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Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Willemijn Verkaik, is currently performing the role of Elphaba in the Dutch production of Wicked, will make her Broadway debut as Elphaba at the Gershwin Theatre in 2013.

Willemijn Verkaik to Join Wicked Broadway in 2013

Willemijn Verkaik to Join Wicked Broadway in 2013

Willemijn Verkaik will play a 15-week engagement beginning February 12, 2013. She will succeed Jackie Burns, who plays her final performance in New York on February 10, 2013.

“Since opening in 2003, Wicked has truly become a global phenomenon and no one exemplifies the show’s international appeal more than Willemijn,” said producer David Stone in a statement. “As soon as we saw Willemijn’s astonishing debut as Elphaba in 2007, we knew we wanted to bring her to New York one day. Happily, that day has arrived. Her performance has thrilled audiences in two major international markets, and we cannot wait to introduce her to Broadway.”

Verkaik has performed the role of Elphaba in Wicked for over 1,000 performances in both Germany (Stuttgart and Oberhausen) and Holland. She was awarded the Musicalworld Award for her performance in Wicked and also received the 2009 and 2010 Readers’ Choice Best Musical Actress Award from the German magazine Musical.

Verkaik will join a cast that currently includes Alli Mauzey as Glinda, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond and F. Michael Haynie as Boq.

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Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Jackie Burns (Elphaba – Broadway; former Elphaba – 1st Ntl. Tour) talk about some of her favorite things in her Wicked dressing room.

Check out the video by Broadway.com:

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Wicked musical is coming to Seattle WA October 10 to November 17. The popular musical about two very different witches posits them as college roommates before they turn into Glinda the Good Witch and Elphaba the Wicked Witch of the West.

Wicked Paramount Theatre Schedule:
Tuesday to Thursday – 7:30 PM
Friday – 8:00 PM
Saturday – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
No show on Thursday Oct 18.
Additional 2:00 PM show on Thursday, Nov 15

The national tour is bringing a locally-reared ensemble member, Sarah Schenkkan, who also is understudying the role of Glinda and says, in an interview with CultureMob, that she’s gone on as Glinda, now, about a dozen times. Read the interview by Miryam Gordon at CultureMob.

Before we delve into Sarah’s history, you can keep an eye out for her in the ensemble by her costumes. “I have pointy hair in the mob (scene) – my head looks like a triangle, I carry a big green umbrella in Emerald City and I wear a pink beret in the Shiz University scenes,” Sarah reports. Of course, if she gets to go on as Glinda, you won’t have to wonder if you can catch sight of her!

We started off talking about when Sarah moved to Seattle. “I moved to Seattle when I was six. My dad (the acclaimed playwright Robert Schenkkan) was doing The Kentucky Cycle here at the Intiman and that’s why we moved here. I did my first play in elementary school – a play my mom (actress and voice-over artist Mary Anne Dorward) adapted. It was The Little Cloud. I wore a cardboard cloud over my dress and had the best time. I was so excited.”

Sarah was hooked, but that didn’t mean that she was secure in whether she’d be good enough to compete in this very intense business. “I never really knew for sure that I was good enough to do this. I knew I loved it and wanted to do it. That’s where I felt like my heart was invested in and passionate, but I was aware of the business and it was a tough life.

“I did some shows at Broadway Bound and I give Jimmy Nixon (founder) a lot credit for helping believe I had talent and something special. Really encouraging me to think this was something I could do.

“I studied voice in high school with Anne Evans. She taught a lot of local kids. I played soccer my whole life and basketball (but didn’t take many dance classes). I got involved in shows at Roosevelt High School with (drama teacher extraordinaire) Reuben Van Kampen.”

Sarah is following a special trend our fair city is seeing with locally-reared theater talents going to New York and finding their way back here in national touring companies. Ryah Nixon, Jimmy Nixon’s daughter, with ties to Village Theatre and the 5th Avenue (recently starring in Rent) recently participated in the tour of 9 to 5.

“Ryah was a classmate, a bit older, but she was a person that people knew was going to be on Broadway, “ Sarah says. “And she’s doing that. And she always seemed so confident about where she was going.”

Read the complete interview {Via CultureMob}

Wicked musical performances at Paramount Theatre will continue through Saturday November 17, 2012. Buy Wicked Seattle WA Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Wicked Broadway company Welcomes Back Alli Mauzey as Glinda.

Alli Mauzey as Glinda in Wicked

Alli Mauzey as Glinda in Wicked

Beginning performances on Tuesday, October 16th, Alli Mauzey will return to the role of Glinda in the Broadway company of Wicked Musical at the Gershwin Theatre. Chandra Lee Schwartz, who is currently playing the role of Glinda, will play her final performance on Sunday, October 14th. Alli Mauzey returns to the Broadway company of Wicked as Glinda, having previously played the role on Broadway and on National Tour.

