On Monday, November 2, 2009, Jennifer DiNoia, standby for Elphaba on Broadway (previously u/s and s/b Elphaba in Wicked: Chicago) got on a plane to Sydney to join the Australian cast of Wicked as standby to Jemma Rix. As is well known, lead Amanda Harrison has been rather ill as of late and has not performed very often, playing her latest performance in mid-October. Zoe Gertz, understudy for Elphaba in Australia, is also known to be leaving on a honeymoon in the near future.
As of now, Miss DiNoia will be staying with the production for six weeks, which puts her in Australia until December 13, 2009. Julie Reiber, former standby for Elphaba on Broadway and Los Angeles, has stated that she will be taking Miss DiNoia’s spot on Broadway until December 20, 2009.
Best wishes go out to all of the leading ladies for their hard work and especially to Ms. Harrison for a speedy recovery!
PHOTO: Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba