As Wicked flew out of Birmingham on Sunday night, I got a chance to sit a spell with the actors who bring the life (and a little magic) to two of the most infamous characters in Oz–Mary Kate Morrissey (Elphaba) and Stuart Zagnit (The Wizard).
Mary Kate met and exceeded my expectations in her role as Elphaba. Thinking back to the scene of “Defying Gravity” nearly gives me chills! Aside from her spectacular vocal performance, Mary Kate clearly communicated the character of Elphaba through her every expression, movement and interaction with another character. This was my third time to see Wicked, and I felt that Mary Kate truly tapped into Elphaba’s character by bringing a young and fresh perspective to the beloved star of the show. Here is my Celeb Sit Down interview with Mary Kate!
RS: What is your favorite moment in the show?
MKM: The Ozdust Ballroom when Glinda and Elphaba become friends.
MKM: Because I think that’s when the show starts. Otherwise there wouldn’t be a show if they didn’t come together.
RS: What’s your favorite part about your character?
MKM: That she’s the underdog and she triumphs. She stands for a lot of people who aren’t necessarily in privilege. She can stand for whoever the audience needs her to be.
RS: If you could be any character for a night, who would it be? I know this is a hard one for you!
MKM: I know (she laughs). I would want to be Elphaba every night!
RS: That’s a great answer!
MKM: I think for one night I’d want to be Glinda. Just for fun.
RS: Is it hard to fly in the harness and sing? (during “Defying Gravity”)
MKM: No. I’m standing on something, so it’s not a harness. I’m standing.
MARY KATE MORRISSEY is currently the Standby for Elphaba in the Munchkinland Tour of Wicked the musical. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2011 with a degree in musical theatre. Her past theatre experience includes Hair! (national tour), Tamar of the River (off-broadway) and Lizzie: The Musical (regional). Keep up with Mary Kate on Twitter at @maryspacekate.
The interview with Stuart Zagnit (The Wizard) is coming soon! Follow @1RachelSinclair for updates.