Idina Menzel *CAPTIONED* "Greenifying" Interview


Uploaded by runawayfelon on 11.06.2009

Transcript:
(Idina laughs)
Idina: To apply the green makeup...
To do the entire thing...
Like a half hour, now. Got it down.
Used to take longer, but now... with Joe...this is Joe, makeup
Makeup designer, for the show, and helps me...
And he also helps me do the makeup everyday.
Interviewer: Perfect...
Idina: Uh...it's MAC...uh, and Joe...
This was already made, this green, right?
We just got lucky. They didn't have to...
Make a brand new color. And it's um...
It's this pancake thing, and it's actually...
You add water. We use these Japanese brushes.
They're really soft.
And um...he dips it in water and then it's like we're water-coloring me.
And uh...and it's light. It's not really...
I think I've worn more makeup in other shows than I
Actually do...with the green. Or at least heavier.
Well, I read the book, and I absolutely loved the book.
And I loved the character in the book.
Um...
And um...I loved, you know, that she's this underdog,
And that, the twist on the entire character, and...
How the audience would come in with these ideas about her,
And then I'd get to sort of turn that....um....
And um...and obviously working with Stephen Schwartz.
Back then, I mean, you don't know what you're getting into,
So you just...you go with the collaboration and the creative team.
If you trust that and you're excited to work with those people:
Joe Mantello, um... Winnie Holzman, um...
You gotta kinda just trust...
That they're gonna guide it in the right direction
'Cause it's two or three years away from when I got involved.
And just sort of enjoy the journey
And the things you can learn from them.
Actually, not be as result oriented. And, no...
Sometimes things aren't going to work, and you'll do a reading
And certain things are not... Are gonna...are gonna fall kind of...
Um...short. But...
But what I learned, um...as an actress and as a musician
With both of them was... was enough
That if it never even made it to Broadway, it didn't matter.
It was important for my, um...
Evolution as, you know, a human-being I guess.
Interviewer: Look, it's great you say that,
'Cause I would think with the creation of a whole show, out of town...
I mean, things change on a day-to-day basis, sometimes...
Idina: I mean, even funding, you know,
How often do you know if something is gonna even make it to fruition.
You don't know. So...
And we had to sort of...I had to commit that I wouldn't do much else.
Um...you know, like a tv show, or another play.
So, um...yeah. You really have to
Take a leap of faith and...enjoy the process.
And that's what's so great about new musicals.
I mean, you know, and originating a character.
Um...It's how they start to...
They hire you and then they start to, you know...
Write things that fit you, uniquely you, and...
Um...and...
And then I would take from them, and then, um...
And then to be at this, at this point and look back,
And see that this is a woman that we...we created together...
Um...obviously with the inspiration of Gregory Maguire's character,
And the inspiration of The Wicked Witch of the West from the movie,
And Margaret Hamilton, and then sort of, you know...
What Idina was gonna make of that.
It was...It was all really exciting, and...
Like I said, if it didn't make it to this I would have...
Still been a better artist, I think... Having had the experience.
(Elphaba singing "The Wizard and I") "When people see me,
They will scream!
For half of Oz's favorite team!
The Wizard and I!"
*Crowd cheering*
Idina: I have thought about the success of the show, and sort of...
Count my lucky stars, every day, 'Cause it is rare,
Especially an original, um... musical.
Um...and I...I mean, yeah, I think it's just...
I think it's the...it's the story.
It's...it's something that appeals to, you know, all ages,
Which is rare. You know,
It's...it's a smart enough, intelligent enough story for adults to...
To get in there, and have fun discovering and figuring out
What's gonna happen next. And then...and then it's got...
Um...and then for kids, obviously, it's, you know...
That's evident.
But it's...it's an intimate story within a spectacle.
So it has everything that everyone goes to a musical to see.
(Elphaba singing "Defying Gravity") "Everyone deserves a chance to fly!
And if I'm flying solo,
At least I'm flying free!
To those who'd ground me
Take a message back from me!"
Interviewer: You know what I found quite interesting?
You know, people who come into the theater know "The Wizard of Oz".
And they think they know all these characters,
And no one would have ever rooted for The Wicked Witch of the West.
Idina: Right. Interviewer: Then you come to this
And you see this wonderful story,
And you feel so much
'Cause you figure out how this woman became the way she was.
And you realize she's the one you root for!
Idina: Yeah! Well that's...I mean, obviously that's what I love...
(Idina laughs) About it.
I mean, that was difficult to create and to work on,
As far as the book goes, you know, there's this...
A tender balance as to, um...
You know, trying to make her real and have...
And have, "warts", and...
And spunkiness, and...
And not always be so nice.
Because, you know, I think they were worried that if they made her...
If she wasn't likeable, then obviously we didn't know where to go.
On the other hand, I mean, how, you know...
We have to make her real and have these levels.
So we'd play with how much of a sense of humor does she have?
How...how honest can she be, when she's younger?
How, um...you know...
How angry can she get before she gets "angry"?
And all that kind of stuff.
Interviewer: I was wondering when you really feel that Elphaba is sorta...
Evolved?
Idina: Uh...it's gone through some different...
Um...I have different choices, I mean, it used to be putting on the green,
But, now, you sort of become immune to that.
Um...I think sometimes putting on that cap.
And the boots are flat. Everybody has these great,
High-heeled shoes, and they all look really fierce.
And I have these kind of...
The way it makes me walk, I feel kind of dumpy and nerdy.
And the little cap and the glasses...
Help me, for the beginning of the show.
Joel: I think the wig.
The wig is the big...
The makeup comes first,
Then the wig, then the eye-brows.
Then I have a little break... to warm up, physically.
Uh...you know, there's no turning back.