you seen any of the other Wicked productions prior to
accepting the role?
Yes. I saw Idina on Broadway in August 2004. I remember
sitting there gob smacked, thinking it was the best
thing I've ever seen.
Have you read
Maguire's novel, Wicked - The Life and Times of the
Wicked Witch of the West?
Yes. Just after I saw the show on Broadway. I loved
it. Very dark and political. Totally different from
the Disney-esk Theatre show!
What is your favourite
No Good Deed.
What is your favourite
I rather enjoy the scene we call "Fallen House'' the
scene where Elphaba and Galinda really let rip at each
other. The dialogue/slaps/ catfight/ Fiyero's rope swing,
are all great moments.
Who is your favourite
Elphaba. Her journey is so interesting.
What is your
favourite ensemble / Elphaba costume?
Okay errmm... ensemble, probably my Ozdust, and my Elphie
has to be the act 2 dress. It's just incredible to wear.
Who is your favourite
My flathead has a great character and through story,
don't you think? ;-)
What are your
characters top 3 priorities in life?
If you mean what Elphies 3 priorities in life are...
I think it's to look after her sister, gain her Father's
love, and to trust her instincts.
Have you had any
prop / make-up / costume mishaps? If so, what?
Too many!!!! Well we've all heard about my flathead
fall. That has to be my number one! And when I went
on for Elphaba on 6th January matinee, the zip on my
dress in one short day came off and during the wizard's
chamber it came completely open and Helen had to hold
What is the official
term for the Umpa Lumpa / Humpty wizard things?
How do you see
when you are in the Umpa Lumpa / Humpty costume?
There are gauzes in the mouth
After many discussions,
we have come to the conclusion you are the Umpa Lumpa
/ Humpty that enters from SL, crosses the stage and
exits SR.Can you please put everyone out of their misery,
which one are you?
If I tell you it would spoil the fun ;-)
Who else is an
Umpa Lumpa / Humpty with you?
Simon Hardwick and Tim Walton
Thanks to Martin's
blog, your Umpa Lumpa / Humpty fall has become infamous.
What was that whole experience like?
All I can say is I was laughing harder than anyone else.
I couldn't speak afterwards!!!
What has been
your worst on-stage mishap (other than the above) so
far, as either ensemble or Elphaba?
See previous "prop / make-up / costume mishaps" question
Of the different
ensemble characters that you play, do any of them have
names? If so, which ones and what are their names?
No official names, but Paul Ayres and I a while ago
decided our Shiz characters were Poo Poo and Pee Pee
( as in longstocking, due to my wig ) respectively.
Do you get to
be a monkey at any point?
Which do you prefer
performing - your ensemble parts or Elphaba?
Take a crazy stab at that one?!!!
you more a Galinda or an Elphaba?
I'm sort of a nice blend of the 2.
unexpectedly went on for your very first performance
as Elphaba. What went through your mind when you got
the phone call to say you were going on that night?
Well I was already on the train heading into work when
my phone went at half 5. I was funnily enough running
Elphaba lines when Wyn called! I thought he was joking
at first as Kerry had been in full song the night before.
Once I realised I had to go on, the adrenalin hit so
fast I immediately had to go... and not for a wee if
you know what I mean??? I called my mum and my agent
(who both made it that night!) I had no time to run
lines, no time to panic, no time to get nervous, I just
got to the theatre, picked my things up, went to Kerry's
dressing room and warmed up. The next thing I knew I
was waiting behind the clock for my first entrance thinking...
'this is it... focus, listen and be truthful'
How did you find
your first night performance?
Surreal and unexpectedly enjoyable!
For those that
have yet to see you as Elphaba, how would you describe
the way that you play Elphaba?
I think I play her quite vulnerable and hopeful. I'm
one of the younger Elphies too, so she may come across
as more youthful than some of the others.
Have you changed
anything about your performance from your first night
to your more recent performances?
Oh yes. Tonnes! I got notes left, right and centre!
I also asked everyone to tell me what they needed or
thought I could try.
How do you feel
being in the ensemble helps your performance of Elphaba,
in terms of stage chemistry with the others?
Well I imagine that as I'm very comfortable with the
company it made me feel safe being chucked on as I knew
how supportive they all are.
is very angry throughout the show. How do you prepare
/ get into that frame of mind so you can pull off 'seriously
angry' for 3 straight hours?
I think she's more impulsive rather than just plain
the producers are nice and allow understudies on for
the odd scheduled performance here and there. Is there
any chance you will be getting some scheduled Elphaba
performances between now and July? If so, when?
Nope. Nothing is planned.
As well as ensemble
and Elphaba cover, you are also cover for Nessarose.
How do you go about making sure you do not get your
Just make sure I say the lines that I say when I'm sitting
in a chair and make sure I say the lines that I say
when I'm green!
Since you have
now had the opportunity to play Elphaba, are you keen
to have a chance at playing Nessarose?
I think it will be an interesting experience. It's always
good to see a show from another perspective.
How would you
You'll have to wait and see.
The majority of
the principle characters are as 'wicked' or more so
than 'the Wicked Witch'. In your opinion, who is the
wickedest person in the show and why?
Madame Morrible... she's so calculating.
If you were stranded
on a desert island with any character from Wicked, who
would it be and why?
One of the flatheads. I could use the costume as a tent.
Have you decided
whether you will be staying at Wicked after 14th July,
or do you have other plans?
I haven't decided yet.
Since we have
been asking you all the questions, what question(s)
you would like to ask the fans
How on earth do you afford this hobby????
Is there anything
further you wish to add?
Thanks for being so lovely and supportive!!!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ms Janson very
kindly agreed to answer the above questions for us here
at WickedUK.co.uk. We would therefore like to take this
opportunity to thank Ms Janson for her time and effort
that made the above interview possible.