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West End cast members of WICKED are auctioning customized tote bags and other items in celebration of Wicked Day 2012, which took place on October 31. Proceeds will go to the charities WOODLAND Trust, a tree conservation society, and Magic Cash for Kids, a charity for London children in need.
The items are being sold on Ebay. Items come from cast members including: Gemma Atkins (ensemble, u/s Nessarose; former u/s Elphaba), Keith Bartlett (The Wizard), Gina Beck (Glinda), Oliver Brenin (swing, u/s Dr. Dillamond, Witch’s Father), Sophie Carmen-Jones (former ensemble), Nicholas Collier (former swing, u/s Chistery, Witch’s Father), Nikki Davis-Jones (former s/b Elphaba), Enobong Essien (former ensemble), Lillie Flynn (former Nessarose), Harry Francis (former ensemble, u/s Boq), Christopher Howell (Dr. Dillamond, u/s Wizard; former temporary Wizard), Jacqueline Hughes (swing, u/s Madame Morrible, Midwife), Robert Jones (ensemble), Julie Legrand (former Madame Morrible), Sophie Linder-Lee (swing, u/s Glinda, Witch’s Mother, Midwife), Michelle Pentecost (ensemble, u/s Elphaba), Adam Pettigrew (former Boq), Chloe Taylor (former s/b Glinda; former swing, u/s Glinda), Lindsay Taylor (Witch’s Mother, ensemble), and Oliver Watton (ensemble, u/s Fiyero).
For more information about Wicked Day visit www.wickedthemusical.co.uk/wickedday/.
Louise Dearman has replaced Rachel Tucker as Elphaba.
Ben Freeman has replaced Matt Willis as Fiyero.
Katie Rowley Jones has replaced Lillie Flynn as Nessarose and is also an understudy for Elphaba.
Sam Lupton has replaced Adam Pettigrew as Boq.
Louise Plowright has replaced Julie Legrand as Madame Morrible.
Hayley Gallivan has replaced Nikki Davis-Jones as the standby for Elphaba.
Lucy van Gasse has replaced Chloe Taylor as the standby for Glinda.
Paulo Teixeira is now an understudy for Boq, in addition to performing in the ensemble and playing Chistery.
Stuart Ramsey has replaced Kieran Brown in the ensemble, as the Witch’s Father, and as an understudy for The Wizard and Dr. Dillamond.
Lindsay Taylor and Emma Green have joined the ensemble and will be alternating as the Witch’s Mother, replacing Bonnie Parker.
Ashley Andrews, Alex Louize Bird, Andrew Bryant, Sophie Carmen-Jones, Enobong Essien, Harry Francis, David Rudin, Charlotte Scott, Sam Taylor, Nicholas Collier, Soeli Parry, and Gary Wood have left the company.
Florence Andrews has joined company in the ensemble and as an understudy for Glinda and Nessarose.
Jason Winter has joined the company in the ensemble and as an understudy for Fiyero.
Marc McBride has joined the company in the ensemble and as an understudy for Boq.
William Bozier, Phillip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Stacey McGuire, and Tom Muggeridge have joined the company in the ensemble.
Lauren Brooke and Justin Thomas have joined the company as swings.
Gemma Atkins is no longer an understudy for Elphaba. Ms. Atkins still covers the role of Nessarose.
Freeman, Plowright, Lupton, Gallivan, van Gasse, and Rowley Jones to Join West End Company of WICKED0
Several new cast members will join the West End company of WICKED at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London, beginning October 29, 2012. Ben Freeman (Fiyero), Louise Plowright (Madame Morrible), Sam Lupton (Boq), Hayley Gallivan (Standby for Elphaba), and Lucy van Gasse (Standby for Glinda) will all join the company, along with Katie Rowley Jones (original Nessarose – West End), who returns to the company as Nessarose. The previously mentioned cast members will join a company that includes Louise Dearman (former Glinda – West End) as Elphaba, Gina Beck (Glinda – West End), Keith Bartlett (Wizard – West End), and Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond, u/s Wizard – West End). The ensemble and swings will include Florence Andrews, Gemma Atkins, William Bozier, Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Chlöe Hart, Jacqueline Hughes, Robert Jones, Sophie Linder-Lee, Tania Mathurin, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Tom Muggeridge, Sean Parkins, Michelle Pentecost, Stuart Ramsay, Lindsay Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Justin Thomas, Hannah Toy, Matt Turner, Oliver Watton, and Jason Winter.
- Gemma Atkins (ensemble, u/s Elphaba, u/s Nessarose – West End), Lisa Brescia (former Elphaba – Chicago; former Elphaba s/b – Broadway), Anne Brummel (former Elphaba, former Elphaba s/b – 2nd Ntl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – 2nd Ntl. Tour, Chicago), Merideth Kaye Clark (former s/b Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco; former ensemble, Elphaba u/s – 1st Ntl. Tour), Louise Dearman (former Glinda – West End), Christina DeCicco (former Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour), Maria Eberline (former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway; former ensemble, Elphaba u/s, Nessarose u/s – 1st Ntl. Tour), Laurel Harris (former ensemble, Elphaba u/s, Nessarose u/s), Victoria Matlock (former Elphaba, former Elphaba s/b – 1st Ntl. Tour), Julia Murney (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour), and Desi Oakley (universal swing, u/s Midwife) have all either performed or covered the role of Eva Peron in “Evita.”
