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Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former s/b Elphaba – West End) and Lee Mead (former Fiyero – West End) will perform in the upcoming theatrical concert concert, THE WEST END MEN at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. This concert will begin performances May 25 and is booking dates through June 22, with an official opening on June 3. Mr. Mead will perform at all the performances, but Ms. Ellis will be a special guest star at selected performances.
For tickets and more information, please visit nimaxtheatres.com.
Lee Mead (former Fiyero – West End) will be joining the West End cast of “Legally Blonde” in the role of Emmett Forrest in mid-June. Mr. Mead played Fiyero for eleven months on the West End, ending in February 2011.
The West End production of “Legally Blonde” has been much more successful thus far than the American production, winning the Olivier award (the West End equivalent of a Tony) for Best Musical recently.
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!
The West End production of “Wicked” has officially announced its new cast members, who begin on February 7, 2011.
Mark Evans (former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – West End) returns to take over the role of Fiyero, replacing Lee Mead.
Zoë Rainey joins the company as Nessarose, replacing Cassandra Compton.
Ben Stott joins the company as Boq, replacing George Ure.
In addition, Chloe Taylor (former swing, u/s Glinda – West End) returns as the standby for Glinda, replacing Sarah Earnshaw. It is worth noting that Ms. Earnshaw will be the final member of the Original West End Company of “Wicked” to depart – from September 27, 2006, when the company opened, to July 16, 2007, she was in the ensemble and covered Glinda and Nessarose. On July 16, 2007 she became the standby for Glinda and has served in that position ever since, and will have done so for over three and a half years when she departs on February 5, 2011.
In addition, the new ensemble is listed in the article we referenced as our source.
Congratulations to the new cast members!
Check out these two videos of the Wicked London cast performing at Wicked Day in St. Pancras Station on the 31st October 2010! The first video features Rachel Tucker (Elphaba – West End) and Louise Dearman (Glinda – West End) performing ‘For Good’, and is courtesy of YouTube user IGoByBubble, whilst the second is of Lee Mead (Fiyero – West End) performing ‘More Than Words’ and is courtesy of YouTube user MollzAP. Both videos are embedded below for your convenience.
Check out this video of Rachel Tucker (Elphaba – West End) and Lee Mead (Fiyero – West End) performing ‘As Long As You’re Mine’ on The Michael Ball Show on the 20th September 2010. Credit goes to YouTube user unidan82 for the video, which is embedded below for your convenience.
Congratulations to the London production of Wicked, who have been nominated for ‘Best Long Running West End Show’ in the the first annual BroadwayWorld UK Awards! Several of the current cast have also been nominated for their performances in the show; both Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) and Louise Dearman (Glinda) have been nominated for ‘Best Leading Actress in a Musical’, and Lee Mead (Fiyero) has been nominated for ‘Best Leading Actor in a Musical’. Clive Carter (The Wizard) has been nominated for ‘Best Featured Actor in a Musical’.
A number of Wicked alumni have also been nominated for their performances in other shows. Dianne Pilkington (former Glinda – West End; former standby Glinda – West End) has been nominated for ‘Best Leading Actress in a Play’ for her performance as Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret in ‘The 39 Steps’; Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former standby Elphaba – West End) has been nominated for ‘Best Leading Actress in a Musical’ for her performance as Nancy in ‘Oliver!’; Katie Rowley Jones (former Nessarose – West End) has been nominated for ‘Best Featured Actress in a Musical’ for her performance as Sister Mary Robert in ‘Sister Act’, up against Caissie Levy (former Elphaba – Los Angeles; former standby Elphaba – Los Angeles; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Broadway) in the same category for her performance as Sheila in ‘Hair’; and Shoshana Bean (former Elphaba – Broadway, First National Tour; former standby Elphaba – Broadway) has been nominated for ‘Theatrical Event of the Year’ for her concert ‘Shoshana Bean – Live In The West End’ last month.
You can show your support and vote in the awards here. Voting closes in mid-November, and the results will be announced shortly afterwards.
This Friday, the 27th August 2010, current and former members of the Wicked London cast will be participating in a charity football match against the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour in order to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. The event will occur at Westway Sports Centre in London (nearest Tube station is Latimer Road, Hammersmith and City Line), with kick-off at 12:00pm. The event is free to enter, although there will be a donation bucket for the charity at the venue. Donations can also be made here.
The team will comprise of Lee Mead (Fiyero), Gareth Chart (ensemble, u/s The Wizard and Dr. Dillamond), Daniel Jones (ensemble), Tommy Sherlock (ensemble, u/s Fiyero and Dr. Dillamond), Niall Sheehy (swing, u/s Dr. Dillamond), Jack Wilcox (ensemble), Danny Mac (ensemble, u/s Boq), and David Stoller (former Dr. Dillamond, u/s The Wizard; former ensemble, u/s Dr. Dillamond and The Wizard).
Check out this video of the cast of Wicked London on Tonight’s The Night, a British television show in which John Barrowman makes people’s dreams come true. Louise Dearman (Glinda – West End), Rachel Tucker (Elphaba – West End), and Lee Mead (Fiyero – West End) help a pair of twins from Wales achieve their dream of singing For Good in memory of their friend, as well as taking them backstage. Credit goes to YouTube user fluffy1309 for the video, which is embedded below for your convenience.
The new cast of “Wicked” in London, beginning from March 29, 2010, has been officially announced. The leads are:
Rachel Tucker (Elphaba), Louise Dearman (Glinda), Lewis Bradley (Fiyero; March 29-May 8/ Lee Mead (Fiyero; as of May 10); Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), George Ure (Boq), Julian Forsyth (Dr. Dillamond).
The standby for Elphaba will be Nikki Davis-Jones and the standby for Glinda will be Sarah Earnshaw, the only principal cast member remaining with the company.
Lee Mead is the winner of the West End Television Series “Any Dream will Do”, a televised casting search for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”.
The ensemble cast for this new cast change will include:
Alex Louize Bird, Gareth Chart, Joe Colasanti, Emma Green, Lauren James Ray, Shirley Jameson, Daniel Jones, Jasmine Kerr, Matt Krzan, Sophie Linder-Lee, Danny Mac, Lucy Newton, Sauri Oda, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, Paul Saunders, Niall Sheehy, Tommy Sherlock, Thomas Sutcliffe, Jennifer Tierney, Hannah Toy, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jack Wilcox and Sam Wilmott