kate

@maxii rose: because Kerry was in the original UK cast. She was Idina's understudy. Great article!

maxii rosee
maxii rosee

I thought that Idina had originated the role of Elphaba in the uk and us so why is Kerry saying that she was in the original wicked production at uk!!!

Andrew Wicked
Andrew Wicked

OMG! Only 15 Elphaba' s ?! Wow! #wickedrules

Louis
Louis

Willemijn was and still is the best Elphaba. I've seen her performing three times at Scheveingen in the Netherlands and it was three times Wicked! I hope to see her in London West End too.

Oos
Oos

What about kristy cates? She played Elphaba on broadway And on the Chicago production on was in the original cast!

Mariuca
Mariuca

The article is well written and the beautiful actress is so sweet, also! But! The girls actresses spoke about their roles as if the witches were fairies!OMG! The real witches are bad, evil and they do good only for themselves! Dont let the people be fooled! Thats a fairy who God would love to become true, maybe-I mean, the witches be so strong and their power put it in the service of another..but thats only a fairy..

James H
James H

I know this is the witches on broadway but I would love to hear what the witches around the world have to say to these questions, particularly the Australian witches.

Rachael
Rachael

Idina is AMAZING!!!!! FYI, Mandy you signed my Alphaba doll! She sits in my family room

Logan Stein
Logan Stein

A great and unique article. A fitting celebration on an important milestone for the show. How great to take a look back and realize that only 15 amazing actresses have had the privilege. How wonderful to see how the answers varied.

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