Well. obviously, Mamie Parris holds a special place in my heart. She was my first Elphaba.
I remember, I hadn’t heard anything about her, so I was a bit worried that I might not like her or that she wouldn’t live up to the expectations that I had set for myself.
But the time came, March 23, 2012, and I remember getting so excited and clapping when she ran on stage as Elphaba. I think it was something along the lines of instant love. I was completely amazed by the power of her voice and how she managed to make her voice so young and innocent-like in the first act, and make it grow more and more as the first act ended and the second act began. I just couldn’t have asked for a better Elphaba to have been my first one.
I was more than excited to have the opportunity to see her live again the following week. I wrote a card for her and the rest of the cast and everything.
So after the show, I made my way to the stage door, and, luckily, she hadn’t come out yet. After a few minutes, she did come out, and I was the first in line to greet her.
She was so nice and we had a lovely conversation while she was signing my program. I remember she said she was so sorry that I was out there in the rain and that she hoped I hadn’t been waiting too long. I gave her the card and she was tickled pink that I did something like that.
Mamie Parris has truly changed my life. She, in all honesty, made me realize that it’s my dream to persevere and one day play Elphaba up there on stage.
She truly is the most astounding Elphaba I have ever seen, and I honestly hope that one day she’ll be up there again, amybe even on Broadway in New York next time.
Best witches tonight and congratulations on a wonderful run, Miss Mamie!