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Robert Niles

From on stage at theme parks to on stage on Broadway

Published: December 17, 2007 at 12:51 PM

I wanted to bring your attention to an interesting profile in the LA Times this morning of Eden Espinosa, who plays Elphaba in the Los Angeles production of the musical "Wicked."

Espinosa credits her time performing at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood with preparing her for her role in "Wicked," where, quite frankly, she kicks major derriere.

The piece plays up her time at the Mouse House, though it notes that she actually caught her break while working the "Spider-Man Rocks" show at USH. [Full disclosure: I reviewed "Spider-Man Rocks" for the LAT and panned the show, though, I did heap praise on the cast.] The piece also notes that Broadway's current Elphaba, Stephanie Block, also once worked as a Disneyland face character.

Feel free to share thoughts about theme park entertainment performers, or about "Wicked," in the comments.

Replies (3)

Larry Zimmerman

Published: December 18, 2007 at 5:55 AM

Robert, that story you linked is available only to registered readers of the LA Times (or whatever paper it is).
Robert Niles

Published: December 18, 2007 at 12:07 PM

Allow me to introduce you to Bug Me Not. Here are several LA Times log-ins.

If you're running Firefox, I think you can get a browser plug-in that allows you to right-click a log-in form on most newspaper websites, automatically filling it in with a BugMeNot password.

Larry Zimmerman

Published: December 18, 2007 at 9:26 PM

Thanks for that tip!

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