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Patrice Tipoki (Elphaba – Sydney; former s/b Elphaba – Sydney; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Melbourne) and Renee Armstrong (former ensemble – Melbourne, Sydney) performed together in the pop group “Girlband.”
Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former s/b Elphaba – West End), Amanda Harrison (former Elphaba – Melbourne, Sydney), Rachel Tucker (Elphaba – West End), Patrice Tipoki (Elphaba – Sydney; former s/b Elphaba – Sydney; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Melbourne), Marcie Dodd (former Elphaba – 2NT, Broadway; Elphaba s/b – Los Angeles; principal Nessarose & Elphaba u/s – Los Angeles; Elphaba u/s & Nessraose u/s – 1NT), Jennifer DiNoia (former s/b Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba s/b – Sydney, former Elphaba s/b Chicago, former swing, Elphaba u/s, Nessarose u/s – Chicago), and Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba – Holland; former Elphaba – Stuttgart, Oberhausen) were all in the musical “We Will Rock You.”
In the first season of the television series SMASH, Norbert Leo Butz (Fiyero – Original Broadway Cast) made a cameo appearance. Additionally, his wife, Michelle Federer (Nessarose – Original Broadway Cast) made several guest appearances on the show. Annaleigh Ashford (former Glinda – Chicago, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1NT) guest-starred in one episode. Manuel Herrera (Chistery – Original Broadway Cast; former ensemble – Broadway) and Katie Webber (former ensemble, u/s Nessarose – Broadway) appearance as dancers in several episodes. Megan Hilty (former Glinda – Los Angeles, 1NT, Broadway; former s/b Glinda – Broadway) had one of the starring roles and Phillip Spaeth (former Asst. Dance Captain, swing u/s Chistery – Los Angeles; former swing, u/s Chistery – San Francisco) had a recurring role.
Amanda Harrison (former Elphaba – Melbourne, Sydney) is currently playing the role of “Paula Pokrifki” in the Sydney, Australia production of a new musical, AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMEN. Check out this media from the show!
This video is a commercial for the musical, posted by YouTube user officergentleman.
This performance is from the Sydney television program, THE MORNING SHOW. Amanda Harrison and Ben Mingay sing “Up Where We Belong”. The video was posted by YouTube user kaybells.
For tickets and more information about the show, please visit anofficerandagentleman.com.au.
Gene Weygandt (former Wizard – Chicago, 1Ntl. Tour) starred as Dan in “Snapshots: a Musical Scrapbook,” a musical containing nearly thirty songs from shows composed by Stephen Schwartz.
Dee Roscioli (former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour, Broadway, Chicago; former s/b Elphaba – Chicago, San Francisco), Stephanie J. Block (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour; former ensemble & u/s Elphaba – pre-Broadway), and Dianne Pilkington (former Glinda – West End; former s/b Glinda – West End) performed the role of of Grizabella in “Cats the Musical.”
Prior to performing together in “Wicked,” Amanda Harrison (former Elphaba – Melbourne and Sydney) and Lucy Durack (former Glinda – Australian National Tour, Sydney, Melbourne) appeared together in the musical “Oklahoma!”
According to this article, Amanda Harrison (former Elphaba – Melbourne and Sydney) has officially left “Wicked” in an effort to protect her voice. As many fans know, Ms. Harrison had to take quite a bit of time off due to the demands of the role and the role of Elphaba is now being shared by Jemma Stevenson (former s/b for Elphaba – Melbourne, Sydney) and Pippa Grandison (Elphaba – Sydney).
The producers of Sydney’s production of “Wicked” have finally updated us on the cast situation – or as many have named it, the 2009 Australian Elphaba Crisis. Jemma Rix (standby for Elphaba) and Pippa Grandison (temporary Elphaba) will be sharing the role for January and February with Patrice Tipoki (former understudy) as standby for Elphaba. Amanda Harrison is apparently set to return.
We’ll keep you updated on this as more news arrives.
This link, posted by the official website of “Wicked”, has some behind the scenes interviews with Amanda Harrison (Elphaba) and Lucy Durack (Glinda) from when “Wicked” was in Melbourne. It also features a full video of Ms. Harrison singing the ending of “The Wizard and I” (quite well, I might add). It was aired on Channel 7 in Australia last year. Check it out!
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