Join the First National Tour of Wicked in Our Wicked Romance: A Jazz Cabaret

On Monday, March 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm, join company members from the 1stNational Tour of Wicked for one night only as they step out of their roles in the hit musical and perform some of their favorite music, dance, and comedy numbers to benefit Broadway Cares and the Orange County Arts Education Center.

The cast includes Stefanie Brown (Nessarose), Paul Slade Smith (Dr. Dillamond), Justin Brill (Boq) and Mariand Torres (Elphaba Standby).   Experience The WICKED Romance in Orlando’s new space, THE MEZZ, located in the Sanctuary on Eola Drive, provided by Florida Theatrical Association, Orlando’s Broadway Across America presenter.

Also an auction is being held for:

  • A walk-on role in one WICKED Orlando performance
  • A backstage tour with Glinda
  • A “Greening” of Elphaba experience
  • Memorabilia from the show
  • Signed WICKED posters

Interview with Ashleigh Gray

Amazing interview by the BroadwayWorld peeps Ashleigh Gray, former standby Elphaba and part of the “originals” in the West End production of Wicked.

“I left last year and I could have done it forever. I love the show and love the part, but I didn’t like waiting around to do it.”

Read the complete article here

Cast Update: Broadway

Kevin Jordan is joining the Wicked cast in Broadway as Swing and as Chistery understudy.

Kevin Jordan makes his Broadway debut with Wicked after performing with the San Francisco company and both national tours. Other credits include Altar Boyz (Mark), Cats (Skimbleshanks), A Chorus Line (Swing).


UPDATE:  This happened last week and here is the slip for his announcement inserted within the Playbill. Thanks for this to @WinkiePrince


Interview with Anne Brummel

Good interview to actress Anne Brummel who is currently playing the role of Elphaba in the Second National Tour of Wicked.

“I didn’t want my interpretation to be changed by the novel,” she said. “Now that I’ve settled into the role, I’m very eager to read the book, now that I have what I perceive as the character. Now I think I’d be able to read it and enjoy it for the book that it is.”

Read the complete article here

Colin Hanlon is the new Fiyero for the First National Tour of Wicked

Colin Hanlon will take over the role of Fiyero in the First National Tour of Wicked as from today Tuesday, February 15 in Appleton, WI.

Hanlon’s Broadway/off-Broadway credits include Rent, Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and I Love You Because (Austin; CD on PS Classics). Recently Colin was Luke in the regional premier of Next Fall at St. Louis Rep. He played Warren in Michael Mayer’s On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (New York Stage & Film). He’s worked at KC Rep, Westport Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Festival and the O’Neill Theater Center.

Hanlon joins a cast that includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as the Wizard.

via BroadwayWorld

Colin Hanlon to Join Cast of WICKED Tour In Appleton 2/15

Wicked London ‘muck up mat’ -What is that?

by Sarah

Saturday 4th February 2011 was the latest Cast Change for Wicked London and, as is tradition, the matinee show was a “muck up mat”. If you are not familiar with the concept then it involves the cast adding in little changes to the show that would not spoil the overall enjoyment of the show for the ordinary viewer but would cause much hilarity to those of us who have already seen the show far too many times already. Below are some of the highlights;

Act One
Lewis Bradley delivered the line “is it true you were her friend” in a strong Scottish accent.
Danny Mac fell off the box he was sitting on when he first met Elphaba and she barked “yes, I have always been green”
Matt Krzan carried the bike on, ringing the bell as he went, instead of riding it on.
Lee Mead arrived onstage in the Fiyero cart, upside down!
Fiyero didnt throw Boq’s book off stage during Dancing Through Life, he just handed it back to him. Boq just dropped it at his feet and walked off.
In the Ozdust Ballroom scene, Boq kissed Nessa
After “Popular” Fiyero came on stage with a Glinda pink flower in his hair, hence this hilarious exchange;
Fiyero “you’ve been Galindafied”
Elphaba “I’VE been Galindified”
Fiyero “You don’t have to do that you know”
Elphaba “Neither do you”
Gareth Chart’s Scientist had a long Bobby Charlton-esque comb over and was Cockney.
Chistery randomly appeared in the railway scene.
Slight, yet significant line change “Itttttt’sssssssss Boooooooqqq. And I won’t be doing this anymore” got a big “aah” from the crowd.
Daniel Jones rolled sideways from one side of the stage to another instead of doing back flips.
Danny Mac had some daft scooter antics during “One Short Day”.

Act Two
Less silliness in this half.
Chistery was hiding under the Wizard’s coat and eating lots of bananas; when he was on top of Wizard’s mechanical head and and when handing the Grimerie to Elphie.
Clive Carter was his usual fantastic ad libbing self when asked to let the flying monkeys go. “I was going to let a few of them go today anyway…. can’t I keep a couple of them for myself..?”
Before demanding the guards “let the green girl go” Fiyero swung in and out on the rope twice with a petrified look on his face. It was highly amusing.
The boys and girls swapped hats in Fight of the Witch Hunter.

And that was about it… lots of laughter and sillyness before we all got emotional in the evening show at the thought of so many talented performers leaving the show. They will be greatly missed. Then the usual Cast Change scrum at the stage door afterwards ended another fantastic day in Oz. Big thanks to the departing Ozians (and of course to those who are staying on) for putting on two amazing final performances.