Monday, 12 December 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011 Nominations

Wicked has been nominated for The Equity Best West End Show, whilst former Elphabas Caissie Levy (Best Actress in a Musical - Ghost The Musical) and Kerry Ellis (The Jo Hutchison International Best Solo Performance - Anthems at the Royal Albert Hall) also scored nominations.

Voting is open until 31st January 2012.  Winners will be announced on 19th February.

Cast your votes here.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Mark Evans Cast in Ghost

The West End's current Fiyero, Mark Evans, will take over the role of Sam Wheat on January 13th, alongside Siobhan Dillon as Molly Jensen (pictured below).

Current Ghost star Caissie Levy moves to the Broadway production, which is due to open on March 15th.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Wicked London Wins Best Night Out Award

Congratulations to the Wicked London team, for winning the new Best Night Out Award at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards, which were announced last night.  The category featured a jury selected list of twelve nominees, however the winner was chosen by the public.

View a complete list of winners here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Wicked London Casting News

Gina Beck (Les Miserables, The Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera) and former Busted star Matt Willis  will join the cast from December 12th in the roles of Glinda and Fiyero.

Other new cast members include Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq).  Desmond Barrit returns to the role of The Wizard.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Casting News

Jackie Burns (Elphaba) and Chandra Lee Schwartz (Glinda) join the Broadway production from the National Tour on September 27th.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Rachel Tucker will continue as London's Elphaba into 2012.  Louise Dearman (Glinda), Mark Evans (Fiyero), Clive Carter (The Wizard), Julian Forsyth (Dr Dillamond), Ben Stott (Boq) and Zoe Rainey (Nessarose) play their last performances on December 10th.

Behind the Emerald Curtain: Hair & Make Up - Wigs

Sunday, 19 June 2011

A Message Regarding West End Live Photos

A few weeks ago I attended a convention for the television show "The Vampire Diaries" and subsequently posted my photos on Flickr (they're here, if anyone is interested!).

To the best of my knowledge, at least two websites downloaded my photographs and placed them on their own sites, without any credit.  One site even had the cheek to tag the photos as if they were their own!  I have asked for the photographs to be credited or removed but the webmasters have failed to respond.  

To those unfamiliar with Flickr, I would stress that I do not make any money from photographs viewed there.  It is simply rewarding to see how many people view each photograph, comment on or add as a favourite.  Whilst I use Flickr as an online back-up in case my original files are lost, I also wish to share the photographs I take at theatre or television events with like-minded fans and I do not wish to cover them in watermarks!

Photos may be reproduced on other sites providing a link-back is provided to the original Flickr location.  I also request that a link is given to this site.

The above being said, I would like to say thank you to all those people who have commented on my photos from West End Live.  Your comments are greatly appreciated.

West End Live 2011 Photographs

My photos from West End Live (Saturday) are now online, as detailed below:

Betty Blue Eyes
Billy Elliot
Flying Karamazov Brothers
Free Run
Ghost The Musical
Jersey Boys
Legally Blonde (featuring Lee Mead)
Lend Me A Tenor (featuring Cassidy Janson)
Love Never Dies
Mamma Mia!
Million Dollar Quartet
Rock of Ages (featuring Oliver Tompsett)
Thriller Live
We Will Rock You

Pictured: Oliver Tompsett performing in Rock of Ages.

Rock of Ages

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Rachel Tucker Performing at West End Live 2011



Rachel performed Defying Gravity/The Wizard & I, as previously seen on "Dancing on Ice".

More photos from today can be seen here (many more to come, including Cassidy Janson, Lee Mead and Oliver Tompsett.  Contrary to my post yesterday, Caissie Levy was not actually performing but you can read an interview with her here).

Friday, 17 June 2011

UK Happenings!

This weekend sees West End Live taking place in Trafalgar Square.  Wicked is due to perform at 11.35 on Saturday - maybe this year we'll get something other than "The Wizard & I"! 

View the full line-up here.  No doubt many former Wicked cast members will be spotted - Cassidy Janson is appearing in Lend Me a Tenor and Caissie Levy will be previewing Ghost: The Musical.

The UK cast will also be taking part in Magic Summer Live, at Hatfield House on July 17th. According to the latest Ozmopolitan, Rachel Tucker, Louise Dearman and Mark Evans will be in attendance.

