Nessa’s Niblets: October 30, 2012

– Carmen Cusack (former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba – Sydney, Chicago) & Donna Vivino  (s/b Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba, former s/b Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour) have both appeared as Rizzo in productions of GREASE. In the production where Ms. Vivino played Rizzo, Kristine Reese (former Nessarose – 2nd Ntl. Tour, 1st Ntl. Tour; former swing, u/s Nessarose – 1st Ntl. Tour) and Kristy Cates (former Elphaba, former s/b Elphaba–Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba–Broadway) also performed.

– Deedee Magno Hall (former Nessarose – San Francisco, 1st Ntl. Tour) and Cliffton Hall (former Fiyero – 1st Ntl. Tour), who are married and performed together as Nessarose and Fiyero, respectively, met while touring internationally with MISS SAIGON.

– Marcie Dodd (former Elphaba – San Francisco, 2nd Ntl, Tour, Broadway; s/b Elphaba – Los Angeles; principal Nessarose & u/s Elphaba  – Los Angeles; ensemble, u/s Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour) is the only women who has played both Elphaba and Nessarose full time.

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