We asked Josh Daniel Green to share his experiences creating the characters he plays in the ensemble of Wicked:
I’m Josh Daniel Green, and I have been in Wicked on Broadway since December 2014. Here are some of the many characters I play in the show.
Sometimes called Mystery or Stitch, this is my monkey character. I open and close the show with him (and several scenes in between), so I feel that he gets to see the whole arc of the story. Along with the movement that is choreographed for monkeys, we have some room to individualize our monkeys- mine is influenced by the spirit of my dog, Punkin the Frenchie. I know it sounds a bit odd, but I connect with the innocence and discovery he experiences. As you may have seen, Stitch was recently engaged onstage.
This is my Shiz student character. He goes by many names, but one that has stuck with me is Tommy. I take inspiration from the costume design - I’m the only character with an untucked shirt, and I wear a cap for a few scenes. So I think of him as a little laid-back, maybe a little sloppy and not the most focused on academics, but secretly tries very hard. He is known for napping in class and has a special connection with Madame Morrible. He gets his chance to come out of his shell when all the students head to the OzDust Ballroom.
And finally, this is my Emerald City citizen character, Xavier Charles IV. He has recently come into his inheritance and attends only the most fabulous events in the Emerald City. I carry a magazine prop in "One Short Day," so I tend to think he’s a bit of a gossip. He also may have a green-fur French Bulldog.
All photos by Kevin Hucke, Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor