Willemijn Verkaik is WICKED Personality of the Year 2011

And the winner is… Willemijn Verkaik!

After an intense three-week poll and by obtaining 55% of the total 590,000 votes, a new record for BroadwayisWICKED, you have elected the current Elphaba for the Dutch production of WICKED as your new “WICKED Personality of 2011“.

This dutch actress and singer, Willemijn Verkaik, as many of her fans have already stated in the comments section is the only performer to sing Defying Gravity in three languages (Dutch, German and English). She has also become the longest-running lead Elphaba in the history of the show and has closed the German production to recently open the Dutch one.

Second Place, and very close with 40% of the total votes, came our 2010 Personality of the Year, Teal Wicks who recently finished her peformances in the WICKED family on Broadway. Third place was for yet another Elphaba, stand-by performer for that role in the San Francisco production, Felicia Ricci.

Then Anne Brummel, Dee Roscioli, Rachel Tucker, Tiffany Haas, Etai BenShlomo, Chandra Lee Schwartz and Jackie Burns, to count the final top 10.

This has certainly been one of the most wonderful and amazing polls we have ever done in BroadwayisWICKED. I wanted to thank you all for participating and bringing so much fun to this race!

Congratulations to Willemijn Verkaik (and her unbelievable fans!) for becoming WICKED Personality of the Year!


Broadway Divas series at The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University

The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield’s Sacred Heart University will launch this season’s Broadway Divas series with a visit from three ladies well known for Wicked fans!

Dee Roscioli , former Elphie in several productions including Broadway, will be joined by fellow Broadway performers and friends Katie Rose Clarke and Jennifer DiNoia. In addition to performing, the trio expects to share some behind-the-scenes stories.

via newstimes


Mamie Parris Joins the First National Tour of Wicked

The company of the first North American tour of Wicked welcomes Mamie Parris as Elphaba already beginning performances in Atlanta, GA this week.  Ms. Parris replaces Dee Roscioli in the role.

Parris joins Wicked directly from the First National Tour of 9 To 5 The Musical as Judy Bernly (Jane Fonda in the iconic film). Broadway: Ragtime (recent revival), The Drowsy Chaperone, Roundabout’s 110 In the Shade. Other credits include: First National Tour of Legally Blonde the Musical, Drama Desk-winning Off-Broadway musical See Rock City… And Other Destinations (The Transport Group), Chicago at the Macau International Music Festival in China, two holiday tours with Kenny Rogers and numerous regional productions.

Via BroadwayWorld

Media Recap: The Ultimate Makeover: ‘Wicked’ Actress Turns Green

Interview by “Courant.com” with Dee Roscioli, who plays Elphaba in the National Tour of Wicked\

It’s a green world for “Wicked” actressDee Roscioli these days. Actually it has been a “green” five years for the Pennsylvania native who plays the green-skinned “Elphaba,” and holds the distinction of playing the “bad” witch in more performances than any other actress. She is starring in the touring production of the award-winning musical now playing at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts through Sept. 11. Roscioli “Spills the Beans” about life as a “landscape green” person and how she gets that way…

To read the full interview please go here

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.

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?

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!