Monday, 20 December 2010

Rachel Tucker & Louise Dearman Performing for World Hunger Day

Rachel and Louise will be appearing alongside Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole and Elaine Paige at the Apollo Victoria on 9th January 2011 in "Dionne Warwick & Friends", a concert to raise funds and awareness for The Hunger Project.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster or call 0844 847 2350.

Wicked Day 2010

Teal Wicks to play Elphaba on Broadway

Teal Wicks, who previously played Elphaba in Los Angeles and San Francisco, will play the part on Broadway from February 1st. Kyle Dean Massey returns to the company to play Fiyero.

Source.

Pictured: Teal Wicks (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Wicked in "The Simpsons"

Wicked made a brief cameo in the latest episode of "The Simpsons", "Donnie Fatso" when Moe and Homer wandered onto stage whilst looking for a private place to talk.  Viewers in the US can watch the episode here.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Whatsonstage Awards

The West End production of Wicked has received the following nominations:

The Take One Media Best Takeover in a Role
Lee Mead
Rachel Tucker

The Equity Best West End Show
Wicked

Former West End & Broadway Elphaba, Kerry Ellis, has also been nominated in the Best Takeover category for her role in Oliver!

Cast your votes here

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Wicked London Cast Change 2011

Further to the news that Mark Evans will be rejoining the cast in February, it has now been announced that Zoe Rainey and Ben Stott will be playing Nessarose and Boq.  Chloe Taylor will be Standby Glinda.


Pictured: Ben Stott performing at West End Live 2010

Into The Woods

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Wicked London News

The London production has been voted Best Long-Running West End Show at the BWW: UK Awards, whilst former Glinda, Dianne Pilkington, picked up Best Leading Actress in a Play for her current role in The 39 Steps.  View a complete list of winners here.

Meanwhile it has been announced that former cast member Mark Evans will assume the role of Fiyero from 7th February 2011.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

2010 BroadwayWorld UK Awards

Voting closes tomorrow in the 2010 BroadwayWorld Awards.  Wicked's nominations include:

Best Long Running West End Show
Best Leading Actor in a Musical - Lee Mead
Best Leading Actress in a Musical - Rachel Tucker/Louise Dearman.  Kerry Ellis is also nominated for her role in Oliver!


Cast your votes here.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Original Cast Recording of Wicked goes Double Platinum

The Original Cast Recording of Wicked has been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.  Composer Stephen Schwartz was presented with a plaque following the 10th November matinee at The Gershwin Theater - view the presentation at BroadwayWorld.com.

Pictured: Marc Platt (Producer), Mandy Gonzalez, Stephen Schwartz & Katie Rose Clarke

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Wicked Day London Online Auction

The London cast of Wicked have designed t-shirts to be auctioned for Magic 105.4's "Cash for Kids" charity. View and bid for the designs here.

As well as the t-shirts, there is jewellery customised by Rachel Tucker and a signed Elphaba suitcase, as used in the show.


Monday, 1 November 2010

Wicked Day 2010 - London (Part 2)

The remainder of my photos from Wicked Day are now online here.

You can view a video of Rachel and Louise performing "For Good" here (video by linny90120).

Wicked Day 2010

Lee Mead

Wicked Day 2010

George Ure

Wicked Day 2010

Lee Mead & Louise Dearman

Wicked Day 2010

Jennifer Tierney

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Wicked Day 2010 - London

The fifth annual Wicked Day took place at St Pancras International Terminal, London today, starting with a performance of "For Good" by Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman.  More photos will follow tomorrow but you can view the first batch here.

Wicked Day 2010

Louise Dearman & Rachel Tucker

Wicked Day 2010

Lauren James-Ray

Wicked Day 2010

Cassandra Compton

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Wicked: Celebrating Seven Years of Amazing Fans

Wicked  welcomed its 5 millionth audience member to its Broadway Production on 29th September 2010.  As Wicked Day 2010 approaches, the Company has posted the following video as a thank you to the show's fans.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

The inevitable question for Stephen Schwartz: Will Lea Michele star in the Wicked movie?

