Editorial: Thank you and Happy New Year

This is the time of the year were we go back and review it everything. But I thought that cliche would make it boring and uninteresting for you. So…

As you all know by now, I don’t very much like writing about my ideas of thoughts, but New Years Eve makes me a little bit emotional.

2010 was crazy in Wicked The Musical. We had a lot of cast announcements and changes. We mourned some great people leaving and celebrated some amazing new ones stepping into the big Wicked Family. We even had to undergo the closure of the San Francisco Production-with such amazing and INCREDIBLY TALENTED  people performing there. We also had some changes in productions styles. We changed Sydney for an Australian National Tour and we also had the German production going to Oberhausen.

It was for sure a thrilling ride! But I want to take this opportunities for thanking and recognizing some people.

We started back in 2009 with a small blog. Now we are one of the top Wicked blogs in the Wicked -sphere and this wouldn’t have been able if it weren’t for you guys. Yes you, my readers. Thank you for joining us and for enabling us to grow. Whether it’s your first time or you are just revisiting, Thank you. We would be nothing without you guys reading us.

Another thank-you goes to the amazing Performers that let us share their world. My list is long but it’s worth thanking each one of them:

Nicolas Dromard, Neka Zang, Natalie Daradich, Felicia Ricci, Libby Servai, Alyssa Fox, Lindsay K. Northen, Lesley McKinnell, Stefanie Brown, Jody Gelb, Cassandra Compton, Lucy Newton, Lucy Durack, Tim Campbell, Ben Darmanin, Teal Wicks and Liana Hunt.

To all of you Thank you. Without you guys we would be nothing. You guys make us feel special and appreciated as you make us be part of your world. You know that we, fans, love you and we will even follow you after Wicked (or Mamma Mia in Liana’s case) on whatever project you want to engage. Thanks for making 2010 a special year.

Third, I want to thank the different Fans that engage regularly on here-specially TWickies. You guys rock! I hope we keep you entertain as much as possible, for you to keep coming back. Thank you for making us company every single day.

Felicia Ricci’s fans, as well as the guys for Jemma Rix and Willemijn Verkaik, have proven me that they are strong as hell. However, I want to deeply and specially thank TWickies. This guys are mental! They are Teal Wicks fans! Although I consider myself one of them, I have to admit this guys are nuts about Teal. Their Founding Mother and Head Jacqueline is amazing! If I ever include a Fan Personality of the Year I think she would (deserves) win it. Thanks Jacq for everything and for trusting BroadwayisWicked! I know Teal is proud of you.

Last but not least I want to thank my co-writer and newly addition Sarah without whom I would never get such amazing information directly from West End! Thanks girl!

So there, I hope you enjoyed this year and we are looking forward to having an amazing 2011.

Happy New Year!

The BroadwayisWicked Team

Teal Wicks is Personality of the Year 2010

After a three-weeks intense poll, you guys had chosen Teal Wicks as your new Wicked Personality of the Year 2010.

This American singer and stage actress, best known for her performance of Elphaba in the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of the musical Wicked and to reprise that role next January in Broadway, has been awarded after winning the poll with over 20,000 votes (42%).

Second place was for Felicia Ricci (@feliciaricci) with an amazing 12,900 votes (27%) and in third came Dee Roscioli with over 6,000 votes (13%).

It truly seems Elphabas are more Popular than Glindas

Then, Rachel Tucker, Kendra Kassebaum, Nicolas Dromard, Lousie Dearman, Eden Espinosa, Patrice Tipoki and Ethai Benshlomo in that order.

Thank you all for participating! You have all been wonderful. Great poll by TWickies and Felicia’s fans.

Congratulations to all of the contestants and specially to the amazingly talented and gorgeous Teal Wicks!

David Nathan Perlow is the new Fiyero for the Second National Tour of Wicked

David Nathan Perlow will take up to the role of Fiyero on Dec. 27 at the Murat Theatre at Old National Centre in Indianapolis, IN. David Perlow will replace Chris Peluso on the Second National Tour of Wicked.

Perlow will join a cast that includes Vicki Noon as Elphaba, Natalie Daradich as Glinda, Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible and Don Amendolia as The Wizard.

The company also features David de Vries (Dr. Dillamond), Zach Hanna (Boq), Michelle London (Nessarose) and Anne Brummel (Standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Michael Drolet, Jeremy Duvall, Christine Dwyer, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Samantha Farrow, KC Fredericks, Todd Hanebrink, Lauren Haughton, Courtney Iventosch, Ryan Jackson, Lauren Linville, Lesley McKinnell, Robert Pendilla, Rachel Potter, Casey Quinn, Don Richard, Tory Ross, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Daniel Torres, Erin Wilson, Justin Wirick and Lindsay Wood.

Perlow has spent the past year in Broadway’s Tony Award-winning production of La Cage Aux Folles.

Cast Update – Wicked Broadway

Aaron Albano has recently joined the Broadway company of Wicked as member of the Ensemble and Boq U\S. Also Adam Fleming and Kelly LaFarga are leaving.

