Wicked, The hit musical is based on Gregory McGuire’s popular novel of the same name returns to Tampa, Florida January 09, 2013.
Jeanna De Waal, Born in Germany and raised in the U.K., is playing the role of Glinda.
“This is the biggest role I’ve ever played,” said Jeanna De Waal, who plays Glinda. “It was quite stressful in the beginning. I’ve grown in what I think I can take on. I’m quite proud of myself that I’m able to do this role and how I’ve done it. It’s a real personal achievement.”
“It’s a soprano role. I [had been doing] very pop and rock shows, so I was vocally challenged. [Then], the role was originated by Kristen Chenoweth. I look completely different than her. The challenge was finding Glinda myself,” De Waal said.
Christine Dwyer is playing the role of Elphaba in this touring production.
“I wanted to play the role, but I never thought I’d be able to get through a whole show. Now I’m doing one every night. It’s made me more confident and it’s grown my voice a lot more,” said Dwyer.
Dwyer added, “Another struggle is not getting too wrapped up in the fact that it is such a big role. It can be pretty daunting when you’re sick or tired from traveling. At the end of the day, it has helped having cast mates around and staying grounded. It’s definitely a challenge to mentally and physically prepare for a long-running show like this.”
Wicked last time came to the Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center in 2010 and now returned for 3-weeks where it will close on January 27, 2013.
Wicked at The Straz Center – Performance Schedule:
Tuesdays – 7:30 PM
Wednesdays – 7:30 PM
Thursdays – 7:30 PM
Fridays – 8:00 PM
Saturdays – 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM
Sundays – 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM
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