Other Cast – On Tuesday, September 25th F. Michael Haynie joined the company, making his Broadway debut in the role of Boq. They join a cast which currently includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Jenny Fellner as Nessarose, and Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond. Etai BenShlomo concluded his run in the role of Boq on Sunday, September 23rd.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked, winner inner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

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Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Dee Roscioli will return to the role of Wicked’s legendary green girl Elphaba in the first national tour of the Tony Award-nominated hit musical Wicked, beginning September 25 in Las Vegas.

Dee Roscioli Returns to Wicked Musical

Dee Roscioli Returns to Wicked Musical in Las Vegas

Roscioli previously played the role of Elphaba on Broadway, in Chicago, in San Francisco and on national touring productions as well. Roscioli made her debut in Wicked Musical in the Chicago sit-down production on January 24, 2006 as the standby for the role of Elphaba, on December 12, 2006 assumed the lead role and continued for two years in the show’s Chicago company. Roscioli made her Broadway debut on July 21, 2009, reprising her role of Elphaba in the New York company of the musical. She played her final performance March 21, 2010 and was succeeded by Mandy Gonzalez. Dee Roscioli reprised the role on the show’s First National U.S. Tour, with performances from June 7, 2011 to October 2, 2011, replacing Jackie Burns.

Dee Roscioli holds the distinction of having played Elphaba in more performances than any other actress. She will return to the First National Tour in Las Vegas on September 25th, replacing Nicole Parker. Roscioli joins principal cast members Patti Murin as Glinda, Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible and Tom McGowan as The Wizard.

The Wicked cast also features Justin Brill (Boq), Clifton Davis (Dr. Dillamond), Cliffton Hall (Fiyero), Demaree Hill (Nessarose), Carla Stickler, Lauren Boyd, Antonette Cohen, Rick Desloge, Luis Augusto Figueroa, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Napoleon W. Gladney, Brenda Hamilton, Courtney Iventosch, Spencer Jones, Trevor Ryan Krahl, Renee Lawless-Orsini, Philip Dean Lightstone, Marissa Lupp, Michael Mahany, Kevin McMahon, Ashley Dawn Mortensen, Cassie Okenka, Christopher Russo, Adea Michelle Sessoms, Sarah Schenkkan, Pamela Shandrow, Ben Susak, Shanna VanDerwerker and Mikey Winslow.

Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Wicked musical performances at The Smith Center run through October 07, 2012. Buy Wicked Las Vegas Nevada Tickets Online at discounted prices, Get $10 OFF on Orders of $350 or more by using code AFF$10.

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Monday, August 27th, 2012

Wicked former Elphaba Vicki Noon (Broadway, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago) has been nominated for a Gregory Award. Ms. Noon has been nominated in the catagory of “Best Supporting Actress” for her role in “First Date”. The Gregory Awards honor theater in Washington state. The Gregory Awards will be presented on October 29.

Wicked Former Elphaba Vicki Noon

Wicked Former Elphaba Vicki Noon

Check the complete nominees {Via GregoryAwards.org}

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Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Patti Murin, Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall are set to join the touring cast of Wicked, beginning in Salt Lake City.

Patti Murin, who played the title role in the Broadway production of Lysistrata Jones, will join the company of the first North American tour of Wicked as Glinda on August 21.

Patti Murin Will Join Wicked as Glinda

Patti Murin Will Join Wicked as Glinda

Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall will begin performances as Madame Morrible and Fiyero, respectively, August 14 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall Join Wicked as Madame Morrible and Fiyero

Kim Zimmer and Cliffton Hall Will Join Wicked

Zimmer is an Emmy Award winner for her work as Reva Shayne on “Guiding Light.” Her regional and Off-Broadway credits include Four Dogs And A Bone; Love, Loss, And What I Wore; Blood Brothers; Gypsy; Sunset Boulevard; Dirty Blonde; Curtains; and Shirley Valentine, among others.

Hall, who has played Fiyero in the San Francisco production of Wicked, has been seen on Broadway in Miss Saigon and Les Miserables.

Patti Murin appeared on Broadway in Lysistrata Jones and Xanadu. Her film and TV credits include Royal Pains.

Murin, Zimmer and Hall join a cast that includes Nicole Parker as Elphaba and PJ Benjamin as The Wizard.

With music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, and tells the untold story of the witches of Oz. The musical is currently playing the Capitol Theatre through August 26, 2012. Buy Wicked Salt Lake City UT Tickets, Get $10 OFF on any Ticket orders of $250 or more, use code SUMMERFUNTN at checkout.

