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Saturday, September 11th, 2010

The Chicago actors Barbara Robertson and Gene Weygandt are rejoining the cast of “Wicked” when the touring production of show arrives in Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre later this fall for its 8-week reprise engagement.

Barbara Robertson and Gene Weygandt are rejoining the cast of Wicked in Chicago

Barbara Robertson and Gene Weygandt are rejoining the cast of Wicked in Chicago


Weygandt, who plays the Wizard, joins the cast in Boston this month and will stay with the show through the end of the Chicago run.

Robertson, who plays Madame Morrible, will just be in the show for the Chicago engagement. “It’ll be a homecoming,” said producer David Stone on Wednesday morning.

The lead roles in the tour are played by Jackie Burns (Elphaba) and Chandra Lee Schwartz (Glinda). “Wicked” arrives at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Dec. 1 and is slated to run through Jan. 23. Tickets go on sale Sept. 15; $30-$100. Buy Chicago Wicked Tickets before they go on sale.

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Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Gene Weygandt, who created the role of The Wizard in the Chicago production of Wicked, will join the cast of the first North American tour of that hit musical Sept. 14 in Boston, MA.

Gene Weygandt Joining Wicked Tour in Boston, starting Sept. 14

Gene Weygandt Joining Wicked Tour in Boston, starting Sept. 14


Weygandt, as The Wizard will join a cast that includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Chandra Lee Schwartz as Glinda and Randy Danson as Madame Morrible.

Weygandt, a Wicked veteran, has previously played The Wizard in Chicago and on Broadway. On Broadway, he created the role of Paul in big: The Musical and is a three-time recipient of Chicago’s Jefferson Award. Mr. Weygandt’s many film and TV credits include: The Birdcage, The Babe, “The Beast,” “Cybill,” “Home Improvement,” “Murphy Brown,” “Drew Carey,” “Ellen,” “Coach” and “USA High.”

The company also features Richard H. Blake (Fiyero), Justin Brill (Boq), Michelle London (Nessarose), Steven Skybell (Dr. Dillamond), and Mariand Torres (Standby for Elphaba) with Penelope Armstead-Williams, Terra Lynn Arrington, Aaron De Jesus, Emily Ferranti, Luis Augusto Figueroa, Dominic Giudici, Napoleon W. Gladney, Spencer Jones, Renee Lawless-Orsini, Philip Dean Lightstone, Kourtni Lind, Marissa Lupp, Sterling Masters, Kevin McMahon, Christopher Russo, Adam Sanford, Carla Stickler, Brandon Tyler, Shanna VanDerwerker, Bud Weber, Betsy Werbel, Sunny L. Yokoyama, Lauren Ashley Zakrin and Jared Zirilli.

The Boston engagement of Wicked is currently running through Oct. 17 at the Boston Opera House. Buy your Wicked Boston MA Tickets now!

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Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Witchy tale wows crowd at Boston Opera House. Jackie Burns and Chandra Lee Schwartz are Amazing in Wicked at the Boston Opera House.

Jackie Burns as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, and Chandra Lee Schwartz as Galinda, in “Wicked,’’ at the Boston Opera House

Jackie Burns as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch, and Chandra Lee Schwartz as Galinda, in “Wicked,’’ at the Boston Opera House

By now, seven years into the “Wicked’’ phenomenon, it is clear that this revisionist take on “The Wizard of Oz,’’ one of the most potent myths of the 20th century, has established a pretty potent 21st-century myth of its own.

Boston Opera House is full with the response of the largely female audience to “Wicked’’. While it’s an uneven production, the reality is that each iteration of this musical rises or falls on the strength of its Elphaba, a.k.a. the Wicked Witch — and in Jackie Burns, this “Wicked’’ boasts an Elphaba who could go broom to broom against Idina Menzel herself. Whether she is belting out a truly stunning version of “Defying Gravity’’ to close the first act or cracking your heart by confessing, brokenly, that “I’m Not That Girl,’’ Burns brings a richness of emotional coloration to the role of the green-skinned outcast who discovers that she has supernatural powers. The rest of the cast does not match Burns’s level of radiant intensity, and there are some dead spots between the musical numbers.

Chandra Lee Schwartz plays the other key role, Glinda as a kind of cross between Reese Witherspoon’s Elle in “Legally Blonde’’ and Teri Garr’s Inga in Mel Brooks’s “Young Frankenstein.’’ Luckily for this “Wicked,’’ Jackie Burns retains full possession of her powers of song, from start to finish.

Wicked is performing at Boston Opera House in Boston, MA Through Oct. 17. Tickets $38-$108

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