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!

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Poll: Do you like Jackie Burns taking over Teal Wicks as the new Elphaba on Broadway?


Jackie Burns and Chandra Lee Schwartz new Wicked Witches on Broadway


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In an unexpected announcement, the Broadway production of Wicked has found its new Elphaba and Glinda: Jackie Burns and Chandra Lee Schwartz.  Previosuly on the show’s first national tour, Burns and Schwartz will join the Broadway company on September 27, replacing Teal Wicks and Katie Rose Clarke, respectively.

Burns and Schwartz will join a company that currently features Richard H. Blake as Fiyero, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, Tom McGowan as The Wizard, Etai BenShlomo as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose and Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond.

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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?

Amanda Jane Cooper to join as Glinda in the First National Tour of Wicked


credit Eric Laurits

The Wicked family announced a new member of their First National Tour production.  Amanda Jane Cooper will take on the role of Glinda, replacing Chandra Lee-Schwartz, beginning performances on April 19 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, at the Broward Center.

Cooper will join a cast that includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as the Wizard.

Cooper’s NY credits include: Letter From Algeria (Abingdon Theatre),BUNKED! A New Musical (Lucille Lortel Theatre/Fringe Encore Series). Other roles include Geraldine Barclay in What the Butler Saw (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre) and Little Red Ridinghood in Into the Woods(CMU). Film credits include “Smart People” and “Homecoming.”