Dee Roscioli to join First National Tour of Wicked

Credit: Dee Roscioli

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, Dee Roscioli is coming into the First National Tour as Elphaba, replacing Jackie Burns  on that production. Her performances start on Tuesday June 7 in Omaha, NE.

Roscioli is former Elphaba in more performances than any other actress – more than 1,000 performances and counting. Her las run was in Wicked on Broadway, after closing the record-breaking Chicago production and performing the role in San Francisco. Additional NY credits include The 24-Hour Musicals, Therapy Rocks (NYMF). Nat’l tour: Cats (Grizabella). She recently did a workshop of Bobby Cronin’s Welcome to My Life, and Liberty.

Roscioli joins a cast that includes Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as the Wizard.

Wicked Broadway Cast will perform at Fleet Week this Saturday 5/2

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, along with the City of New York and the United States Navy and Fleet Week Committee, celebrates the 24th annual Fleet Week, to be held from May 25 – May 30, 2011. Fleet Week is America’s premier tribute and “thank you” to the men and women who serve in the armed forces. This year’s festivities will be hosted by Tony winner Gregory Jbara.

Many fan-favorite Fleet Week activities will be held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Pier 86 (46 Street and 12 Avenue, Manhattan). This year’s special events and performances include

Friday, May 27: Cast members from current Broadway shows “Priscilla Queen of the Desert,” “Catch Me if You Can,” “Jersey Boys,” “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia,” “Wonderland” and “Rock of Ages” will perform from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Members of the cast of “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” will perform at 2:30 PM.

Saturday, May 28: Cast members from the Broadway musical “Wicked” will perform at 11:30 AM. The Manhattan Dolls, a singing trio, will perform at 4:00 PM.

Via BroadwayWorld

Is Dee Roscioli replacing Jackie Burns on the First National Tour of Wicked?

Credit: Dee Roscioli

Many sources -including some reliable ones- have now stated that there is a big rumor along the Wicked aisles that former Broadway Elphaba, Dee Roscioli, could be stepping in for Jackie Burns after she announced her departure from the production, a couple of weeks ago.

Although this is still a rumor, non official sources have confirmed or denied this story. However, here offficial Facebook Fan Site says: “Kyle reached his goal and then some..thank you to all who helped such a worthy cause! I guess I am going to have to plaster on the green and sing Wicked for you all summer..let me call Wicked to see if there’s any openings :)”

Dee Roscioli began her greenify career back in 2006 on the Chicago company and since then she played the role in San Francisco and 2009 in Broadway when she replaced Nicole Parker.

What do you think? Is Dee coming back?

Review: First National Tour of Wicked

Today I’m most honor to review the First National Tour during their stop in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

It was Friday evening at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale. It was my second time visiting the theatre and once again it was a full house. The crowd was anxiously waiting for the number one running show in Broadway.

Once I entered the room the usher gave me my Playbill and the insert announcing a new Glinda in the house, Miss Amanda Cooper. I took my seat, low Orchestra, row six in the middle. Perfect spot! (Booked three months in advance). While waiting for the show to commence I was already excited for two reasons: It was my first time seeing Wicked after over a year and secondly, because I always enjoy when a new main character comes on board -at that point I knew nothing about Amanda.

Conductor gave his wave to the orchestra and the magic began…

Overall, I felt that the show was superb solid which, surprisingly after so many times I’ve seen it and heard it, made it as crisp and new as the very first time back in 2006.  The entire cast soar the show into new dimensions and people responded equally with a standing ovation at the end. From the very beginning the entire ensemble was coming strong with a triumphant splendor that resembled the true spirit of the wonderful land of Oz. These performers were certainly blowing it away with an electric vibe that could amuse even the most avid Wicked fan.

Once Glinda’s bubble descended from the magical sky, sparks of talent where once again flying out into the room. Amanda Cooper, portraying the Good Witch of the North, delivered what I believe was one of the most memorable and engaging Glindas I’ve ever seen. Her comic timing and giddiness, proper of the blonde witch, was totally self-absorbing conveying the true soul and being of Glinda. Although this being her first week playing the role, her taking over the stage and her outstanding vocals gave no sensation of newbie-like staging but, on the contrary, a perfect character understanding and effervescent acting. Key in her success was her green co-star Jackie Burns. Jackie was simply perfect enabling her green-complexion character to be believable at all moments. Her voice certainly deserves a separate chapter. She has a true velvetine clash of impeccable vocals that knew how to captivate the entire audience into an hypnotic adventure of self-discovering and new friendships. Jackie Burns was simply jaw-dropping with a sweet and yet snarky take on Elphaba which I personally loved and was moved by in many occasions along the story.  Jackie’s was outstanding, and her singing was far beyond perfection, following each note handwritten by Schwartz creating a spellbiding connection with the audience. Other standouts included Stephanie Brown playing Nessarose who undeniably portrayed her as a cold yet scared and powerful Nessa, giving the character new dimensions and expressions. Also, Mark Jacoby as the charming and chary Wizard of Oz, who got to bring the character unseen features and expressions.

Colin Hanlon was a proper Fiyero with no dazzling moments but great comic-timing, while Randy Danson was an artful Madame Morrible willing to follow her own desires.

Overall, Wicked has proved once again why is the most seen show in Broadway and why it continues to be the most successful musical across America. The First National Tour left Ft. Lauderdale with grace and setting new standards for upcoming shows yet to fulfill such high expectations in the audience.

Tom McGowan joined the Broadway production of Wicked

credit: Playbill

Tony-nominated Tom McGowan, joined the Broadway company of Wicked, replacing P.J. Benjamin as The Wondeful Wizar of Oz, beginning performances May 3.

McGowan, has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago and Ivanov and Off-Broadway in The Food Chain (Obie Award), The Winter’s Tale and Coriolanus.