Cast Update: Broadway, 1st National Tour

Broadway

Lauren Linville has replaced Ioana Alfonso in the ensemble.

1st National Tour

Emma Hunton has replaced Alison Luff as Elphaba.

Jud Williford has replaced Tom Flynn as Doctor Dillamond.

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Andy Karl & Idina Menzel Nominated for Drama League Awards

Andy Karl (former Fiyero – Broadway) and Idina Menzel (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway) have been nominated for Distinguished Performance Awards by the Drama League; Mr. Karl for his work in ROCKY and Ms. Menzel for her work in IF/THEN.

The award ceremony will be held on May 16 at the Marriott Marquis at 11:30 am. Performers are only eligible to receive this award one time during their lives.

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Wicks to Perform at 54 Below

tealOn May 8th, Teal Wicks (former Elphaba – Broadway, San Francisco, Los Angeles; former s/b Elphaba – Los Angeles) will present a night of songs with an acoustic set led by Jasper Grant.  The concert, which begins at 9:30 PM, will feature the works of Janis Joplin, Sarah Vaughan, Van Morrison, Patty Griffin, and others who have inspired Ms. Wicks.

There is a $30-$40 cover charge with an additional $5 at the door.  The food/beverage minimum is $25.  For more information, visit 54below.com.

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Video Footage: Willemijn Verkaik performing “Defying Gravity” at Olivier Awards

For those of you who did not have the opportunity to see the Olivier Awards, here is the amazing video of Willemijn Verkaik (current Elphaba – West End; former Elphaba – Broadway, Scheveningen, Oberhausen, Stuttgart) performing “Defying Gravity” live, outside, and in full costume! Credit for the video goes to youtube user TimeToBlowYourMind.

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de Waal, Gonzalez, Green, Mauzey & Thompson Set for OUTCASTS LIKE US Concert at 54 Below

Jeanna de Waal

Jeanna de Waal (former Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour), Mandy Gonzalez (former Elphaba – Broadway), Jenna Leigh Green (former Nessarose – Los Angeles, Broadway; former Nessarose, u/s Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour), Alli Mauzey (former Glinda – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco; former s/b Glinda – Broadway) and Jennifer Laura Thompson (former Glinda – Broadway) will perform in OUTCASTS LIKE US: MORE SONGS BY MARTIN AND REALBUTO at 54 Below on April 25, at 11 PM.

This concert will feature music from GHOSTLIGHT, a Broadway bound  musical by Tim Realbuto and Matthew Martin and well-known covers. Martin and Realbuto will co-host the event, as well as sing. Tickets are priced $25-$35 and are available at 54Below.com The evening is dedicated to every kid who ever got bullied for being different.

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Rachel Potter to Play Eponine in Studio Tenn’s LES MISÉRABLES

Rachel Potter

Rachel Potter

Rachel Potter (former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour) will play the role of Eponine in Studio Tenn Theatre Company’s upcoming production of LES MISÉRABLES. This production will be presented at the Nashville Symphony Schermerhorn Symphony Center May 3-4. For tickets and more information, visit StudioTenn.com.

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Kate Fahrner Cast as an Understudy in UNDER MY SKIN

Kate Fahrner

Kate Fahrner (former s/b Glinda – Broadway; former t/r Glinda, former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose – Chicago) has been cast as an understudy in the off-Broadway play, UNDER MY SKIN. Ms. Fahrner  will cover the roles of Melody Dent, Casey Dent, Nanette and Victoria, played by Kerry ButlerAllison StrongMegan Sikora (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose – Chicago, Broadway) and Kate Loprest (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose – Chicago). Currently in previews, UNDER MY SKIN will open at the Little Shubert Theatre on May 15. Tickets are currently on sale through July 6.

In UNDER MY SKIN, press notes state, “a twist of fate leads to love and laughs when New York’s most eligible bachelor (Harrison Baddish) and a single, working mother (Melody Dent) hilariously experience each other’s lives and see things from a very different perspective.”

For tickets and more information, visit UnderMySkinThePlay.com.

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Haynie and Brightman Cast in New York Premiere of THANKSKILLING THE MUSICAL

Alex Brightman

Alex Brightman

THANKSKILLING THE MUSICAL will make its New York debut at the first annual Festival of the Offensive. The musical, adapted from the cult horror movie of the same name, will be directed by David Eck (in association with Ashley Kate Adams and AKA Studio Productions) and choreographed by David Rosetti. Musical direction will be provided by Aaron Jodoin. F. Michael Haynie (former Boq – Broadway) and Alex Brightman (former Boq – Broadway) have both been cast in the production.

This Equity approved showcase will have four performances April 29-May 4 at The Producers’ Club. For more information and tickets, visit ThanksKillingTheMusical.com or OffensiveFestival.com.

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Playbill.com CUE & A with Jeanna de Waal

Jeanna de Waal

Jeanna de Waal

Playbill.com recently conducted a CUE & A article with Jeanna de Waal (former Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour), which is an interview in which performers answer a list of short questions about performing.

Click here to read the interview.

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Wicked Alums to Perform at NAMT Songwriters Spotlight

Patti Murin

Patti Murin

The National Alliance for Musical Theatre (NAMT) will highlight the three songwriting teams of Paul Gordon, Barbara Anselmi & Brian Hargrove, and Ben Clark, who have been part of NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals.  As well as the writers themselves, set to perform for the evening are WICKED alums Patti Murin (former Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour) and Corey Mach (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 1st Ntl. Tour).

The concert is on April 28 at 9:30 pm. There is a $25-$35 cover charge with an extra $5 cover charge at the door.  There is also a food/beverage minimum of $25.  For more information, visit 54below.com.

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