Girl of the Week: Mandy Gonzalez


Mandy Gonzalez is a Broadway actress recently appointed as the new Elphaba for the smashing-hit musical Wicked.

Mandy was playing the role of Nina Rosario in the 2008 Tony Award winning musical In The Heights at the Richard Rodgers Theater. A role she created in the Off-Broadway production for which she received a Drama Desk Award.

Mandy made her Broadway debut as Princess Amneris in the Tim Rice/Elton John musical AIDA. She appeared in the musical Lennon, based on the life of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and she also starred opposite Michael Crawford as Sarah in Dance of the Vampires.

Mandy is perhaps best known for her OBIE Award-winning performance in the Off-Broadway production of Eli’s Comin’, the musical based on the lyrics and music of songwriter Laura Nyro.

In 2007 she starred as Lucy in the Korean tour of Jekyll and Hyde:the concert. Workshops include In the Heights dir. Tommy Kail, Duncan Sheik/Steven Sater’s The Nightingale, Wicked dir. Joe Mantello, The Color Purple dir. Gary Griffin, Best Little Whorehose in Texas dir. Joe Mantello, Beehive on Broadway dir. Debbie Allen, When You Wish dir. Tina Landau and Warm dir. Scott Schwartz.

Mandy can be seen in Julie Taymor’s upcoming Across the Universe, In God’s Hands, NBC’s Third Watch, and Guiding Light. She can be heard on the film soundtracks of Mulan 2 and Urban Legend.

As from March 23rd, Mandy can be seen at the Gershwin Theatre playing the role of Elphaba in the musical Wicked.

Changes in Wicked Casts


Here is a wrap-up of all the changes going on in the short term for Wicked in all of the American Productions

Broadway:

Mandy Gonzalez to become Elphaba as from March 23rd. Replacing Dee Roscioli.

1st National Tour:

Justin Brill replaced Ben Liebert as Boq

2nd National Tour:
Natalie Daradich takes over Glinda as from March 10th. Replacing Helene Yorke.
Chris Peluso becomes Fiyero as from March 10th. Replacing Colin Donnell
Anne Brummel to replace Carrie Manolakos as S/B Elphaba on March 10th
Christine Dwyer to replace Anne Brummel as U/S Elphaba on March 10th

via Flying High

Launching the Ultimate Wicked Stars Twitter List


We decided to give you more things to keep you coming to visit us in OZ.

Therefore, as from now you will find a new “Page” on the top of the blog call “Ultimate Wicked Stars Twitter List“.

This new space will give you information on the Twitter addresses of all your Wicked favourites Stars.

I pray for your help to keep it updated and enlarge the list of our Wicked Stars.

Look it up here

Jersey Boys London Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with New Cast


The hit musical Jersey Boys is celebrating it’s second Anniversary welcoming 2 new cast members to it’s West End cast. As from March 18th 2010 John Boydon and Eugene McCoy will replace Glenn Carter and Philip Bullcock as Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.

The pair will join exisiting members of the four seasons Ryan Molloy and Stephen Ashfield who will continue in their roles as Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio.

Both actors have appeared previously in long running West End jukebox musicals so should fit right in with the cast of Jersey Boys. McCoy’s west end experience includes the Abba musical, Mamma Mia! whilst Boydon has recently finished a two year stint of the Queen musical, We Will Rock You.

Jersey Boys tells the story of four white collar workers who started out life on the wrong side of the tracks, together these workers which included Frankie Vallet becomes the Four Seasons, one of America’s biggest selling pop bands, selling over 175 million records worldwide.

via JerseyBoysBlog & MusicalVerse

WICKED launches Young Writers’ Award


The smash hit West End musical Wicked launches a new educational award to recognise excellence in writing, encourage creativity and help develop writing talent in young people nationwide. Spearheaded by bestselling author and former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, the WICKED Young Writers’ Award is the first of its kind to seek entries from young writers between 5 and 25 years old across all backgrounds and areas of the UK.

Michael Morpurgo will be joined on the judging panel by Gregory Maguire, author of the acclaimed novel that inspired the musical that re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’. Michael Morpurgo said: ‘I hope the award will bring the passion and energy of WICKED’s amazing theatrical show and its ability to reach across age-ranges and backgrounds, to young people and their writing. With the encouragement of their teachers and families and the excitement of this kind of challenge, we will see original and creative writing coming through from children of all backgrounds and abilities. Let’s hope that many, many young people will be encouraged to begin their own storytelling journeys’.

Entries for the WICKED Young Writers’ Award will be sought from children across the UK and Northern Ireland who will then be separated into four categories in between the ages of 5-16: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13 and 14-16. An individual Gregory Maguire Award for 17-25 year-olds will encourage writing that, in the same style as Gregory Maguire’s WICKED novels, takes a well-known story and examines it from a different perspective.

Young people can enter pieces either written at home or at school on a theme or subject of their choice. Schools will be encouraged to enter writing on behalf of their pupils through an online Teachers’ Resource and schools’ entry form. Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of WICKED, said in a statement: ‘Through sponsorship of a Young Writers’ Award, I am extremely keen to be able to link the production’s important messages of tolerance and unprejudiced thinking with a competition designed to stir the imaginations of young people across the country’

Twenty winners will be chosen from every category, with one overall winner then selected from each. All of the winners will be invited to a special autumn ceremony held at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where WICKED is currently being performed. Each of the winning entries will then be published in an anthology celebrating the 2010 WICKED Young Writers’ Award. An overall winner from each of the categories will win tickets to see WICKED with their family and a writing master-class from one of the esteemed judges. The two schools that encourage the most entries will win books for their respective libraries. The final date for entries is Saturday 31 July 2010.

More Information here

via BroadwayWorld

Girl of the Week: Laura Woyasz


Laura Woyasz is a Broadway actress and voiceover artist currently standing by for the role of Glinda in the Braodway company of Wicked. Laura was also part of Wicked in the national tour and L.A. companies.

Laura is making her current Broadway debut after crediting for different shows along her career such as Modern Millie, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, James Joyce’s The Dead, My Life With Albertine, The Who’s Tommy and singing backup for Kenny Rogers.

Laura Woyasz Official Page

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