Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Elphaba

By Playbill Staff
30 Oct 2013



Lindsay Mendez
Photo by Joan Marcus

Lindsay Mendez, who made her Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of Grease, is Broadway's current Elphaba. She joined the cast in May 2012 along with her Dogfight co-star Derek Klena, who currently plays Fiyero. Mendez has also appeared in Everyday Rapture and the 2011 Broadway revival of Godspell.

Last summer Mendez spoke with Playbill.com about her experience in Wicked: "I saw [Wicked] when it first opened, and I thought it was awesome. I loved it. It's always been around, but it was never on my radar as a show that I could be in. And so, now doing it is like crazy and strange… And, I'm green all the time now! I really love playing this role. We're so lucky to get to [perform] such an epic journey every night. You don't always get that opportunity in a musical. A lot of times, you're playing something that happens over [the course of] a week. You're not getting to see people grow up and have these huge things happen to them [like in Wicked], and I think it's really special to get to dig that deep and go through [the journey] every night. And, to get to sing with a huge orchestra — one of the last huge orchestras on Broadway — and to be in a show that's this big and exciting, where an audience comes and is already excited to see it before it even starts… We have such an upper hand! They're already invested in the story before we even open our mouths because they know these characters, and that's really special and makes our jobs easier."

Read the full interview here.