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Wicked second North American tour will welcome Jeanna de Waal as Glinda on Wednesday, June 27 at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, MI.

Jeanna de Waal Joining Wicked as Glinda

Jeanna de Waal Joining Wicked as Glinda


Jeanna de Waal will join a cast that includes Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible and Paul Kreppel as The Wizard.

De Waal will join Wicked in conjunction with the tour’s opening in East Lansing, MI.

The company also features Catherine Charlebois (Nessarose), Timothy Britten Parker (Dr. Dillamond), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Fiyero), Michael Wartella (Boq) and Stephanie Torns (Standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Jane Brockman, Bridie Carroll, Michael Drolet, Anna Eilinsfeld, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Samantha Farrow, Natalie Fotopoulos, Dominic Giudici, Lauren Haughton, Zach Hensler, KJ Hippensteel, Ryan Jackson, Jillian Kates, Becca Kloha, Sterling Masters, Marissa Miller, Dashi’ Mitchell, Robert Pendilla, Casey Quinn, Wayne Schroder and Justin Wirick.

De Waal most recently finished playing the role of Chris Hargensen in the Off-Broadway revival of Carrie. Previous credits include American Idiot (Broadway), We Will Rock You (West End) and The Rocky Horror Show (The Old Globe, San Diego).

Adapted from the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked delves into the back story of the iconic characters from Oz. The hit musical has a score by Schwartz, a book by Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento.

Wicked second North American tour is currently playing at the Schuster Performing Arts Center in Dayton, OH through June 24, 2012. From here Wicked will move to East Lansing MI for the performances to begin at Wharton Center from June 27 and continue through July 08, 2012.

Wicked Wharton Center Schedule:
Tuesday to Thursday – 7:30 PM
Friday – 8:00 PM
Saturday – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sunday – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM

Special Matinee on Thursday, June 28 – 1:30 PM
No show on Wednesday, July 04.

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Monday, May 28th, 2012

Wicked will welcome Keith Bartlett to the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Monday 30 July at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Keith Bartlett Will Join Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre

Keith Bartlett Will Join Wicked at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre

Desmond Barrit will play his final performance as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz on Saturday 7 July. From Monday 9 July until Saturday 28 July, Christopher Howell will play the role.

An acclaimed classical actor, Keith Bartlett will make his West End musical debut in Wicked. He previously starred in Stephen Schwartz’s musical Godspell, as John The Baptist, in Basingstoke in 1998. His many celebrated appearances with the RSC include Henry VI Parts 1, 2 & 3 and Richard III, as part of ‘The Histories’ season at Stratford-upon-Avon and The Roundhouse, The Winter’s Tale, The Tempest and Pericles. His numerous other theatre credits include, for Headlong: Romeo & Juliet; for Shakespeare’s Globe: King James Bible recital and A New World: A Life of Thomas Paine; for the Donmar Warehouse: A Lie of the Mind, The Front Page and Glengarry Glen Ross; for The National Theatre: Mary Stuart, The Crucible, Piano and Murmuring Judges, and, for Cheek by Jowl: Macbeth, Philoctetes, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and The Cid. His television and film appearances include: Silent Witness, New Tricks, The Bill and Truly Madly Deeply.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maquire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and is directed by Joe Mantello.

Wicked, the smash hit West End musical now in its sixth spellbinding year at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, is selling tickets until Saturday 27 April 2013. Buy Wicked London GL Tickets Online.

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The company of the first North American tour of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s Wicked welcomes Nicole Parker in the role of Elphaba May 18 in Denver, CO.

Nicole Parker Joins Wicked Tour

Nicole Parker Joins Wicked Tour


Nicole Parker as Elphaba in Wicked

Nicole Parker as Elphaba in Wicked


Nicole Parker in Wicked

Nicole Parker in Wicked


Nicole Parker Joins Wicked Tour

Nicole Parker Joins Wicked Tour


Nicole Parker with Alli Nauzey in Wicked

Nicole Parker with Alli Nauzey in Wicked

The cast is also headed by Alli Mauzey as Glinda and Liz McCartney as Madame Morrible with Justin Brill (Boq), Emily Ferranti (Nessarose), Andy Kelso (Fiyero), Paul Slade Smith (Dr. Dillamond) and Carla Stickler (Standby for Elphaba). PJ Benjamin joined the cast as The Wizard May 8.

Parker was seen as Elphaba on Broadway.

Wicked is currently playing the Buell Theatre through Sunday, May 20. From here it will move to Sacramento, California for the performances at California Musical Theatre start on May 23 and continue through June 17, 2012. Get $10 OFF on Wicked California Musical Theatre Ticket Orders of $350 or more by using code #SpringSavings at Checkout.

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