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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Marcie Dodd

Marcie Dodd Photograph: Joan Marcus (right)


Marcie Dodd (2008–09)


You’ve played both Elphaba and Nessarose. Was it difficult playing siblings?
I did have a few nervous moments, thinking I would say the other sister’s line if I wasn’t paying attention! Of course, that was quickly resolved with many, many run-throughs of the scenes. I loved being able to play both perspectives. On one hand you have a girl that society would see as beautiful on the outside, but who was truly tortured on the inside. Then you have Elphaba, who was an outcast because of her appearance but emanated beauty from within. Both feel alone in their skin, and are passionate in their pursuits…but I think that is where their similarities end.

Do you think that eventually, Elphaba and Nessarose would have patched things up if Nessarose hadn’t been hit by a house?
I think Elphaba would have continued to try. Nessarose blamed everyone else for being in that chair, but most of all her sister. I think she was so consumed by her own desires that she would never have been able to see outside herself, sadly. Life had given her so much, but she could only focus on the things that she had lost, which I believe would have clouded any reconciliation with Elphaba.

You’ve worn the iconic silver shoes and Elphaba’s 35-pound dress. Which of those would you want to take home with you?
Oh, no! Don’t make me choose! Can’t I have both? I think they would look fabulous together!

Are there any other roles in the musical you would have wanted to play? It doesn’t have to be limited by gender.
I always thought it would be fun to play Chistery. Who doesn’t want to be a flying monkey?

What was your strategy for removing the green makeup? How fast could you do it?
Every girl uses a different soap, but I had an exfoliating glove that was probably not great for my skin every day, but felt so good at the end of the show. With that and some finishing wipes, I think my record was out of the theater in under 15 minutes. But you can always spot an Elphaba by the green hue in her hairline.

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taylor c
taylor c

I love what SJB said about her husband and his pants. Her and Sebastian were so cute in Wicked together.

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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