I love all the Glindas and was curious as to who has performed the role the most. I looked at all of the productions, including non-English language. (I’m not sure Dee has Elphabaed the most if you count all productions. Maybe Willemijn?)
I rounded to months, so these are approximate counts. And I’m sorry that the cut doesn’t work on mobile.
The 12 women who have came-and-gone by bubble the most:
Our final, exciting musical offering celebrating the work of esteemed composer/lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver! In this thrilling musical presentation, join 16-year-old Jasper as he travels through the Afterlife on a mission to save his best friend, Agnes. In this hybrid underworld, Jasper encounters demons, gods, mortals and monsters from Greek, Egyptian, Roman, Norse and Judeo-Christian mythology, learning what it means to die and questioning what it means to live, with musical direction by Ryan Fielding Garrett. Oliver, the recipient of both the Jonathan Larson Award as well as the Richard Rodgers Award for musical theatre, is one of New York’s most prolific and exciting young musical artists.
Jay Armstrong Johnson as Jasper
Katie Rose Clarke & Julia Mattison as Agnes
F. Michael Haynie as Chuckster
George Salazar as Pluto
Wesley Taylor at Mr. Lethe
Ryah Nixon as Persephone
John Michael Lyles as Lester
Lexi Rabadi as Beatrix
…with Kevin Shotwell, Tatiana Lofton, Connor Russell, and Alyssa Dipalma
KATIE DID IT
If you stumbled into the packed 54 Below on Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. you might have wondered: What’s Michelle Pfeiffer doing on stage in the silver mini and black silk blouse?
That young-Pfeiffer lookalike was Katie Rose Clarke, a musical theater actress known for playing the vulnerable Clara in “The Light in the Piazza” and the popular Glinda in “Wicked.”
Showtunes weren’t in Clarke’s field of vision in her quirky, funny and irresistible one-night cabaret debut, called “Down to Earth.” Accompanied by five fine musicians, she roamed from Beyoncé (“Halo”) to Dolly Parton (“Marry Me”) to the Avett Brothers (“All My Mistakes”).
Clarke’s twangy Texas roots shone on a song her dad wrote (yep, he was in the house) and the stirring “Rise,” by her music director and hometown bestie Steven Jamail. For sheer fun, there was Pink Martini’s “Sympathique,” performed in French.
Merci, Michelle. Oops, I mean, thanks, Katie — good time.
— Joe Dziemianowicz
(Source: New York Daily News)