Who is Who in WICKED’s road to fame

Wicked is easily one of the most successful musicals to hit
Broadway in the past decade. It consistently plays to sold out crowds in New
York, and supports two national tours as well as a trio of international
runs. Truthfully, its hard to think of Broadway these days without the
witches of Oz. With all of this success, let’s take a look at actors that
Wicked has made famous over the years.

Kristin Chenoweth – No list would be complete without the original
Glinda. The role wasn’t Chenoweth’s first flirtation with fame, as she
locked down her only Tony Award for her performance as Sally in You’re a
Good Man, Charlie Brown
in 1999. In June 2003, she followed
Wicked to San Francisco for its tryout at the Curran Theatre then
hopped back to New York for its official opening in October. After a year as
Galinda, she bid ado to the part. In the eight years since, she has been
involved in several Broadway, television and film projects. She’s perhaps
best known for her recurring role on Glee as April Rhodes as well
as the critically acclaimed, yet short lived television series Pushing
. She returned to Broadway in 2006 with the revival of The
Apple Tree
and again in 2010 opposite Sean Hayes in Promises,
. She has four albums to her name with her most recent being a
country turn on Some Lessons Learned.

Idina Menzel – Chenoweth’s cohort in the original production of
Wicked, Idina Menzel is perhaps best known for the work she did
prior to Wicked in Broadway’s Rent. After an Off-Broadway and
Broadway run that stretched over a year and a half, she gathered her
accolades in search of other projects. Menzel was also part of the original
Wicked cast who enthralled San Fran audiences before storming
Broadway. After getting the Tony nomination for Rent, she won Best
Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as a green girl in
Wicked. Her portrayal of Elphaba beat out Chenoweth for the high
honor. She also opened Wicked on the West End in 2006 when she
reprised her role. Menzel has gone on to star in the Rent motion
picture. Though she has had supporting roles on Glee as well as an
array of film projects (Enchanted, Kissing Jessica Stein),
her key successes in the years since Wicked have come through recording and
touring. She’s played several sold out tours supporting her four album
releases. She’s shared the stage with the likes of Josh Groban, sang
“Defying Gravity” for the president, and played with some of the world’s
most prestigious orchestras. Even with all that stuffing her resume, many
women will always see her crowning achievement as snagging her husband, her
sexy Rent co-star Taye Diggs. As an interesting side note, Diggs
briefly subbed in as Fiyero in 2003.

Megan Hilty – Fresh out of Carnegie Mellon, Hilty started as a
standby for Galinda before taking over the role in Wicked on
Broadway in May 2005. She stayed on for a year before departing to take
Wicked on the road at the tail end of 2006. She even took a turn in the Los
Angeles production of Wicked in 2007. Its fair to say no actress
knows the heart and soul of Galinda better than Hilty. She took another turn
on Broadway in the Dolly Parton inspired 9 to 5: The Musical in
2009. These days she is best known for her work as Marilyn in the hit NBC
show Smash. She battles with American Idol darling
Katharine McPhee for the lead role in this inside look at the inner workings
of a Broadway production.

Adam Lambert – Speaking of American Idol, season eight
runner-up Adam Lambert cut his teeth in theatre before he became a
television sensation. He served as an understudy for Fiyero and an ensemble
cast member in the national touring production of Wicked in 2005
and took another stint in the Los Angeles production in 2007. For those who
watched him torch the competition on Idol, it is easy to see how
that early drama work paid huge dividends once he hit the national stage. In
the days since American Idol, Lambert has released a duo of
successful albums as well sang as a stand-in for Queen frontman Freddie
Mercury on the band’s 2012 European festival dates.

Patty Duke – Duke was a fixture in America’s heart long before Wicked
was ever conceived. She starred in The Patty Duke Show during the
60s as well as highly acclaimed roles in The Miracle Worker and
Valley of the Dolls. She would win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar
for her portrayal of Helen Keller. She took a stab at Madame Morrible when
Wicked returned to San Francisco in 2009. She stayed on in the role
for a year.

By Troy Christian, editor of Broadway Tour. For complete tour cities, cast
information and the latest show updates, visit the Wicked Tour page at
BroadwayTour.net. Follow Broadway Tour on Facebook and Twitter @BroadwayTours.


