Girl of the Week: Teal Wicks

Teal Wicks was born in Sacramento, California. Teal is an American singer and stage actress best known for playing Elphaba in Wicked.

Teal attended UC Irvine and graduated with a degree in Drama and honors in Musical Theatre. She was also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

She starred as Catherine in the National Tour of Pippin, a role that she later reprised at the Goodspeed Opera House. She also starred in New York City Center Encores production of Stairway to Paradise which was directed by Jerry Zaks.

She also starred in the New York Premiere of Fahrenheit 451, and the world premiere of Turandot: The Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theatre, New York.

On January 1, 2008 Teal was cast as the standby for Elphaba in the Los Angeles production of the musical Wicked. She served as standby to Caissie Levy until May 13, 2008, when she was promoted to principal Elphaba because of Caissie Levy’s departure, due to health problems. Marcie Dodd took over as standby.

As principal she starred alongside Megan Hilty, Erin Mackey and Emily Rozek as Glinda. She departed the show on October 29, 2008, and was replaced by Eden Espinosa, who returned to close the production which played its final performance January 11, 2009.

Teal is currently originating the role of Elphaba in the San Francisco production of Wicked, which began previews January 27, 2009 and opened February 6. She stars alongside Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda.

Through out her run in Wicked she has gone on with many different Glindas, including: Megan Hilty, Emily Rozek, Laura Woyasz, Erin Mackey, Kendra Kassebaum, Natalie Daradich, and Alexa Green.


Mamma Mia Announces South Africa Cast

Opening at Artscape, Cape Town from Sunday, 15 August 2010, continuing to The Teatro at Montecasino from Saturday, 02 October 2010, SA has an interesting cast was for the global smash hit musical Mamma Mia.
Award winning actress Gina Shmukler (Chess, Blues Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Showboat) stars as the mother of the bride, Donna Sheridan. Joining her on stage is South Africa’s youngest theatre sensation, 19 year old Carmen Pretorius (High School Musical SA & Shanghai, Footloose) cast as the bride-to-be, Sophie; Cape Town-born theatre and television award winning actress, Ilse Klink(Chicago, The Full Monty, Isidingo, Scandal, 7de Laan) is the no-nonsense Rosie and acclaimed stage and television star, Kate Normington (Hairspray, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, High School Musical) plays the role of the wealthy, multi-divorcee Tanya. Cape Town actor and 2008 IDO Hip Hop World Championships team finalist dancer, Stephen Jubber (Merchant of Venice, High School Musical, Bollywood movies) plays Sophie’s fiancée, Sky.

Shrek says goodbye to Broadway

The production of SHREK THE MUSICAL®, recently announced that it will play its final performance on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre (1681 Broadway) on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010 at 3:00 p.m..

After 441 performances and 37 previews,  SHREK THE MUSICAL® will say goodbye to Broadway and launch a national tour at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement, July 13 – September 5, 2010.

SHREK THE MUSICAL® stars Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James as Shrek, Tony Award® winner Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona, Tony Award® nominee Christopher Sieber as Lord Farquaad, Tony Award® nominee Daniel Breaker as Donkey and Robb Sapp as Pinocchio.

Salma Hayek & Jessica Biel “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown”

Variety reports today that Salma Hayek and Jessica Biel, along with Broadway stars Matthew Morrison and Paulo Szotare had starred in a private industry reading last weekend of “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown,” now in development by Lincoln Center Theatre.

The musical is based on Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 film of the same title and features a book by Jeffrey Lane and a score by David Yazbek.  The pair has previously collaborated on “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Bartlett Sher(South Pacific) directed the reading.  Sher is also collaborating with Yazbek on another new musical Bruce Lee: Journey to the West.

While none of the actors are officially attached to the project, it seems likely that with names such as these, Broadway aspirations are likely, potentially as early as next spring according to Variety. Lincoln Center Theater has made no announcements regarding production plans.

Memphis, The Musical, Opened in Broadway

Last Monday was the official opening of this new musical in Broadway. MEMPHIS is currently playing at the Shubert Theatre (225 W. 44th Street).

MEMPHIS stars Chad Kimball (Huey Calhoun) and Montego Glover (Felicia Farrell) with Derrick Baskin (Gator),J. Bernard Calloway (Delray Jones), James Monroe Iglehart (Bobby), Tony nominee Michael McGrath (Mr. Simmons), and Cass Morgan (Gladys Calhoun).

The company also includes Jennifer Allen, Brad Bass, Tracee Beazer, Kevin Covert, Hillary Elk,Dionne Figgins, Rhett George, John Jellison, Sydney Morton, Vivian Nixon, John Eric Parker,Jermaine R. Rembert, LaQuet Sharnell, Ephraim Sykes, Cary Tedder, Danny Tidwell, Daniel J. Watts, Katie Webber, Charlie Williams and Dan’yelle Williamson.

A thrilling theatrical event that combines Broadway splendor with the roots of rock, MEMPHIS features an original story by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a brand-new score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony® nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). The cast also features Derrick Baskin, J. Bernard Calloway, James Monroe Iglehart, Tony nominee Michael McGrath and Cass Morgan.

MEMPHIS is produced on Broadway by Junkyard Dog Productions, Barbara and Buddy Freitag and Kenny and Marleen Alhadeff with Jim and Susan Blair, Demos Bizar Entertainment, David Copley, Dancap Productions Inc., Latitude Link and Tony Ponturo in association with Broadway Across America, Lauren Doll, Linda and Bill Potter, Chase Mishkinand Patty Baker/ShadowCatcher Entertainment.

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