Aaron Albano is enthusiastivated to be returning to OZ…New York edition! Aaron was an original member of the first national tour of Wicked and comes directly from the Broadway company of Mary Poppins. Other Broadway credits: Chip in …Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, Bombay Dreams. Training: CCM. Proud AEA member. aaronjalbano.com. Love and thanks to God, family and friends

Poll of the Month: Who is the “Wicked” Personality of the Year? Part II

After a long week of crazy voting, here are your Top 10 Cut-off you have voted to pass and go onto the last phase of the Poll to become “Wicked” Personality of the Year. (In order of voting)

  1. Teal Wicks
  2. Felicia Ricci
  3. Rachel Tucker
  4. Dee Roscioli
  5. Louise Dearman
  6. Eden Espinosa
  7. Kendra Kassebaum
  8. Nicolas Dromard
  9. Patrice Tipoki
  10. Etai Benshlomo

You have time to vote any of your favorite performers out of this 10 amazing actors until December 31st 11:59pm EST. Votes already submitted are kept in the count to make it fair for everyone who already participated in the poll.

Thank you all for making this poll awesome and crazy! You guys have already submitted over 17,000 votes.

Here is the rest of the list who unfortunately didn’t get to the finals. Nonetheless, they have done an excellent job and they all deserve to become Personality of the Year.

Teal Wicks is the new Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway

Beginning performances on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, Teal Wicks will assume the role of Elphaba in the Broadway company of WICKED. Ms. Wicks is making her Broadway debut after playing the role of Elphaba in both the San Francisco and Los Angeles productions of WICKED.  She will be replacing Mandy Gonzalez in the role.

Also, Kyle Dean Massey will come back to OZ as Fiyero on Tuesday, January 25.

Ms. Wicks and Mr. Massey join a cast which includes Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Jenny Fellner as Nessarose, Etai BenShlomo as Boq and Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond.

Source: BBW

Review: Mamma Mia on Broadway

Last Wednesday night I saw the smashing-hit musical Mamma Mia, currently playing at the Winter Garden theatre on Broadway. This was my second time visiting the house, and you can read my previous review here for more insights. However, this time it was different. If during my first visit to the Greek island I had liked the show, I now ended up loving it. Maybe it was the cast, the music or simply the night but everything was really good during the performance.

It is now very clear that old ABBA tunes are still kicking in after all these years and that people keep enjoying them thanks to this musical. The audience left the theatre with nothing but big smiles after dancing and singing along throughout two hours of excellent entertainment.

As for the cast, everyone was in its official role except for Tanya, who was played by Stacia Fernandez (SB), instead of by Judy McLane, and Father Alexander, who was interpreted by Timothy Booth. Over the last couple of months Mamma Mia has undergone some changes in its cast, but surprisingly it really doesn’t show. All actors were very strong in their parts, including the entire ensemble that conveyed lots of energy throughout the entire show. As I said, everything was pretty much perfect.

I’ve been following Lisa Brescia since she played Elphaba in Wicked a couple of years ago. She was perfect for that role but I now realize that she was, in fact, born to play Donna Sheridan. Lisa was absolutely fantastic. She understood the character to perfection and Donna was, for the first time, a true character brought to life. Her voice is shaped beyond perfection, her diction was impeccable and her interpretation of all the pieces was outstanding, leaving no doubt that she deserves, more than anyone, the part. But above all, Brescia was successful at conveying the fun of playing Donna and it showed how she enjoys every second of the show. Ms. Brescia has brought Donna to such a new dimension that I dare say no other performer can truly match-add a deep and renewed spirit to Mamma Mia. On the other hand, her daughter, Sophie Sheridan, was certainly no way behind. Young and talented Liana Hunt, showed why she was taken from the National Tour to the main stage on Broadway to reproduce the part. Her performance was full of detail, and she played Sophie in a brilliant way. Her vocals were strong and she was stupendous in all parts. One can clearly tell that Ms. Hunt has a tremendous future and I can’t wait to see a lot more from her as she follows her path towards becoming a true Broadway star. Brescia and Hunt show a real chemistry, much like a real mom-daughter relationship, becoming a dynamite duet. However, I would have loved to hear a little bit more of Liana during the show. The sound system seemed to me a little bit low at some parts and I couldn’t hear and clearly understand her lines and beautiful voice. Still, she truly represents all the sweetness and appeal of Sophie, creating a solid and shining performance.

The Dynamos are obviously supporting roles in the story, but let me tell you that they didn’t feel like that at all. Both performers were exceptional and did a terrific job. On the one hand, Stacia Fernandez didn’t seem like the understudy. I’ve previously seen Ms. McLane in that role and despite the fact that they play the role differently, I personally think that the chemistry between Stacia and Gina Ferrall (Rosie) was beyond splendid. Their comic timing was wonderful and the audience rewarded them with a standing ovation at the end.

As per the Fathers, they are all three simply appropriate for the part but none of them really brought any sparkle onto the stage. I would have expected a lot more from them, bearing their career in mind. Corey Greenan, Sky, did a solid work and he proved why together with Liana they come across as a very charming couple on stage – kudos to him.

Last but not least, the rest of the ensemble. They acted down to the last detail  and they truly showed the amount of hours of preparation, helping Mamma Mia become one of the top shows currently playing on Broadway.  They all did a timely and colorful choreography with solid vocals and a proper back-up singing too.

On a whole, I would say Mamma Mia is an enjoyable show. It’s perfect for those seeking a musical where the entire family can have fun and be a part of it. Mamma Mia has proven to me once again why it is the awarded show it once was. Of course, much success also depends on the cast and let me assure you that both Ms. Brescia and Ms. Hunt will bring this show once more to the must-see musicals on Broadway.