However, the most memorable piece of the show is undoubtedly Glinda. Mason takes a character that could be a simple, popular blonde stereotype and gives her layers of complexity — her Glinda is funny, charming, energetic, excitable, impassioned, imperfect and more. She plays coy to manipulate others, but never with the intent to harm (aside from one attempt to embarrass Elphaba with a big, black hat). Mason’s boundless energy onstage is downright infectious, and provided a majority of the evening’s laughs.
Mason hits the comedic beats perfectly, drawing extra humor out of every line with subtle pitch changes, inflections and never-ending physical energy. I have a hard time imagining anyone executing “Popular” better than Mason, both in terms of comic and vocal talent.
On top of that, Glinda and Elphaba’s chemistry is perhaps the best part of the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mason and Morrissey are best friends in real life, and their rapport had me hoping for a future production of “Wicked” where the two witches end up together while Fiyero is left to find his own scarecrow wife (no offense to Hall).
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Regional Reviews: Wicked in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Because Glinda's lines drip with sarcasm, it can be a challenge for an actress to convey the character's depth. However, Ginna Claire Mason's performance is so beautifully nuanced that she manages to communicate Glinda's insecurity and her growing self-awareness without sacrificing a jot of humor.
Wicked brings magic, friendship and girl power to Syracuse
Mason’s voice and demeanor embody the Good Witch of the North in a way that makes her giddy and slightly annoying character completely lovable. She gives a phenomenal performance in “Popular,” making the audience giggle, applaud and even sing along.
WICKED Casts a Spell at The Landmark Theatre
Ginna Claire Mason is confident and comedic in the role of Glinda. As soon as she floats down in the bubble and sings out those operatic high notes in "No One Mourns the Wicked" she dazzles, and that is not just because of the sparkly blue ball gown, wand, and crown. Her beauty, charm, and hilarious facial expressions make her performance a memorable one. Her performance of "Popular" is particularly memorable and highly hilarious as she prances about the stage.