Posts tagged Tom Flynn
John Schiappa has replaced Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond.
Lindsay K. Northen has left the company. Amanda Rose will temporarily be performing in her track, but will not be covering Glinda.
1st National Tour
Jesse JP Johnson has replaced Justin Brill as Boq.
Nirine S. Brown has replaced Adea Michelle Sessoms in the ensemble.
Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald is now an understudy for the Witch’s Father, in addition to performing in the ensemble and understudying Fiyero.
2nd National Tour
Jennifer DiNoia has replaced Christine Dwyer as Elphaba.
Hayley Podschun has replaced Jeanna de Waal as Glinda.
David Nathan Perlow has replaced Billy Harrigan Tighe as Fiyero.
Jenny Fellner has temporarily replaced Zarah Mahler as Nessarose.
Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond – Broadway; former Dr. Dillamond – 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco) played the role of Magaldi on the 20th anniversary US tour of EVITA.
George Hearn (former Wizard – Broadway) played Oliver Warbucks in the 1995 television movie Annie: A Royal Adventure.
Tiffany Haas (former Glinda, former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose, former swing, u/s Nessarose - 2nd Ntl. Tour, Broadway) was crowned Miss Ohio in 2002.
Check out this video from Broadway.com hosted by Kyle Dean Massey (Fiyero – Broadway) taking us behind-the-scenes of the Broadway production of WICKED. Also appearing in the video are Etai BenShlomo (Boq), Jackie Burns (Elphaba), Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond), Jonathan McGill (ensemble), Eddie Pendergraft (ensemble, u/s Boq) and Mark Shunkey (Chistery).
- Erin Mackey (former Glinda – Broadway, Los Angeles, Chicago; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – Chicago; former swing – 1st Ntl. Tour) did not understudy Glinda on the 1st National Tour – she was only a swing in that production before moving to the Chicago production and understudying Glinda. This also happened to Natalie Daradich (Glinda -2nd Ntl. Tour; former s/b Glinda – San Francisco, Los Angeles; former swing, ensemble, u/s Nessarose – Los Angeles), Emily Ferranti (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, u/s Nessarose, swing – 1st Ntl. Tour), and Lesley McKinnell (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, Nessarose – 2nd Ntl. Tour; former swing, u/s Nessarose – 1st Ntl. Tour), all three of whom originally understudied Nessarose in their given company but not Glinda until later.
- Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond – Broadway; former Dr. Dillamond – 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco) and Jody Gelb (Madame Morrible – 2nd Ntl. Tour; former Madame Morrible – San Francisco) previously worked together on Broadway, both in the ensemble of “The Who’s Tommy” in 1993. Lisa Leguillou, the assistant director of “Wicked”, was also in the ensemble of the production.
- Five “Wicked” Broadway alumni made their Broadway debut in the musical “Footloose” – Jennifer Laura Thompson (former Glinda – Broadway), Kathy Deitch (former ensemble, u/s Madame Morrible – Broadway), Kristen Leigh Gorski (Witch’s Mother/Ensemble – Broadway; former swing, u/s Witch’s Mother – Broadway), Lori Holmes (former Witch’s Mother/Ensemble – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour; former swing, u/s Witch’s Mother – 1st Ntl. Tour), and Ben Cameron (former ensemble, u/s Witch’s Father – Broadway)
Congratulations to Etai BenShlomo (former Boq – San Francisco, 1st National Tour) and Tom Flynn (former Dr. Dillamond – 1st National Tour, San Francisco) who will be joining the Broadway company of “Wicked” on Tuesday as Boq and Dr. Dillamond, respectively. They replace Alex Brightman and Timothy Britten Parker, both of whom depart the production tomorrow (Sunday).
Michael DeVries has re-joined the production as the Witch’s Father/Ozian Official & u/s Wizard/Dr. Dillamond. Eric Jon Mahlum, who temporarily replaced Mr. DeVries, has left the production.
Ryan Patrick Kelly (former swing) has left the production.