Stephen Schwartz has spoken to Broadway.com about the proposed film adaptation of Wicked (which, he cautions, is still "a twinkle in our eye":

"Lea Michele is fantastic," Schwartz told Broadway.com, "and it'd be silly to say she wouldn't be under consideration [for the role of Elphaba]."

Schwartz also revealed to Broadway.com that the movie version may require audiences to put on 3D glasses to see the witches of Oz fly.

"It'll probably be in 3D because that's where all [movies] are going," Schwartz told us. "We're talking to a lot of potential directors, as a lot of people know, and I think we'll make a decision pretty soon." Among the considered directors is Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who already has experience adapting popular books for film with Running with Scissors and this year's Eat Pray Love. "We like Ryan and had a great meeting with him," Schwartz said of the director. "I've always been a big fan of his."

So if Murphy does turn out to be Wicked's cinematic wizard, it makes a lot of sense to cast his super-popular, Emmy-nominated Glee star Michele as the green girl. But don’t line up for popcorn yet. Schwartz explained that Wicked fans should be patient since the film is still in very early development. "It's a twinkle in our eye," he said.

Baz Luhrmann discusses Wicked - on stage and screen

BroadwayWorld.com recently interviewed Baz Luhrmann and discussed, amongst other things, his involvement in the rumoured movie version of Wicked.  Read the full interview here.
PC: I just talked to Kristin Chenoweth about Kanye West sampling one of her tracks from WICKED. What do you think of WICKED and the Oz mythology?
BL: Hey! I come from a place called Oz! Ha! (Faux Laugh.)
PC: (Laughs.)
BL: That's a little joke. (Pause.) Obviously, in my last film AUSTRALIA I used it thematically. When you grow up in Australia, Oz has different implications. Even as a child, I mean, they call Sydney the Emerald City.
PC: Of course.
BL: So, the idea, it‘s interesting you mention it... I love those Oz stories. I'm madly in love with them. I don't think I'm speaking out of school when I say that I have been approached many times to do, or to attempt, a sort of variant or some variations and films and things on THE WIZARD OF OZ. I haven't gone there - not because I don't think it can't be done, because I do. I think any classic work is there to be re-interpreted - the classic never changed. People get very frightened of that until someone makes it work.
PC: Exactly. And WICKED?
BL: Listen, what I think is wonderful, and the most wonderful achievement... to me, WICKED is just extraordinarily clever. Not just the celebration of WICKED - apart from all the obvious things. After all, it has got some of the absolute, show-stopping classics - and we know what they are!
PC: Indeed!
BL: By the way, just so you know, believe it or not I just saw the show for the first time a week ago.
PC: Really?
BL: Yeah!
PC: You've been linked to it for so long!
BL: Crazy as it is - because other people have talked about, "Are you going to do WICKED as a film?"
PC: That's what I was going to ask!
BL: (Laughs.) Yes, that is definitely a rumor. It's for no other reason besides I've been in the desert for four years!
PC: Making AUSTRALIA!
BL: That's an exaggeration, of course, but I really haven't been around.
PC: AUSTRALIA is the size and scope of two films!
BL: First, the thing I want to say about WICKED is that what is so clever about the show - and, isn't it great that a music piece can not only be great storytelling, a huge entertainment and clever as well - was that it toys so powerfully and so brilliantly with, A., and iconic show we all know and love and know, but, B., with a perspective.
PC: What a great way to look at it!
BL: Yeah, that's the whole point of it, that you can flip perspective. I think that is very, very healthy to the culture of the musical.
PC: Without a doubt.
BL: I think that's great. Of course, THE WIZARD OF OZ is kind of like a religious icon when it comes to the cathedral of the musical. It's something very, very precious. I think someone - the right person - should do it.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Wicked Cast Members: It Gets Better



Cast members from the 2nd National Tour tell how they overcame prejudices during their teens to become the artists they are today.

View more videos at Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" Project.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Wicked Day 2010

London's Wicked Day, which takes place on 31st October, has a change of venue this year.  The event takes place between 12pm and 4pm at St Pancras International.  Visit the official site for more details.

Below: Wicked Day 2009.

