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Monday, February 18th, 2013

The wizard and witches of the magical land of Oz, Wicked West End production will continue to enchant London’s theatregoers as it has extended the booking period to 26 April 2014.

Wicked is a Standing Production in London GL at Apollo Victoria.

The Olivier Award-winning production, which is now in its seventh spectacular year at the Apollo Victoria, has already been seen by almost five million theatregoers since it opened in London in 2006 and is already the 16th longest running West End musical of all time. Starring leading musical theatre star Louise Dearman as green-skinned witch Elphaba, the musical phenomenon tells the untold story of the witches of Oz, introducing two girls who meet as sorcery students and following them as they grow into the misunderstood Wicked Witch of the West and the ever-popular Glinda The Good.

Wicked West End Cast Update: Dearman, who is the first actress to play both Glinda and Elphaba, is joined in the current cast by Gina Beck as Glinda, Ben Freeman as Fiyero and Louise Plowright as Madame Morrible. Melissa Jacques has replaced Tania Mathurin as the Midwife and understudy for Madame Morrible. Michelle Francis has replaced Florence Andrews in the ensemble and as an understudy for Glinda and Nessarose.

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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Wicked West End Company – Current Cast:

Elphaba: Louise Dearman

Glinda: Gina Beck

Fiyero: Ben Freeman

The Wizard: Keith Bartlett

Madame Morrible: Louise Plowright

Nessarose: Katie Rowley Jones

Boq: Sam Lupton

Dr. Dillamond: Christopher Howell

Chistery: Paulo Teixeira

Witch’s Father/Ozian Official: Stuart Ramsay

Witch’s Mother: Lindsay Taylor

Midwife: Tania Mathurin

Standby Elphaba: Hayley Gallivan

Standby Glinda: Lucy van Gasse

Ensemble: Florence Andrews, Gemma Atkins, William Bozier, Philip Catchpole, Aisling Duffy, Emma Green, Chlöe Hart, Robert Jones, Tania Mathurin, Marc McBride, Stacey McGuire, Tom Muggeridge, Michelle Pentecost, Stuart Ramsay, Lindsay Taylor, Paulo Teixeira, Oliver Watton, Jason Winter

Elphaba Understudy: Michelle Pentecost, Katie Rowley Jones

Glinda Understudy: Sophie Linder-Lee, Florence Andrews

Fiyero Understudy: Oliver Watton, Jason Winter

The Wizard Understudy: Christopher Howell, Stuart Ramsay

Madame Morrible Understudy: Tania Mathurin, Jacqueline Hughes

Nessarose Understudy: Gemma Atkins, Florence Andrews

Boq Understudy: Marc McBride, Paulo Teixeira

Dr. Dillamond Understudy: Stuart Ramsay, Oliver Brenin, Sean Parkins

Chistery Understudy: Sean Parkins, Matt Turner

Witch’s Father/Ozian Official Understudy: Oliver Brenin, Justin Thomas

Witch’s Mother Understudy: Hannah Toy, Emma Green, Lauren Brooke

Midwife Understudy: Jacqueline Hughes, Sophie Linder-Lee

Swings: Oliver Brenin, Lauren Brooke, Jacqueline Hughes, Sophie Linder-Lee, Justin Thomas, Matt Turner

Dance Captains: Sean Parkins, Hannah Toy

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Wicked celebrates its landmark 5th birthday to night (Tuesday 27 September 2011) at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre. Wicked grossed £145 million at the box office.

Wicked premiered on 27 September 2006 (with previews from 7 September) in one of the busiest ever years for West End musical openings. Avenue Q; Cabaret; Caroline, or Change; Daddy Cool; Dirty Dancing; Evita; Porgy and Bess; Monty Python’s Spamalot; The Sound of Music and Sunday in The Park with George also all opened that year. With the 9 July 2011 closure of Dirty Dancing, Wicked has outlasted all of these shows and its popularity is greater than ever.

Wicked musical show is the ninth longest running musical currently playing in the West End alongwith Les Miserables (1), The Phantom of the Opera (2), Blood Brothers (3), Chicago* (4), Mamma Mia! (5), Disney’s The Lion King (6), We Will Rock You (7) and Billy Elliot (8) and the 18th longest running West End musical of all time alongwith Les Miserables (1), The Phantom of the Opera (2), Blood Brothers (3), Cats (4), Starlight Express (5), Chicago* (6), Buddy (7), Mamma Mia! (8), Disney’s The Lion King (9), The Black & White Minstrel Show (10), Miss Saigon (11), Jesus Christ Superstar (original production) (12), Me & My Girl (revival) (13), We Will Rock You (14), Evita (original production) (15), Oliver! (original production) (16) and Billy Elliot (17).

