Broadway is Wicked is a blog aimed at fans of the smashing-hit show Wicked The Musical. In this site you will find all kind of news, videos, photos, interviews and other things related to Wicked –Broadway, National Tours, Australia Tour and West End- and other stuff related to Broadway and theatre in general.
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://millerauditorium.com/
Wicked London have announced who will be their new Fiyero and it is a familiar face! Mark Evans was part of the Wicked Ensemble in 2007-8 and actually understudied the role of Fiyero during that period.
He will be perhaps be best known for being a Finalist in BBC 1’s “Eurovision – Your Country Needs You”, but he has a good background in musical theatre, playing high profile roles ranging from Troy Bolton in High School Musical – Live On Stage to Monty Python’s SPAMalot. Mark’s most recent role involved touring the UK playing the lead role of “Curly” in the Rogers & Hammerstein classic OKLAHOMA!
He is also in the process of working on his debut album of which will be a bi-lingual release; recorded in Welsh and English.
Mark’s will be playing Fiyero at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, London, from February 7th 2011.
Wicked London’s latest Cast Change is scheduled to take place on Saturday 5th February and it looks like it will be a very sad day as a lot of popular cast members will be leaving us.
Those who have already confirmed that they will be leaving are Cassie Compton (Nessarose) Lee Mead (Fiyero), George Ure (Boq), Sarah Earnshaw (Standby Glinda) and Ensemble members Lewis Bradley, Jack Wilcox, Stevie Tate- Bauer, Danny Mac, Lucy Newton and Sam Wilmott.
On a happier note, the following have all extended their contracts; Louise Dearman (Glinda), Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Nikki Davis-Jones (Standby Elphaba), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julie Le Grande (Madame Morrible) and Julian Forsyth (Dr Dillamond).
Who will be sharing the stage with them from Monday 7th February is as yet unknown, although it is currently the subject of much rumour and speculation! We will keep you updated as soon as announcements are made.
The first ever Broadway World UK Award Winners were announced today and Wicked London put in a respectable showing in a list dominated by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.
Wicked won Best Long-Running West End Show with 24% of the vote, slightly ahead of Phantom of the Opera on 23%. The result was no doubt boosted by some fantastic social networking campaigning by fans of the show!
Former Glinda, Dianne Pilkington, scooped an impressive and somewhat apt 39% of votes for her role in 39 Steps in the “Best Leading Actress in a Play”, her co-stars also triumphing in the Best Featured Actor in a Play and Best Leading Actor in a Play categories.
Although the best Leading Actor in a Musical was won by Ramin Karimloo from Love Never Dies, current Fiyero, Lee Mead came a respectable third place with 14% of the votes. In the best Leading Actress in a Musical (won by the wonderful Sheridan Smith of Legally Blonde), current Elphaba Rachel Tucker got 12% off the votes, current Glinda, Louise Dearman 6% and Wicked favourite Kerry Ellis got 13% for her performances as Nancy in Oliver!
New York has Broadway, London has the West End … A clump of theatres in the same geographical area. However, we also have a few theatres dotted randomly here and there, away from the bright lights of the West End . The Apollo Victoria, the home of Wicked London, is one of those theatres. It lies opposite one of London ’s busiest train stations, London Victoria , on a street inevitably awash with business people rushing along, clutching free newspapers and takeaway cappuccinos. It’s not the most glamorous location for the home of the Worlds Best Musical, but the theatre itself makes up for that.
According to their website “the building was designed as a “super-cinema” by E. Warmsley Lewis in 1930 in striking art deco style. The cinema closed in 1975, reopening six years later as a theatre, with a concert by Shirley Bassey providing the opening night”. When walking down the road, unlike its New York counterpart, you would never struggle to work out where the theatre is. The exterior glows bright green by night and the large Wicked logo is surrounded by a million glittering green sequins which catch the sun and sparkle merrily by day. Inside the theatre you will find stunning Art Deco decoration on the vaulted ceilings – shells, fluted columns and soft rolling drapes in silvers and soft pink roll upwards from the stalls on ground floor to the roof. The set is huge, always an impressive sight when you walk into the auditorium and there are 2208 seats, making it one of the biggest theatres in London . It also probably holds the honour for the biggest interval toilet queues!
Wicked opened in London in September 2006 and is still going strong four years later, with no sign that audiences are dwindling, even in the harsh current economic climate. The story is pure escapism and the leading ladies get standing ovations night after night. Devotees find themselves returning time and time again and squeal with glee on internet message boards when it is announced one of the understudies is to make a rare appearance as lead, rush to the steps of the theatre to camp for day tickets with a flask and an mp3 player full of show audios, before mobbing them when they arrive at the Stage Door. There is just a buzz about this show which inspires unprecedented levels of devotion. Long may it continue!