Clarke Joins Cast of Broadway’s ALLEGIANCE

Katie Rose Clarke

Katie Rose Clarke

Katie Rose Clarke (former Glinda – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) will take on the role of ‘Hannah’ in the upcoming Broadway musical ALLEGIANCE. Clarke joins the previously announce George Takei, Lea Salonga, and Telly Leung (former Boq – Chicago).  ALLEGIANCE is directed by Stafford Arima with a book by Marc Acito and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Inspired by Takei’s true childhood experience, “ALLEGIANCE tells the epic multi-generational tale of deep family loyalty, romance, humor, optimism and unparalleled heroism in the face of fear and prejudice against Japanese-Americans during World War II and beyond.”

ALLEGIANCE will begin previews on October 6, 2015 with opening night set for November 8, 2015 at Longacre Theatre.

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Nessa’s Niblets: May 18, 2015

Nicole Parker

Nicole Parker

Nicole Parker (former Elphaba – 1st Natl. Tour, Broadway) was on the sketch comedy show “MADtv” from 2003-2009.

Norbert Leo Butz (Original Fiyero – Broadway) and Alex Brightman (former Boq – Broadway) were both in the original Broadway cast of BIG FISH.

Colin Hanlon (former Fiyero – 1st Natl. Tour) has a recurring role on the popular sitcom “Modern Family”.

 

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Nessa’s Niblets: May 11, 2015

Taylor Trensch

Taylor Trensch

Taylor Trensch (former Boq – Broadway) is currently in the Broadway production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME as Christopher (at certain performances).

Annaleigh Ashford (former Glinda – Chicago, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) was Lauren in the original Broadway cast of KINKY BOOTS, for which she was Tony nominated. Jeanna de Waal (former Glinda – 2nd Natl. Tour) has also played the role of Lauren.

Gene Weygandt (former Wizard – Chicago, 1st Natl. Tour, 2nd Natl. Tour) was in the cast of the short-lived Broadway production of BIG.

 

 

 

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Nessa’s Niblets: May 4, 2015

Richard H. Blake

Richard H. Blake

Richard H. Blake (former Fiyero – Asian Tour, Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) played the part of Glen Guglia in the short-lived Broadway production of THE WEDDING SINGER. Andy Karl (former Fiyero – Broadway) was an understudy for Glen.

Carla Stickler (ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway; former s/b Elphaba, u/s Nessarose, ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour) played the role of Leisl in the Asian Tour of THE SOUND OF MUSIC.

Chris Peluso (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 2nd Natl. Tour, 1st Natl. Tour; former Fiyero – 2nd Natl. Tour) was in the original cast of BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. Daniel Torres (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 2nd Natl. Tour) is currently in the cast as a swing and Barry Mann u/s.

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WICKED Alums Get Tony Nominations

Annaleigh Ashford

Annaleigh Ashford

Today’s Tony nominations included Annaleigh Ashford (former Glinda – Chicago, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play for her work in YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOUAndy Karl (former Fiyero – Broadway) for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his work in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, and Kristin Chenoweth (original Glinda – Broadway, Pre-Broadway) for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical, also for her work in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

Hosted by Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming, the 2015 Tony Awards will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, on Sunday, June 7th on CBS. 

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Nessa’s Niblets: April 27, 2015

Erin Mackey

Erin Mackey

Erin Mackey (former Glinda – Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – Chicago; former swing – 1st Natl. Tour) and Hayley Podschun (former Glinda – 2nd Natl. Tour) were both in the short-lived Broadway production of CHAPLIN.

Marilyn Caskey (former Madame Morrible – 2nd Natl. Tour) has performed the role of Madame Giry in THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

Brynn O’Malley (former Nessarose – 1st Natl. Tour, Broadway) and Katie Webber (former Witch’s Mother, ensemble, u/s Nessarose – Broadway) were both in HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, which just recently closed on Broadway.

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Murin and Donnell to Star in HOLIDAY INN

Patti Murin

Patti Murin

Patti Murin (former Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) and Colin Donnell (former Fiyero – 2nd Natl Tour) have been cast in Irving Berlin’s HOLIDAY INN at the Muny as Linda Mason and Jim Hardy, respectively. Murin reprises the role that she played at Goodspeed Theater last year.  It is directed by Gordon Greenberg and choreographed by Denis Jones with musical direction by James Moore. HOLIDAY INN, based on the 1942 movie of the same name, tells the story of a Connecticut farmhouse transformed into a jubilant nightspot and hotel that is only open on holidays.

HOLIDAY INN is part of the Muny’s exciting 97th summer season and plays July 6 – July 12. For more information, call call (314) 361-1900 or visit muny.org.

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Outer Critics Circle Nominees Include WICKED Alums

 

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

The New York theatre awards season got underway today with the announcement of nominees for the 2014-15 Outer Critics Circle Awards. Several WICKED alumni are among the nominees. Kristin Chenoweth (original Glinda – Broadway, Pre-Broadway) is nominated for Best Actress in a Musical and Andy Karl (former Fiyero – Broadway) is nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for their work in ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. Annaleigh Ashford (former Glinda – Chicago, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Natl. Tour) is nominated for Best Featured Actress in a Play for YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU.

The winners will be announced May 11.

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Nessa’s Niblets: April 13, 2015

Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz (Original Fiyero – Broadway), Aaron Tveit (former Fiyero – Broadway), and Katie Webber (former Witch’s Mother, ensemble, u/s Nessarose – Broadway) were in the original Broadway cast of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.

Laura Bell Bundy (former s/b Glinda – Original Broadway Cast) had a recurring role on the popular sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”.

Mandy Gonzalez (former Elphaba – Broadway) and Robin De Jesus (Boq – Broadway) were both in the original Broadway cast of IN THE HEIGHTS. 

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WICKED Alums Set for Broadway Sings Tori

Kyle Dean Massey

Kyle Dean Massey

Broadway Sings Tori, a one-night concert benefiting RAINN, will take place on Monday, April 20th at (le) Poisson Rouge. Among the performers set to sing the music of the legendary singer-songwriter Tori Amos are WICKED alums Kyle Dean Massey (former Fiyero – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) and Mandy Gonzalez (former Elphaba – Broadway).  The evening will be emceed by SiriusXM host Julie James with musical direction by Brian Nash.

(le) Poisson Rouge is located at 158 Bleecker Street. Tickets are available at www.broadwaysingstori.com.

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