I could say something like “Sarah Anne Fernandez defies gravity in Wicked” but I feel like it’s just too contrived and doesn’t quite capture the feeling Fernandez gave as Elphaba, aka The Wicked Witch of the West. In fact I find is extremely difficult to put into words how exactly how the performance felt. The only thing I could think of?
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Sarah Anne Fernandez is the understudy to Mariand Torres, who according to her twitter got sick and wasn’t able to perform. Her unfortunate illness ended up to be a big deal for Fernandez as she killed it last night at Keller Auditorium.
At a mere 22 years old and fresh out of college Sarah landed her dream role and put her all into it. You could feel the excitement radiate from her performance from beginning to end. She hit the notes, played Elphaba beautifully, and has an incredibly bright future ahead of her.
Not to be outdone, Erin Mackey as Glinda was equally splendid. Glinda is a sweet-as-sugar, highly conceited but oh so likable witch in training and Elphaba’s unexpected best friend. One of my favorite numbers “Popular” showcased her character’s mannerisms and personality to a T. The chemistry between Mackey and the cast was extraordinary. And speaking of the rest of the cast – it was a show not to be forgotten. Anyone who misses the tour is doing themselves a disservice.
See Wicked at Keller Auditorium through July 28th, 2019. Tickets are still available at www.BroadwayInPortland.com
The Broadway sensation WICKED looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”
Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary on Broadway, WICKED is the winner of more than 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. WICKED has been performed in more than 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean and Portuguese. WICKED has amassed more than $4.6 billion in global sales and has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide.