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December 1 • 2011

Wicked, the musical about

The witches of Oz playing Dec. 7-31 at
the Detroit Opera House.
Brummel, who has played the
part of Elphaba in the second North
American Tour since January, has
worked her way up from being an
ensemble performer.
"I love the story, which I think is
incredibly moving and powerful," says
Brummel, 32, in a phone conversation
from the road. "I've dreamed of doing
this part for a long time so getting to
do it just about every day is a consis-
tent reminder of a dream that's come
true.
"My character was born green so
she's had a pretty unique skin color all
her life and grew up in a house where
she was not the favorite child. She
spent a lot more time with her nanny
than her parents.
"She's tough because everyone has
looked at her strangely and helped her
develop a thick skin. She's very intel-
ligent and very much an activist."
Brummel, daughter of musical the-
ater performer David Brummel, relates
to her character in that she had to
develop a thick skin as an actress. She
relates to the song "I'm Not That Girl"
in the Stephen Schwartz score because
it explains that individuals can be sat-
isfied with themselves no matter what
they see others achieving.
Brummel, who has toured Michigan

divorced parents.
dancing lessons an
school, celebrating her bat mitzv
in keeping with the traditions of her
mother's family.
After studying at the University of
the Arts in Philadelphia, she worked in
children's theater. The musical theater
actress moved through nonprofes-
sional productions before entering the
professional world.
"I was the understudy [performing
other roles] in the Wicked ensemble
for a year before I became standby [for
Elphaba for a year]," she explains. "I've
actually made quite a journey through
this company, and I love that it was my
journey.
"There's a camaraderie in the
ensemble that I don't get to be a part
of as much because my role puts me
on such a different track. I see less of
the others since I do so much singing
and have to take care of my voice."
With the tour since the beginning of
2009, Brummel makes sure to see her
husband, musical-theater performer
and guitarist Brian Gallagher, at least
every three weeks.
"Getting to do Wicked in New York
would fulfill another dream;' she says.
"When I have time to myself, I like
silent activities — movies, reading
and cooking. I like knitting, and it's
getting colder so knitting seems very
appropriate:"

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Wicked runs Dec. 7-31 at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway.
Performances are 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays (except Dec. 31 at 6:30
p.m.) and Monday, Dec. 26; 1 p.m. matinees Wednesdays and Thursdays
and Dec. 24 and 31; 2 p.m. matinees remaining Saturdays and Sundays;
and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. There will be no matinees on Dec. 7 and 14-15,
no evening performance Dec. 24 and no performances Dec. 25. $39-
$104. (313) 872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com .

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