- P.J. Benjamin (Wizard – 1st Ntl. Tour; former Wizard – Broadway), Cristy Candler (former Nessarose – 1st Ntl. Tour, Broadway; former ensemble, Witch’s Mother, Nessarose u/s – Broadway, Pre-Broadway), Taye Diggs (former Fiyero – Broadway), Joel Grey (former Wizard – Broadway), Lisa Leguillou (Assistant Director for “Wicked”), Tom McGowan (former Wizard – Broadway, 2nd Ntl. Tour, San Francisco), and Angel Reda(former ensemble, Elphaba u/s – San Francisco, Los Angeles) have all performed in the current Broadway revival of “Chicago.”
- Jillian Kates (ensemble, u/s Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour), Corey Mach (ensemble, u/s Fiyero – 1st Ntl. Tour), Cassie Okenka (ensemble, u/s Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour), and Libby Servais (former swing, u/s Glinda – Broadway; former s/b Glinda – San Francisco; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – 2nd Ntl. Tour) are all graduates of Baldwin-Wallace College’s musical theatre program.
Alli Mauzey (Glinda – 1NT; former Glinda – San Francisco, Broadway; former s/b Glinda – Broadway) appeared on Cupcake Wars as the guest judge in the “Wicked” episode.
Stevie Tate-Bauer (former u/s Nessarose, u/s Elphaba), 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), Eden Espinosa (Elphaba – San Francisco; former Elphaba – Los Angeles, Broadway, 1NT; original s/b Elphaba – Broadway; former u/s Nessarose – Broadway), Shoshana Bean (former Elphaba – 1NT, Broadway; former s/b Elphaba, u/s Nessarose – Broadway), Carla Stickler (s/b Elphaba – 1NT; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – 1NT), Jenna Leigh Green (former Nessarose – Los Angeles, Broadway, 1NT; former u/s Elphaba – 1NT), Gemma Atkins (ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Nessarose – West End), Laurel Harris (former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – 2nd Ntl. Tour), Gretel Scarlett (ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – Singapore; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – Australian Tour), Jennifer DiNoia (former s/b Elphaba – Broadway; former s/b Elphaba, swing, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – Chicago), Maria Eberline (former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba, Nessarose – 1st Ntl. Tour), and Chelsea Kromach (former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway; former swing, u/s Nessarose – 1st Ntl. Tour) have each performed as both Elphaba and Nessa in “Wicked.”
Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former s/b Elphaba – West End) and Idina Menzel (original Elphaba – pre-Broadway, Broadway, West End) are the only two people who have played Elphaba both on Broadway and in the West End.
Check out this video of Gemma Atkins (ensemble, u/s Elphaba – West End) singing “The Wizard and I” at Magic Summer Live on July 17, 2011. Credit for the video goes to WhenTheNightisOver on YouTube, and it is embedded below for your convenience.
Last night was the final performance for a number of cast members of the London production of Wicked, in its annual cast change; principal cast members who departed were Lee Mead (Fiyero), Cassie Compton (Nessarose), and George Ure (Boq; former ensemble, u/s Boq). Replacing them are Mark Evans as Fiyero, who was previously a member of the ensemble and understudy to Fiyero in the 2007-2008 cast, Ben Stott as Boq, who was recently seen as ‘Jack’ in Into The Woods in Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre last summer, and Zoë Rainey as Nessarose, who has appeared as ‘Amber Von Tussle’ in the London production of Hairspray.
Also departing the cast are a number of ensemble; Lewis Bradley (1st u/s Fiyero; former Fiyero), Lauren James-Ray (2nd u/s Nessarose), Matt Krzan, Danny Mac (1st u/s Boq), Lucy Newton (swing, u/s Glinda), Stevie Tate-Bauer (1st u/s Nessarose, u/s Elphaba), Jack Wilcox, and Sam Wilmott (Chistery). Replacing them are Gemma Atkins (u/s Nessarose, u/s Elphaba), Andrew Bryant (u/s Boq), Nicholas Collier, Antony Hansen (u/s Fiyero), Jacqueline Hughes, Charlotte Scott (u/s Nessarose), Sam Taylor, and Matt Turner.
The cast change also brings about some changes within the remaining cast members; current cast member Jennifer Tierney (2nd u/s Madame Morrible) will be assuming the role of an additional Elphaba understudy, and cast member Thomas Sutcliffe will be promoted to first understudy for the role of Boq, after serving as second understudy for the past year; Daniel Jones will also be assuming the role of Chistery.
Chloe Taylor (former swing, u/s Glinda) also returns to the cast as the standby for Glinda, after the departure of Sarah Earnshaw (standby Glinda; former ensemble, u/s Glinda) in early January to join the cast of the Jekyll and Hyde UK tour; she was the last remaining member of the Original London Cast of Wicked, spending four and a half years with the show.
The new cast have their first performance tomorrow evening, Monday 7th February 2011, and are contracted until December 2011; all of us at the blog give them our best wishes!
We have obtained some information about understudies in the upcoming 2011 West Cast of “Wicked”, set to begin on February 7, 2011.
Gemma Atkins will be covering Elphaba and Nessarose.
Jennifer Tierney (current ensemble, u/s Morrible – West End) will also be covering Elphaba.
Anthony Hansen will be covering Fiyero.
Andrew Bryant will be covering Boq.