Wicked Day 2009

Wicked Day 2009

Wicked Day 2009

Maggie Kirkpatrick appearing at Memorabilia, The NEC Birmingham

Australia's Madame Morrible, Maggie Kirkpatrick, has been announced for Memorabilia, which takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 20th and 21st November 2010.  More details here.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Wicked in Helsinki

Wicked is now playing  at the Helsinki City Theater in Finland.  As you will see from the clips below, this version varies from the Broadway version, as will the forthcoming Danish production.



Wicked Costume Gallery

Be sure to check out Wicked London's new Costume Gallery.

Photographs: Christopher Draghi

Friday, 27 August 2010

Behind the Emerald Curtain Video Series

A new series of online videos going behind the scenes of Wicked has been launched.  Watch the first episode, Costume Edition, below.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

London Lifestyle Awards 2010

Wicked has been nominated for Theatre Show of the Year in the London Lifestyle Awards 2010. Cast your vote here.  The awards will be announced on October 7th.

In other news, members of the London cast take on cast members of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in a football match this Friday, with proceeds going towards Great Ormond Street Hospital. For more details, and to donate, click here.

Monday, 16 August 2010

WOS Radio: Interview with Kerry Ellis

Kerry Ellis releases her debut album, Anthems, on 13th September and she'll be signing copies of the same at Dress Circle on Saturday, 18th September from 11.30am-12.30pm.

In an exclusive interview with WOS Radio, Kerry talks to Edward Seckerson about her career and forthcoming album.  Click here to listen or download from iTunes.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Shoshana Bean Live in the West End

Shoshana Bean is making her first appearance in London at The Ambassadors Theatre on Tuesday August 17th.  She will perform two shows: at 8pm she will be joined by Oliver Tompsett and Daniel Boys and at 11pm by Dianne Pilkington, Gavin Creel and Michael Arden.

For more information click here.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Broadway in Bryant Park

Katie Rose Clarke and Jennifer DiNoia performing at Broadway in Bryant Park on 29th July. View more photos at the source, BroadwayWorld.com and a video of the performances here.

Photos: Monica Simoes


Monday, 12 July 2010

Is a "Wicked" movie one step closer to reality?

Deadline reports:
The smash hit stage musical Wicked is taking its first formative steps toward the movie screen. I'm told the musical's producer Marc Platt, book writer Winnie Holzman, and songwriter Stephen Schwartz have begun meeting with filmmakers. Insiders confirm that JJ Abrams, James Mangold, Ryan Murphy, and Rob Marshall are among the directors who've met or otherwise thrown their hat in the ring. More meetings will take place when the musical's authors come to town in the fall. The film will be made at Universal, which produced the stage musical with Platt.

After the billion dollar gross of Alice In Wonderland, studios are combing their fairy tale books for classics. It's crowded on the Oz front --Disney attached Sam Raimi to The Great and Powerful Oz, and Warner Bros has more than one film in development. But the $2 billion in global stage grosses for Wicked put it in league with Mamma Mia!, the long-running stage musical whose movie transfer grossed over $600 million worldwide for Universal.

Read more.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Rachel Tucker to perform "Defying Gravity" at Pride London this Saturday

Rachel Tucker will be peforming the world's first ever official public performance of Defying Gravity at Pride London, on the Main Stage in Trafalgar Square, this Saturday.

Source

Wicked

More details on Pride London

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Rachel Tucker at West End Live

Rachel gave a stunning version of "The Wizard & I" at West End Live today.  View photos from her performance here.

General West End Live Gallery (photos still being uploaded!).  Look out for a number of Wicked alumni - Cassidy Janson (Avenue Q), Alex Jessop (Mamma Mia), Joseph Connor (We Will Rock You) Harriet Thorpe (Mamma Mia) and Nicky Griffiths (Mamma Mia).

Wicked

Wicked

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

West End Live Schedule

West End Live 2010 takes place in Leicester Square this weekend.  Rachel Tucker will be appearing on behalf of Wicked - she is scheduled to perform at 11.35 on Saturday.

View the full line-up here.

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Wicked London: Free Showcase Performance tomorrow

The London cast of Wicked will be performing at Cardinal Place, Victoria at 12.30 tomorrow.