Ben Freeman, Louise Plowright and Katie Rowley Jones together with many more joins WICKED in London

The West End production of WICKED is undergoing a major face lift. To the recent announcement of Louise Dearman returning to the production, this time as Elphaba,  now the production has announce that Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible),Sam Lupton (Boq), Hayley Gallivan (Standby Elphaba) and Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda) will all join the cast from Monday 29 October 2012. Also a very familiar face will return to the stage as Katie Rowley Jones rejoins the company in the role originated back in 2006  Nessarose.

From Monday 29 October 2012, this is the complete cast: Louise Dearman (Elphaba), Gina Beck (Glinda), Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Christopher Howell(Doctor Dillamond), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Hayley Gallivan (StandbyElphaba), Lucy van Gasse (Standby Glinda), Florence Andrews, Gemma Atkins, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Chlöe Hart, Jacqueline Hughes, Robert Jones, Sophie Linder Lee, Tania Mathurin, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Tom Muggeridge, Sean Parkins, Michelle Pentecost, Stuart Ramsay, Lindsay Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner, Oliver Watton and Jason Winter

Louise Dearman will rejoin WICKED in the West End…this time as Elphaba

Louise Dearman will become the first-ever performer to portray both leading characters, Glinda and Elphaba, when on Monday 29 October, 2012 she greenifies herself for the West-End version of smashing-hit musical WICKED.

Dearman played Glinda from March 2010 to December 2011, and will return to star as Elphaba to replace Rachel Tucker.

Louise Dearman commented: “As an actress, you strive to challenge yourself to play as many diverse roles as possible throughout your career, and right now I feel like the luckiest girl in the history of musical theatre. I still can’t quite believe that in two months’ time I’ll be back in Wicked, but this time I won’t come and go by Bubble, I’ll be on a broomstick!”

UK Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “From her wonderful performance as Glinda, audiences already know that Louise possesses a stunning voice and remarkable acting abilities, so we are genuinely excited to now welcome her back to Wicked as Elphaba. We have all been awestruck by the way Louise has channelled her incredible talents to inhabit this iconic role, and I’ve no doubt that audiences will be equally thrilled”.

The multi award-winning Wicked has already been seen by over 4.5 million people since its West End premiere in 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. It is now one of the Top 20 longest-running musicals in West End history.

Apollo Victoria Theatre, Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1LG
The theatre is 1 minute from London Victoria Mainline and Underground Stations. 5 minute walk from Victoria Coach Station.

Patti Murin, Cliffton Hall and Kim Zimmer joining the First National Tour of WICKED

Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible and Cliffton Hallas as Fiyero on join the First National Tour of WICKED on Tuesday, August 14 while Patti Murinas as the new Glinda on Tuesday, August 21 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Murin was last seen in NYC playing the title role in the Broadway musical Lysistrata Jones. Other favorite credits: Xanadu on Broadway (Euterpe/Kira u/s), the title roles inJane Austen’s Emma (Old Globe Theatre) and The Little Mermaid (The MUNY) and Roxie in Chicago (The MUNY). TV: “Royal Pains”. Recordings: Lysistrata Jones, Next Thing You Know.

Zimmer is best known as Reva Shayne on “Guiding Light” where she received 4 Lead Actress Emmy Awards along with 11 Nominations. Kim’s regional and off-Broadway credits include Four Dogs And A Bone, Love, Loss, And What I Wore, Blood Brothers, Gypsy, Sunset Boulevard, Dirty Blonde, Curtains and Shirley Valentine to name a few. TV credits include “Seinfeld,” “Designing Women,” “Models, Inc.” and “MacGyver.” Zimmer’s experience in Daytime TV spans 32 years and her best-selling memoir I’m Just Sayin! is now available in paperback.www.kimzimmer.net.

Hall happily returns to Oz after previously playing the role of Fiyero in the San Francisco production of Wicked. Some favorite roles include the Broadway productions & Equity National Tours of Miss Saigon (Chris) and Les Misérables (Marius). Other credits include Master Class (Tony), Grease (Danny), Oklahoma (Will) and Flower Drum Song (Ta). http://www.clifftonhall.com

Murin, Zimmer and Hall join a cast that includesNicole Parkeras Elphaba and PJ Benjaminas The Wizard.

Source: BroadwayWorld

WICKED soon heading to the Cinemas

The idea of a movie for WICKED was an ongoing fantasy of many of fans like me. Now, after Universal Studios purchased the rights last year, we have the name of whom will be directing such magnificent project: Stephen Daldry, who has most notably directed The Reader, The Hours, and Billy Elliot (which he recently stage directed for Broadway).

Via bangstyle