WICKED Alums Join Drury Lane’s CHICAGO

Kelly Felthous

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.


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Levy Joins Murin in FROZEN

Caissie Levy

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.


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Nessa’s Niblets: February 27, 2017

Jessica Vosk

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.

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Media: WICKED in Tampa

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

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Menzel to Embark on World Tour

Idina Menzel

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.


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WICKED Alums to Sing the Songs of NASHVILLE

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/.


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Leung to Take on Title Role in ALADDIN

Telly Leung

Telly Leung

Telly Leung (former Boq – Chicago) will take over the title role in Broadway’s ALADDIN, replacing Adam Jacobs. The date for Leung’s debut has not been set.

Most recently, Leung departed the Broadway production of IN TRANSIT due to an unexpected family obligation. He also played opposite George Takei in ALLEGIANCE. Leung’s other Broadway credits include GODSPELL and FLOWER DRUM SONG.


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Hanlon to Replace Leung in IN TRANSIT

Colin Hanlon

The producers of IN TRANSIT have announced that Colin Hanlon (former Fiyero – 1st Natl. Tour) will replace Telly Leung (former Boq – Chicago) in the role of Steven in Broadway’s first a capella musical. Leung has departed the production due to an unexpected family obligation. Hanlon begins performances on January 10.


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Kathy Fitzgerald

Kathy Fitzgerald

Full casting has been announced for the upcoming production of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE IN THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. The cast includes Kathy Fitzgerald (former Madame Morrible – Broadway, 2nd Natl. Tour), F. Michael Haynie (former Boq – Broadway), Michael Wartella (former Boq – Broadway, 2nd Natl. Tour), Kristy Cates (former Elphaba, former s/b Elphaba – Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway), Paul Slade Smith (former Dr. Dillamond – 1st Natl. Tour, San Francisco; former Witch’s Father, u/s Dr. Dillamond, Wizard – 1st Natl. Tour), Amy Quanbeck (former ensemble – 2nd Natl. Tour) and Mikey Winslow (former ensemble, u/s Boq – 1st Natl. Tour).

Directed by Jack O’Brien, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY features music by Marc Shaiman with lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. The book is by David Greigand with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY is set to begin performances on March 28 with an official opening on April 23. Tickets range from $69-$160 and are available at ticketmaster.com.


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WICKED Tour to Welcome Three New Stars

Isabel Keating

Isabel Keating

The WICKED 2nd National Tour will welcome three new stars during its current three week run in East Lansing, Michigan. Isabel Keating will take over the role of Madame Morrible from Wendy Worthington. Ms. Keating was nominated for a Tony and won the Drama Desk Award for playing Judy Garland in  THE BOY FROM OZ. She’s also starred in HAIRSPRAY, ENCHANTED APRIL, SPIDERMAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, and IT’S ONLY A PLAY. Fred Applegate takes over the role of The Wizard from Stuart Zagnit. He previously performed the role on Broadway. Andy Mientus will play the role of Boq, taking over from Sam Seferian. Mr. Mientus is best known for is role as Kyle Bishop on the television show “Smash”.

They join a cast that includes Jessica Vosk as Elphaba, Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Chad Jennings as Dr. Dillamond, Kristen Martin as Nessarose, and Jeremy Woodard as Fiyero. Emily Schultheis is the Elphaba stand-by. The ensemble includes Allison Bailey, Kerry Blanchard, Giovanni Bonaventura, Jillian Butler, Laurel Cannon, Jordan Casanova, Michael Di Liverto, Michael Drolet, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Anthony Festa, Lisa Finegold, Napoleon W. Gladney, Dominic Guidici, Lauren Haughton, Garett Hawe, Kelly Lafarga, Melissa Legaspi, Chase Madigan, Olivia Polci, Anthony Sagaria, Wayne Schroder, Tregoney Shepherd, Ben Susak, Jeremy Thompson, Nyla Watson, Michael Williams, and Justin Wirick.


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