In December 2010, it became the first West End show to gross more than £1 million at the box office in a single week. Michael McCabe, executive producer for Wicked in the UK, commented: “This is an incredible landmark for all of us involved in Wicked and we couldn’t be more delighted to have become such a popular, long-running hit. We are also proud that our continued success has enabled us to support so many charitable projects though our on-going ‘For Good’ programme. Our heartfelt thanks go to every single person who is part of this extraordinary production and to the millions of theatregoers who have been so supportive of the show since our very first performance five years ago.”

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Monday, August 8th, 2011

On Saturday, a day after Maddox turned 10, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt treated their eldest to a matinee performance of Wicked. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s plan, as they took their brood out in London today to see the West End smash hit musical Wicked. The family had clearly fallen under the production’s spell too, and were seen beaming broadly as they left Victoria’s Apollo Theatre to get a car back to their base in Richmond.

Daughter Shiloh, five, in particular seemed smitten by the show, and left clutching a cute winged monkey, a stuffed toy version of one of the show’s fantastical characters. She and Maddox were joined by sister Zahara, six, and Pax, seven with three-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne deemed a bit too young for the afternoon’s entertainment.

Brad, 47, however was far more casual in a dark indigo shirt, denim jeans and black boots. He had taken some time out from filming his latest movie World War Z in London to join his family for the matinee performance.

Angelina, 36, looked rather dressed up considering. Angelina certainly wants to make sure her children are seeing all the sights London has to offer, and last week, took them to the city’s Aquarium while Brad was busy.

The cast members were said to be delighted to have the famous family come to see their Wizard of Oz themed show. ‘There was definitely a big excitement backstage! Everyone was on a high,’ a Wicked cast member told Us Weekly. The family did not sit in a VIP box but sat in the orchestra area and were surrounded by a few empty, reserved seats to maintain their privacy. ‘They were very happy and quite quiet,’ the cast member said of the Jolie-Pitts. ‘The children seemed fascinated by the spectacle.’

The family are currently living in Richmond, west London, renting a lavish £10million home while Brad finishes filming. Angelina has already been seen popping into a toy shop in Richmond to buy her children presents, including water pistols and pretend money. Brad is in the capital filming his new zombie movie, World War Z. He is also producing the film, an adaption of Max Brooks’s novel.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kids Images at Victoria’s Apollo Theatre:

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kids at Victoria's Apollo Theatre

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kids at Victoria's Apollo Theatre

Brad, Angelina had been to Victoria's Apollo Theatre for the Matinee Performance

Brad, Angelina had been to Victoria's Apollo Theatre for the Matinee Performance

Brad and Angelina were beaming as they herded their happy brood to a waiting car

Brad and Angelina were beaming as they herded their happy brood to a waiting car

Brad and Angelina with Kids coming out at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Brad and Angelina with Kids coming out at Apollo Victoria Theatre

Fans click their Cameras to catch Brad and Angelina with Kids

Fans click their Cameras to catch Brad and Angelina with Kids

Back to Richmond, west London where they Live in a Lavish £10million Home

Back to Richmond, west London where they Live in a Lavish £10million Home

Brad Angelina family enjoyed their afternoon at the theatre at the Apollo in Victoria

Brad Angelina family enjoyed their afternoon at the theatre at the Apollo in Victoria

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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Wicked, the smash hit musical, celebrated a new West End Box Office milestone last week (w/c 27 December 2010) grossing an incredible £1,002,885, the highest single-week gross in London theatre history. Over 20,000 theatregoers attended 9 performances of the “hugely popular musical” (The Times).

In 2010, Wicked continued to sustain year-on-year growth at the Box Office, grossing in excess of £30 million (up over £3 million on 2009). Over 800,000 people attended performances across the year.

Now in its 5th year, Wicked has played almost 1800 performances, been seen by over 3 million theatregoers and taken in excess of £121 million at the UK Box Office since its West End premiere at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in 2006.

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said in a statement: “2010 proved to be an extraordinary year for Wicked. As well as enjoying our highest grossing year to date and achieving the amazing milestone of a £1million grossing week, we also won several prestigious awards, raised funds for The Woodland Trust and the St John Ambulance ‘Teach the Difference’ project and we were enormously proud to launch the Wicked Young Writers’ Award with the support of Michael Morpurgo and our Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Our grateful thanks go to everyone who continues to support both the show and our many charitable projects”.

In 2010, theatregoers named Wicked London’s ‘Most Popular Show’ (Laurence Olivier Awards), ‘Best West End Show’ ( Awards) and ‘Best Long-Running West End Show’ ( UK Awards). The musical has won over 35 major awards around the world.

