Wicked The Musical closed season in Sydney

Wicked The Musical performed one last day at Sydney last Sunday.

The night was ozsome with fans, media and the cast and crew with amazing excitement. It was and Oztastically night!

At the end of the performance all the cast & crew took the stage to give a final farewell as glitter fell from the ceiling of the magnificent Capitol Theatre. Also, a huge line of fans was waiting outside to give all one last farewell. It was a great night!

Wicked The Musical will be opening in Brisbane in January.

Check out some of the pics from the night!

Review: Wicked The Musical with the Second National Tour at Madison Wisconsin


“Call Lesley McKinnell a bubble: as Glinda the good witch, she floats right to the top.”

“It may sound churlish to say “Wicked” makes up in flash what it lacks in heart. But the connections feel forced – as Elphaba, Noon keeps her distance from everyone, even during an oddly chaste “lovemaking” scene. She’s a solid singer with a keen sense of comic timing, but it doesn’t penetrate beneath the surface. As Fiyero, Peluso, too, looks like he’s going through the motions.”

Find the full and original article here

Girl of the Week: Lisa Brescia

Lisa Brescia, born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is an American musical theatre actress who has performed as lead and understudy in several Broadway shows. Lisa is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Brescia has appeared on Broadway as Elphaba in Wicked, Amneris inAida, Cleo in Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ and Marion Halcombe in The Woman in White, when she stepped in for British star Maria Friedman. Regional credits include Side Show, Evita, The Last 5 Years, A Little Night Music and Brigadoon. For five years, Lisa toured internationally with The Mamas and The Papas with original members John Phillips

Brescia has played the role of Amneris in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida in several productions. Brescia joined the first national touring production in 2002 as the standby for Kelli Fournier. She assumed the role of Amneris in September 2002 when Fournier left the production. Disney later moved her to the Broadway production as the standby for Mandy Gonzales. Brescia assumed the role on January 4, 2004 upon Gonzales’ departure. She remained in the role until the final performance on September 5, 2004. Brescia returned to the role for one week in 2006 at The Muny in St. Louis along with Simone and Will Chase, both of whom also appeared in the Broadway production.

On February 13, 2007, she replaced Saycon Sengbloh as the Elphaba Standby in the Broadway production of Wicked. She left the production on May 18, 2008. She served for Julia Murney and later, Stephanie J. Block. On June 3, 2008 she replaced Dee Roscioli as the principle Elphaba in the Chicago production of Wicked. She left on August 24, 2008 when Roscioli returned to the role. Brescia then starred in the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway: Three Generations, a three-act evening featuring condensed versions of Girl CrazyBye Bye Birdie, and Side Show. The show was presented at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater October 2-5, 2008.

Lisa was recently seen in The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown as Mom in Orange County, California.

Brescia will replace Beth Leavel as Donna Sheridan in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia! beginning October 22, 2010.

MAMMA MIA! Announces New Principal Casting in Broadway

The global smash hit musical MAMMA MIA! will announces new principals Lisa Brescia, Liana Hunt, Corey Greenan and Clarke Thorell.

As from Friday, October 22, 2010 Broadway musical veteran Lisa Brescia (Wicked, Aida, The Woman in White) will star as “Donna Sheridan”, opposite to  Liana Hunt who will play “Sophie Sheridan,” making her Broadway debut direct from starring in the role on the U.S. national tour. Current Broadway cast member Corey Greenan graduates from the ensemble to play the principal role of her fiancé “Sky.”

Clarke Thorell (Hairspray, Lone Star Love) joins the company as “Harry Bright.” Tony Award® nominee John Dossett (Gypsy) and Patrick Boll (Faith Healer) continue as “Sam Carmichael” and “Bill Austin,” rounding out the trio of men from Donna’s past who are Sophie’s three possible dads.

Judy McLane (Chess, Kiss of the Spiderwoman) and Gina Ferrall (Beauty and the Beast, Big River) continue as “Tanya” and “Rosie,” Donna’s best friends and former back-up band known as “Donna and the Dynamos” who reunite on a Greek island for the wedding of Donna’s daughter, Sophie.

Wicked Second National Tour opens tomorrow in Madison, Wisconsin

Where: Overture Center , 201 State Street , Madison, WI 53703  -Ticket Office: 608.258.4141

When: As from  September 22 to October 10.

Cast: Wicked Second National Tour

Additional Information: The hit Broadway musical is a prequel to “The Wizard of Oz, ” telling the tale of Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba,  who becomes the Wicked Witch of the West. For information, visit http://www.overturecenter.com/production/wicked

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