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Wicked Challenge (Five Elphabas)

Julia Murney (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour)

"I’ve known Stephen Schwartz for a very long time. I had sung "Defying Gravity" — I think I might have been the first person to sing it in New York. It was at the Duplex [in July 2002] — there was an evening of Stephen’s music that someone put together, and Stephen very kindly [told them], "You can have a song from my new show [Wicked]" —which was just about to do more workshops — "but Julia Murney has to sing it," which was very sweet. And, I think — I might be wrong here — but I think [the key] might have actually been higher! Because I remember saying, "Stephen, this is not cute."