Idina Menzel is peforming at the Royal Albert Hall on 6th October.  Buy tickets here.

Finally, some casting news.  Former Elphaba stand-by, Ashleigh Gray is appearing in Betwixt! from July 26th and Oliver Tompsett has joined the London cast of Rock of Ages. Lee Mead takes over from Alex Gaumond as Emmett in Legally Blonde on Monday.  Tompsett and Mead are both due to perform at West End Live. 

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Dee Roscioli returns to Oz

Dee Roscioli, who previously played Elphaba in the Chicago and Broadway productions joins the first National Tour on June 7th.  Amanda Jane Cooper is currently playing Glinda on tour.

From Wicked Pro-Shots & Publicity Photos

Friday, 27 May 2011

Wicked Reading in Perth

Maggie Kirkpatrick (Madame Morrible) and Zoe Jarrett (Ensemble/Elphaba Understudy) will be reading from Gregory Maguie's novel and The Grimmerie at the State Library of Western Australia, Perth on 30th June.

In addition, from June 7th until July 9th costumes from the show will be on display at Perth's Claremont Quarter.

Source: The Oztralian

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Kristin Chenoweth performs "For Good" on the Oprah Winfrey Show

Kristin appeared on the "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular", which aired yesterday.  You can watch her performance here.

Photo:  Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images North America

Tuesday, 17 May 2011 Audience Choice Awards

Wicked won Favorite Long-Running Show and Favorite Tour for the 2010-2011 season.  View a complete list of winners here.

Staying on Broadway, the season finale of Glee will feature scenes filmed at the Gershwin Theatre.  Read more here.

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Official Ashleigh Gray YouTube Channel

Former West End Elphaba stand-by Ashleigh Gray has launched an official YouTube Channel.  At present this features highlights from her Easter concert on The Battersea Barge, which you can view below. Audience Choice Award Nominations

Nominations have been announced for the Audience Choice Awards.  Wicked is nominated in Favorite Long-Running Show and Favorite Tour.  Voting is open until May 12th and winners will be announced on May 15th.

Congratulations to former Wicked cast members Norbert Leo Butz, Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can) and Joel Grey (Anything Goes) on their nominations.

Cast your votes here.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Tom McGowan is Broadway's latest Wizard

From Tuesday, 3rd May Tom McGowan assumes the role of the Wizard in the Broadway production.

Monday, 25 April 2011

WICKED Journey of the Wand Mash-Up

The Journey of the Wand videos promised more surprises and today sees the launch of the Wicked Games, which will run until June. Entrants must be residents of the United States and District of Columbia and be aged 13 and over.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

MAD Trust: West End Eurovision 2011

Read more about MAD Trust and West End Eurovision here.  Voting for the Best Video Ident closes on 21st April.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Journey of the Wand

From the OfficialWicked YouTube channel:
Help send a very special wand to the Emerald City to kick off something GOOD that's happening in Oz. We can't do it without you!

1. Download this PDF to make your own Wicked Wand -- or use your own wand.

2. Create a short video of yourself passing your Wicked Wand from your right to your left. The wand should go from off screen on your right-hand side to off screen on your left-hand side, just like in the video above.

3. Your video should be short -- around 10 seconds -- but feel free to be creative. The possibilities are unlimited!

4. Upload your video on YouTube as a response to this video.

Don't have an account? Go here:

Learn how to upload a response video here:

5. The deadline for video submissions is April 18. After April 18, keep an eye out for the Journey of the Wand video featuring lots of our fans and cast members passing the wand. You could be in it! And there will be an exciting revelation at the stay tuned.

Questions? Comments? Ask away in the comments below!


Friday, 1 April 2011

2011 Wicked Young Writers' Award/Gregory Maguire Signing

Wicked London has announced the second year of the Wicked Young Writers' Award (ages 5 to 25 years).  You can view a series of videos about last year's awards here and learn more about the competition here.

Wicked author Gregory Maguire will be at Waterstone's, Oxford Street Plaza on Sunday 10th April from 2-3pm to sign copies of his books.  The website does not state whether books have to be purchased on the day.  Click here for more information.