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Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Rachel Tucker in Wicked as Elphaba

Rachel Tucker in Wicked as Elphaba

In March, an extensive cast change in the West End production at the Apollo Victoria Theatre found Belfast-born Rachel Tucker taking on the vocally and physically demanding role of Elphaba, the green witch who turns out to be less wicked than she is simply misunderstood. For Tucker, 29, the part fulfils a dream she has nursed for years, well before appearing on the West End in We Will Rock You or making it to the semifinals of I’d Do Anything, the BBC reality TV program to find a new Nancy for Oliver! The chatty, likable Tucker, who is contracted to Wicked through February 2011, took time to speak to one recent evening before preparing herself, once more, to defy gravity. She is been London’s Elphaba for four months since March, Matt Wolf Interviewed Rachel Tuckeron about Her Role in Wicked. Here you Go:

You’ve been London’s Elphaba for four months now. How is everything going?
I’ve settled in really nicely. The magic has not gone away; every night when I fly, it feels like the first time. I’d had a passion in me for this role from when I first saw it on Broadway fairly early in the run. Kristin Chenoweth was still in it [as Glinda] but we actually saw Idina Menzel’s understudy. I was 20 or so, and I had bribed my sister and my mom to go on a girlie shopping holiday to New York—but it was actually to see Wicked, and our tickets were dearer than our flight.

That’s not surprising for Wicked!
It was so amazing to be in a city with all these musicals. I grew up in Northern Ireland on musicals. Instead of cartoons, my family would watch Singin’ in the Rain and anything with Gene Kelly. My dad’s a singer and my sister’s a singer. They have day jobs, but they also have their own family band.

How much flexibility and freedom do you feel you have with this role, given the many Elphabas that have come before?
My feeling about Elphaba is that the performance will only come truthfully if I believe what I sing, so for me, it was important to go back to the base, which is Gregory Maguire’s novel, and to research the role as much as I could. I read the book inside out, back to front, and knew the script before I came to rehearsals. It was all about wanting to bring it back to what I felt was the most fundamental part of Elphaba –—that she is an extremely intricate, intelligent young lady who knows herself well enough but is nonetheless forced to learn about herself. I love the beauty of being able to stand on stage and tell this story.

So it’s about more than just hitting those money notes.
My husband [Guy Retallack] is a theater director, and he’s been very helpful about reminding me that if you get the meaning right, the sound will happen: The lyrics behind the music are the first port of call, and the reason why we sing in a musical is because we can no longer speak. On “So, if you care to find me” [an excerpt from the lyrics to “Defying Gravity”], I could listen to myself hitting those belty notes, but then I would know I have not delivered because the words mean more than just the sounds. It’s about being truthful enough with myself.

Did you meet your husband while doing a musical?
Yes, it was Tommy on tour, which was his first musical, and I auditioned literally the day before I went to New York [to see Wicked]. I was the first cover Acid Queen—they couldn’t give me the role because I wasn’t black—and played Sally Simpson. Lee [Mead, Tucker’s Fiyero in Wicked] was the first cover for Tommy.

So, when you were competing for the role of Nancy in Oliver! on TV, you could trade notes with Lee about his experience landing the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
It was because of Lee that I decided to do the TV program. I was playing Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz just as Lee was winning the part of Joseph on TV, and I thought to myself, “If Lee can do it, I can do it.” Because I knew someone who had gone through that whole experience, it didn’t seem impossible. I called him up and said, “What’s that whole thing like?” and he was like, “Tucker, just do it.”

Obviously the reality show was a good move for you.
The whole reason for me to do the TV show was to get a bit more of a profile. I had been pipped to the post so many times at auditions by people who had a higher profile than me, which is just the way of the world; it’s about putting bums on seats, So I was like, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” Nothing had been coming up for me, so I thought, “Why am I turning my nose up at this opportunity? And if this gives me a little bit of a profile, why not?”

You must have a double set of stage-door fans: the Elphaba/Wicked devotees and those who were rooting for you to win the part of Nancy, which went to Jodie Prenger.
There are people who come to the show because they voted for me and then they fall in love with Wicked and then there are others at the stage door who say, “I was devastated to hear you were doing the role, but now I can’t picture anyone else.” There were a few, “Oh no, not Rachel Tucker!” comments [laughs].

I’m sure it’s not long into your performance before you win them over.
Again, it’s the show. I get letters from people saying, “I’m a lesbian, and by watching Elphaba grow, I realize it’s OK to be me.” I’ve found that this show works for everyone. That’s great for me, because it means I am doing my job properly. I’m delivering, and that comes back to Elphaba being truthful.

And, I would assume, to the fact that you have no fear of flying.
None at all, no. I love it.

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