Source

Pictured: Rachel Tucker (Photo: Tristram Kenton)


Thursday, 3 June 2010

Rue McClanahan Dies at 76

The former Golden Girls star, who appeared in Wicked as Madam Morrible on Broadway, died this morning following a massive stroke.  Condolences to her friends and family.

Source

Photo: Joan Marcus

Friday, 28 May 2010

2010 Broadway.com Audience Awards Winners Announced

Wicked has scooped two awards at the Broadway.com Audience Awards, Favorite Long-Running Broadway Show and Favorite Replacement (Female) for Mandy Gonzalez.  Former Wicked cast member Kyle Dean Massey won Favorite Replacement (Male) for his role in Next to Normal whilst Kristin Chenoweth won Favorite Leading Actress in a Broadway Musical and Favorite Diva Performance for Promises, Promises.

Pictured: Mandy Gonzalez (Photo: Joan Marcus)

London 2010 Media Night

Photos from the 18th May show, which was held before an invited celebrity guest audience.

Pictured: Louise Dearman as Glinda, Rachel Tucker as Elphaba and Lee Mead as Fiyero (photos: Dan Wooller).  View more photos here and watch highlights here.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Former Wicked stars in Hair.

Former Wicked stars Caissie Levy and Kevin Kern are currently appearing in "Hair" at the Gielgud Theatre, London.  I saw the show yesterday and would thoroughly recommend it.  How many shows give the audience the opportunity to join the cast on stage?!

Caissie Levy

Thursday, 13 May 2010

West End Live 2010

West End Live 2010 takes place on 19th and 20th June in Leicester Square (11am-6pm and 12pm-6pm respectively).  Wicked will once again be represented, alongside other West End shows including Legally Blonde, Jersey Boys, Oliver, Avenue Q, Sister Act and Hair.

Pictured below: Oliver Tompsett & Alexia Khadime performing "As Long As You're Mine" in 2008 and Alexia Khadime peforming "The Wizard & I" in 2009.

Oliver Tompsett & Alexia Khadime

Wicked

View more photos from West End Live 2008 and 2009.

Friday, 30 April 2010

Ozmopolitan April 2010

The latest London Ozmopolitan features a video tour of the Apollo Victoria with Nikki Davis Jones (Standby Elphaba)and Sarah Earnshaw (Standby Glinda). You can view the video here.

Lee Mead joins the cast as Fiyero on 10th May and has recorded a short video message.

Pictured: Lee Mead (Photo: Tristram Kenton)

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Wicked on "The Green Apple: Entertainment"

From Broadwayworld.com:
The efforts of the award-winning musical WICKED to go environmentally green will be shown in "The Green Apple: Entertainment," which will air on NYC Life (Channel 25 in NY) on April 22 at 9 PM.

A sneak peak of Wicked's segment can be seen below, where Nick Carr, the host, talks to cast and crew members about green initiatives, LED lights, and Elphaba's green makeup.

"The Green Apple: Entertainment" will also visit green-friendly television shows including "The Good Wife" and "30 Rock."

The special will also be available on the NYC Media Video on Demand Player after it airs. To view this, visit www.nyc.gov/vod.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

More Production Shots from Broadway

Pictured: Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Rondi Reed as Madame Morrible and Andy Karl as Fiyero. View more at BroadwayWorld.com

Photos: Joan Marcus




Friday, 9 April 2010

UK Glee DVD launches national search for the best UK Glee Club with Wicked

Twentieth Century Fox are marking the UK release of Glee: Road to Sectionals on DVD (released April 12th) by launching a search for the best UK Glee Club.  A panel of judges, including cast members from Wicked, will choose the winners who will be awarded the chance to perform on the stage of the Apollo Victoria.

Entry details can be found here and you can follow GleeDVDUK on YouTube.

Monday, 29 March 2010

National Touring Company host Cabaret Performance

On April 5th the National Touring Company of Wicked will host "Our Wicked, Wicked Ways", an evening of cabaret performances, at the LePetit Theatre, New Orleans.  Net proceeds from the event will benefit the NO/AIDS TASK FORCE.

For full details click here.

Pictured: Donna Vivino (Photo: Joan Marcus)


Welcoming The New Wicked London Cast

All photos Tristram Kenton.  View more here and watch the final lastminute.com blog here.