The 2017 Tony Award Nominations were announced on May 2. Andy Karl (former Fiyero – Broadway) is nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for his work in GROUNDHOG DAY. Jayne Houdyshell (former Madame Morrible – Broadway) is nominated for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2. Stephanie J. Block (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Pre-Broadway) is nominated for Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical for FALSETTOS. Susan Hilferty is nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play for PRESENT LAUGHTER.
Be sure to tune in to the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11 on CBS.
Ginna Claire Mason
The touring company of WICKED will welcome Ginna Claire Mason to the role of Glinda on March 15 in Syracuse, New York. Ms. Mason takes over the role from Amanda Jane Cooper. For the last year, Ms. Mason has been the Glinda stand-by in the Broadway production. Her previous theater credits include the national tours of NEWSIES and FLASHDANCE.
Ms. Mason joins a cast that includes Jessica Vosk as Elphaba, Isabel Keating as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as the Wizard, Jeremy Woodard as Fiyero, Andy Mientus as Boq, Kristen Martin as Nessarose, and Harry Bouvy as Dr. Dillamond.
Check out these articles from the WICKED 2nd National Tour’s stop in Schenectady, NY. WICKED is in Schenectady through March 12.
‘Wicked’ good performances by Cooper, Vosk
The land of Oz returns
Ballston Spa grad to perform in WICKED
Laurel Harris (former Elphaba – 2nd Natl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, u/s Nessarose – 2nd Natl. Tour), Daniel Torres (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 2nd Natl. Tour), and Chris Peluso (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 2nd Ntl. Tour, 1st Natl. Tour; former Fiyero – 2nd Natl. Tour) have all performed in the ensemble of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROL KING MUSICAL.
Marina Lazzaretto (former Witch’s Mother, ensemble – 1st Natl. Tour) and Charlie Sutton (former swing, u/s Chistery – Broadway) were in AN AMERICAN IN PARIS on Broadway. Etai Benson (former Boq – 1st Natl. Tour) and Emily Ferranti (former Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour, 2nd Natl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour; former swing, u/s Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour) are currently in the U.S. tour.
Carrie Manolakos (former s/b Elphaba – San Francisco, 2nd Natl. Tour), Jenny Fellner (former Nessarose – Broadway, 2nd Natl.Tour), and Liana Hunt (former Nessarose – 2nd Natl. Tour) all played the role of Sophie in MAMMA MIA! on Broadway.
Drury Lane Theatre has announced its casting for its new production of CHICAGO. Leading this production will be Kelly Felthous (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose – 2nd Natl. Tour) as Roxie Hart. Justin Brill (former Boq, ensemble, u/s Boq – 1st Natl. Tour) will star as Amos Hart and Jay Reynolds Jr. (former ensemble, u/s Boq – 2nd Natl. Tour) will perform in the ensemble.
This production of CHICAGO has a creative team that includes Kevin Depinet (Scenic Design), Sully Ratke (Costume Design), Lee Fiskness (Lighting Design), Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), Cassy Schillo (Properties Design) and Claire Moores (Wig Design). The Production Stage Manager is Larry Baker.
For tickets or more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.
Caissie Levy (former Elphaba, former s/b Elphaba – Los Angeles; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway) will play the role of Elsa in the spring lab presentation of FROZEN, a role previously played by Betsy Wolfe. She joins Patti Murin (former Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) who will again play the role of Anna, which she created in the workshop last fall.
FROZEN features music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and a book by Jennifer Lee. It’s directed by Michael Grandage with choreography by Christopher Gatelli. Stephen Oremus is the music supervisor. FROZEN is produced by Disney Theatrical Productions and is expected to hit Broadway in 2018.
Jessica Vosk (Elphaba – 2nd Natl. Tour), Teal Wicks (former Elphaba – Broadway, San Francisco, Los Angeles; former s/b Elphaba – Los Angeles), Josh Lamon (former Boq – 1st Natl. Tour), Paul Slade Smith (former Dr. Dillamond – 1st Natl. Tour), and Jonathan Ritter (former swing, u/s Chistery – San Fransisco; former ensemble, Fiyero u/s – Broadway) were in the original cast of FINDING NEVERLAND. Kristy Cates (former Elphaba, former s/b Elphaba – Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway) also performed in this cast.
Richard H. Blake (former Fiyero – Asian Tour, Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) is currently in the cast of A BRONX TALE on Broadway.
Eden Espinosa (former Elphaba – San Francisco, Los Angeles, Broadway; former t/r Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba, u/s Nessarose – Broadway) was in the original Broadway cast of BROOKLYN. Julie Reiber (former s/b Elphaba – Broadway, Los Angeles) was also in this cast.
Amanda Jane Cooper and Jessica Vosk
Check out these articles from the WICKED 2nd National Tour’s stop in Tampa. WICKED flies out of Tampa on February 26.
This production is WICKED slick
Behind the Emerald Curtain (includes interview with Amanda Jane Cooper)
On the Town
Idina Menzel (Elphaba – Original Broadway Cast, Original West End Cast) is set for a world tour, beginning at the end of March in Japan. In addition to cast albums, Ms. Menzel has recorded four solo albums. She was most recently seen on Broadway in IF-THEN, for which she was nominated for a Tony.
For tour dates and more information, visit idinamenzel.com/tour.
Kyle Dean Massey
On January 30, the songs of the hit ABC/CMT show “Nashville” will be performed by a host of Broadway favorites. WICKED alums scheduled to perform are “Nashville” star Kyle Dean Massey (former Fiyero – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour), Jackie Burns (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour), Patti Murin (former Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour), and Ginna Claire Mason (Glinda s/b – Broadway).
Nashville features a soundtrack of original country music songs.
Tickets begin at $35 with a $25 food/drink minimun and can be purchased at https://54below.com/events/tv-54-songs-nashville/.