1st National Tour
Tom Flynn (former Dr. Dillamond – 1NT, San Francisco) has left the production. Steven Skybell (former Dr. Dillamond – San Francisco, Broadway, Chicago) replaces Mr. Flynn
2nd National Tour
Michelle London (former ensemble, u/s Glinda, Nessarose – 2NT; former ensemble, u/s Glinda – Chicago) has left the production. Rachel Potter, who appeared on MTV’s “Legally Blonde – The Musical: The Search For The Next Elle Woods”, replaces Ms. London in the ensemble and as the new Glinda understudy. Ensemble member Lesley McKinnell (former swing, u/s Nessaorse, Midwife – 1NT) now understudies Nessarose on the second tour in addition to understudying Glinda.
Today, we are thrilled to host an exclusive interview with Tom Flynn. Mr. Flynn is currently performing the role of Dr. Dillamond on the 1st National Tour of “Wicked”, a role which he also portrayed in the Los Angeles and San Francisco Production. Prior to this, he has also performed in several other shows, including “Juan Darién” and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway. Check out the interview below!
What was your first professional acting job, and how did you land it?
Right out of college, a director I had worked with cast me in an equity production of “Fiddler on the Roof” in Southern California, which lasted for 7 months. It was quite a shot right out of the gate.
What is your favorite role you’ve ever played?
Mr. Gatch in the Broadway production of “How to Succeed..” That was an incredibly fun time and fun company. Matthew Broderick was a dream to play with. Other great role was playing opposite Chita Rivera in a straight play called “Venecia,” which Arthur Laurents directed. AHHH-Mazing experience to work with both of those legends.
How did you come to audition for “Wicked” and what was the audition process like?
I saw they were casting the replacement for the tour so I wrote the casting director and also contacted my agent. I think I had a total of 4 auditions over the course of 2 months. The final audition was very high pressure with 12 creatives in the room including Joe, Stephen S., Wayne C. et al.
How long and how difficult was the initial rehearsal process for the show?
Only 2 weeks and not stressful at all.
What was your first show like? How were you feeling throughout the show – nervous, excited, scared?
I was THRILLED to be a part of Wicked and so excited and full of gratitude and high emotions on my first night. I have been in the business such a long time that I truly understand the fortune to be given a role like this in one of the biggest hits ever. I continue to love my job more than anything!
What is your favorite part of the show to perform?
The Classroom scene. Particularly when I alert Elphaba to the dangers in OZ. It really starts her on her journey of discovery.
What was it like to change productions of this show? Do you think it changed your performance any?
It keeps me fresh. Each company is so different and the LA company was slightly different than the San Francisco company. I am grateful for the California experience but I am infinitely happier being back on the road. It just suits my lifestyle better.
Do you have any onstage bloopers or mishaps you’ve been involved in or witnessed you’d like to share?
Early on in my Wicked tenure, I went up on my lines and panicked and had no idea what to say or do. This was during the tenure of Victoria Matlock and Christina DeCicco. No one was able to bail me out, so after what seemed like a couple of minutes (in reality, maybe 3 seconds) I screamed, “Class Dismissed.” Unfortunately, the chalkboard hadn’t been flipped yet or anything, so the audience probably had no clue what to think
Are there any dream roles you’d like to play one day?
Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Hook in “Peter Pan.” Also currently, I would love to play Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins and the Father in “Billy Elliott.”
What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
Study, learn about life, all of life, not just acting. Know about art and philosophy and science and economics and math et al. The more you know, the better an actor you are. Get a degree at a University so if the business doesn’t work out for you, you have something to fall back on. Don’t be delusional. If after 2,3, 5 years at the most you haven’t gotten anywhere, haven’t gotten a professional job, aren’t making real headway and progress at making a living in this business…MOVE ON! You will be much happier.
Tom Flynn has replaced Paul Slade Smith as Dr. Dillamond in the 1st National Touring Production of “Wicked”. Tom has previously performed as Dr. Dillamond on the 1st National Tour and in the San Francisco production of the show.
Emily Ferranti has replaced Lesley McKinnell as a swing and understudy for Nessarose and the midwife. Ms. McKinell has joined the 2nd National Touring Company as a member of the ensemble and understudy for Glinda. Click here to view a video of Emily Ferranti singing “Don’t Rain on My Parade” at Boston Conservatory.
According to a reliable poster on WitchesofOz, Paul Slade Smith (Dr. Dillamond – 1st Ntl. Tour) and Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond – San Francisco) are set to switch places soon. We will let you know as soon as anything is returned, but I believe said poster to be very reliable, hence the reason I posted this here.