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Congratulations to Gina Beck and Matt Willis who will be taking over as Glinda and Fiyero respectively in the London production of Wicked! Gina has been seen recently on the West End as Christine in The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Cosette in Les Miserables, whilst Matt is best known from his time in the boyband Busted. His stage experience includes Chuck in the UK tour of Footloose and Nick Hurley in the West End production of Flashdance.
Lillie Flynn will also be joining as Nessarose after performing in Love Story earlier this year, with Adam Pettigrew, who was recently seen in the UK tour of Avenue Q as Princeton/Rod, joining as Boq. Christopher Howell (West End credits include understudy Edna in Hairspray, Rex in Too Close To The Sun, My Fair Lady, The Witches of Eastwick, and Fame) will take over as Doctor Dillamond, and Desmond Barrit (former Wizard – West End) returns as The Wizard after formerly playing the role in the 2008-2009 West End cast.
The new cast will have their first performance on December 12th, 2011. Louise Dearman (Glinda – West End), Mark Evans (current Fiyero, former u/s Fiyero – West End), Zoe Rainey (Nessarose – West End), Ben Stott (Boq – West End), Julian Forsyth (Doctor Dillamond, u/s The Wizard – West End), and Clive Carter (The Wizard – West End), as well as a number of ensemble members, will have their final performance on December 10th, 2011.
Timothy Britten Parker (former Doctor Dillamond – 1NT, Chicago, Los Angeles, Broadway) is the older brother of Sarah Jessica Parker, of “Sex and the City” fame.
Mark Evans (current Fiyero – West End; former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – West End) is best known in the UK for being a finalist in the reality tv show “Eurovision – Your Country Needs You” in 2009, a competition to find the UK’s act for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kerry Ellis (former Elphaba – West End, Broadway; former s/b Elphaba – West End) was a mentor for Rachel Tucker (current Elphaba – West End) and the other prospective Nancys in the 2008 Andrew Lloyd Webber reality tv show “I’d Do Anything”, in an episode where the competitors had to perform “I’m Not That Girl” in the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Ironically, whilst Tucker later went on to perform the role of Elphaba, Ellis replaced Jodie Prenger, the winner of the series, as Nancy in Webber’s “Oliver!” revival!
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!
Four former “Wicked” cast members will be performing the music of Bobby Cronin at a concert in London at the Players Theatre on February 27th. These performers include Ashleigh Gray (former s/b Elphaba, ensemble, u/s Elphaba – West End), Mark Evans (upcoming Fiyero (as of 7th February 2011), former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – West End), Katie Rowley-Jones (former Nessarose – West End), and Jye Frasca (former ensemble, u/s Boq – West End). Also performing will be Hadley Fraser, who has performed in several other West End shows.
For tickets and more information, click here.
This is the same production company that brought Scott Alan’s music to the West End last year with performers Stephanie J. Block (former Elphaba – Broadway, 1st National Tour), Oliver Tompsett (former Fiyero, former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – West End), and Ramin Karimloo (starred in several other West End Shows). As a bonus, they’ve released exclusive clips from last year’s concert, which can be found by visiting our source, BroadwayWorld.
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!