Wicked for the Flood fundraising in Adelaide

Jemma Rix, David Harris and Lucy Durack, Elphaba, Fiyero and Glinda respectively in the Australian production of Wicked were thrilled to be dressed for the Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation luncheon in designs from Harry Watt and George Gross couture and delighted to receive a gift of a strand of pearls and matching earrings from major sponsor Raw Pearl’s Dyann Smith, all of this at the Intercontinental Hotel last week.

The three, who were due to appear in the production in Brisbane when the flooding started, told “Adelaide Now” their hearts went out to every Queenslander affected by the devastating crisis.

“It was pretty frightening,” Lucy said. “Two hours from the preview we were evacuated.”

When it was on with the show two weeks later the cast felt humbled to appear before such adoring fans, Jemma and Lucy admitting to be teary when singing a duet about friendship.

“The audiences who had been through so much were giving us so much back,” Lucy said.

“They were incredible audiences who were really vocal and so appreciative.

via AdelaideNow


Wicked visits Children’s Hospital in California

The Second National Tour of Wicked now visiting Fresno, turned the Children’s Hospital of Central California into “The Land Of Oz” Saturday.

Cast members performed several songs from the Broadway Musical hit inside the hospital’s Guilds of Fame room.

Kids got up close and personal with the cast members, interacting with each of them.

Wicked is currently being played at the Saroyan Theatre in Downtown Fresno

Watch the Video here

via ABC30.com

WICKED Delights Blind Children’s Learning Center

Members from the current touring production of WICKED spent some of their time offstage with children from the Blind Children’s Learning Center in Santa Ana. Seven cast members performed a number of songs for the students as a surprise treat. The event was facilitated by Johnson Gray Advertising, who is currently working with the nonprofit to create a strategic marketing plan that will increase their awareness in the community.

The only school of its kind in Southern California, the Blind Children’s Learning Center provides children who are visually impaired a learning environment that encourages and fosters independence in everyday life while preparing them for the future. The Center also promotes the attendance of sighted children who are placed in classrooms alongside the visually impaired.

“The cast and I always enjoy meeting our younger fans. We take advantage of as many opportunities as we can to reach out to the kids in the community. Everyone I spoke with was eager to attend and support this incredible organization,” said Michelle London, who plays Nessarose and is an agency alumna. Randy Lopez of Johnson Gray added, “We wanted to create a unique opportunity for the kids and faculty of the Blind Children’s Learning Center and these cast members were so gracious to donate their time and talent.”


The Ladies of Wicked open “Cabaret For A Cause-Open Your Heart at Open Mic”

A new cabaret series will kick off April 4 at 8 PM at Rachel’s Restaurant on West 43rd Street. Cabaret For A Cause-Open Your Heart at Open Mic will host for their first evening our beloved Wicked Ladies Libby Servais, Meggie Cansler, Alyssa Fox, Jenn Furman and Alicia Albright.

A portion of the beverage and food proceeds will go to St. Jude’s.

There is no cover charge and no minimum. Rachel’s is located on West 43rd Street and Ninth Avenue.

Meredith Kaye Clark sings at Pink at The Brown

Our beloved Meredith Kaye Clark will be singing ‘Defying Gravity” this Thursday at the Pink at the Brown benefit in Houston, TX.

Pink at the Brown, an evening of short performances benefiting the Pink Ribbons Project, show will also feature artists from Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, the Alley Theatre and Da Camera of Houston as well as guests presented by Society for the Performing Arts and the Gexa Energy Broadway at the Hobby Center serie.

• When : 8 p.m. Thursday

• Where: Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas

• Tickets: $30-$200 (all tickets include champagne and dessert after the show); 713-524-7465.



Wicked to Host a Cabaret Performance ‘WICKED Rocks’

The Second National Touring Company of Wicked will host WICKED Rocks, an evening of cabaret performances.

Held at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Founders Hall, the event will feature company cast members.   The net proceeds of the event will benefit AIDS SERVICES FOUNDATION ORANGE COUNTY (ASF) and BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS (BC/EFA).

Admission to WICKED Rocks is by donation, and tickets are available online at ocasf.org or by phone at 949-809-8766.  Admission for the event is $65, $55 and $45.  Wine, provided by Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres are included in the admission price.  While all are welcome the evening is intended for mature audiences, and parental discretion is advised.

Produced by company members, the evening is an opportunity for the performers to step out of their roles in the musical through different styles of music and dance. The concert will feature a variety of principal and ensemble cast members.  In addition, there will be a silent auction of items including Wicked memorabilia.  A live auction will give winning bidders several opportunities to join the company backstage at Segerstrom Hall, including a chance to bid on a walk-on role in Wicked. The musical will be playing at Segerstrom Center for the Arts March 8 through April 3.  Tickets to performances of Wicked are available at www.scfta.org

he Segerstrom Center is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  The closest parking structure for visitors to the Segerstrom Center and Founders Hall is the Center Tower Parking Structure located at the corner of Sunflower Avenue and Avenue of the Arts.  Current rates are $10 per car, cash only.

WICKED Rocks is part of an ongoing series of performances by the touring company throughout the country to support charitable causes which advance Wicked’s theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical’s message that people should not be judged on first impressions.  The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world.  Raising $251,332 in 2010, more than any other Broadway or National Tour in the country, the Munchkinland Company of Wicked was the overall winner for the Easter Bonnet collection that year.  In its mere 2 years on the road, this company has raised over $800,000 in donations to BC/EFA.

Wicked at the ASMF charity luncheon in Australia

Leading “Witches” Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack, from the Aussie production of Wicked, will be performing at the Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation Wicked the Broadway Musical luncheon on April 12.

The fundraiser in the Intercontinental Adelaide Ballroom will also feature the production’s Australian general manager Bernadette Hayes as guest speaker.

“It is a privilege that the producer of Wicked John Frost has granted the foundation this exclusive performance. It is unique to the ASMF,” ASMF patron Angela Condous says.

The event will be hosted by Channel 7 newsreader Graeme Goodings.

To book phone 8206 2550 between 2pm-4pm Monday to Thursday or by email asmf@adv.newsltd.com.au The foundation will support the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Neurological Research Foundation.

from AdelaideNow