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.

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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

Yvonne Coldeweijer new Glinda on Dutch production of WICKED


Yvonne Coldeweijer will make her debut appearance on stage in the role of Glinda, on the Dutch production of WICKED. Ms. Coldewiejer -AKA as “Keet” – will replace Chantal Janzen in the role starting August 31.

She will star opposite Willemijn Verkaik who recently played her 1000th show as the greenified Elphaba.

via Parool.nl

WICKED at West End Live 2012 [Videos]


Wicked will performed on Saturday, 23rd June at the West End Live show 2012. Below are the audience-recorded videos of the performances.

‘As Long As You’re Mine’ – Rachel Tucker & Matt Willis
‘For Good’ – Rachel Tucker & Gina Beck

‘Defying Gravity’ – Rachel Tucker

 

via YT user BabyDragon3

Lucy Durack heading to Legally Blonde


After months -and years- of rumors Lucy Durack (@lucydurack) has finally announced she has changed her WICKED bubble for yet another pink and shinny ball gown: Lucy will be Australia’s new Elle Woods in the local production of Legally Blonde.

She will be starring alongside other former WICKED fellows, Rob Mills as Warner and David Harris as Emmett. Also staring, Erika Heynatz as Brooke and Cameron Daddo as Professor Callahan.

Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with Australia’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

Legally Blonde premieres at the Sydney Lyric from October 5, 2012.

via Au TimeOut