Pictured: Wicked Young Writers' Award Ceremony 2010 (Photo: Dan Wooller)

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Richard H Blake joining Broadway Cast

Richard H Blake assumes the role of Fiyero from 29th March, replacing Kyle Dean Massey. Blake previously played the role in the National Tour.


Sunday, 13 March 2011

"Bucks Free Press" Interview with Shona White

The former Elphaba stand-by is currently starring in a touring production of "Chess: The Musical" and discusses her current role, together with her love for Wicked and her hopes for the future.  Read the interview here.

Pictured: Adam Garcia & Shona White

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Special Performance for The Actors Fund

The Broadway company of Wicked presents a special performance at 8pm on April 3rd to benefit The Actors Fund.

Premium orchestra tickets will include a pre-performance Behind the Emerald Curtain with special guests.

For further information visit The Actors Fund website.

West End In Wales

The West End's current Fiyero, Mark Evans, is the founder and director of "West End in Wales" which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.  This year's course runs from Monday 8th August until Saturday 13th August and is open to those aged between 10 and 18 years.

Learn more about the course at the official website and in Mark's latest blog.

Emily Tierney in "The Wizard of Oz"

"The Wizard of Oz" opened at the London Palladium this week.  Former West End cast member Emily Tierney (Ensemble/Nessarose u/s) plays Glinda and can be glimpsed in the montage below.

Photo: Keith Pattison

"Our Wicked Romance" - A Jazz Cabaret (Part 2!)/Wicked WEBB

The National Touring Company will perform on March 14th at The Mezz in Orlando.  Click here for further information.

Meanwhile tonight the cast of Wicked and San Antonio AIDS Foundation present Wicked WEBB, a one night only cabaret.  Click here for details.

Pictured: Mariand Torres

Monday, 21 February 2011

BWW Interview with Ashleigh Gray

Ashleigh Gray officially left the West End company of Wicked last year but made a return to the Apollo Victoria last week covering for sickness.  She speaks to about her life as a stand by, Wicked's passionate fanbase and her upcoming projects.  Read the interview here.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Wicked wins at 2011 What's On Stage Awards

Legally Blonde was the big winner at tonight's What's On Stage Awards, scooping four awards including Best New Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Sheridan Smith.

However Rachel Tucker (pictured below) won the Take One Media Best Takeover in a Role and Wicked took home the Equity Best West End Show.

Congratulations to all concerned.  View a full list of nominees and winners here.

Wicked Stars in "The Songs of Bobby Cronin"

Wicked cast members past and present are scheduled to appear in "The Songs of Bobby Cronin" at the New Players Theatre, London on 27th February.  The line-up includes Mark Evans, Jye Frasca, Ashleigh Gray, Katie Rowley Jones and Liam Tamne.

Buy tickets here.

From What Is This Feeling

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Kyle Dean Massey & Kendra Kassebaum performing in Footnotes Concert

Taking place at Joe's Pub on March 6th, Missouri State University presents "Footnotes", a showcase of graduating students and alumni of the school's Musical Theatre Program.

Click here to buy tickets.

Friday, 18 February 2011

Wicked London Media Night 2011

Last night saw the official welcome for Wicked London's latest cast members.  Pictured below are Mark Evans (Fiyero), Zoe Rainey (Nessarose) and Ben Stott (Boq).


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Kate Reinders in "Modern Family"

The former Wicked star appeared in last night's episode "Princess Party".  Viewers in the US can watch the episode here.

Photos: ABC

"My San Antonio" Interview with Anne Brummel

Brummel, who is currently playing Elphaba in the Second National Tour, talks about her time in the show here.

In other tour news, Colin Hanlon has joined the First National Tour as Fiyero.

From Wicked Pro-Shots & Publicity Photos

Friday, 11 February 2011

"Our Wicked Romance" - A Jazz Cabaret

The National Touring Cast of Wicked will be appearing at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center on 14th February for an evening of "music, dance and comedy". Attendees will have the chance to bid on a variety of Wicked memorabilia, backstage opportunities and the chance to appear on stage.

Proceeds will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center’s mission-based programming.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Megan Hilty cast in NBC's "Smash"

Megan Hilty has been cast in NBC's new musical pilot "Smash", which follows a group of characters staging a Broadway show about Marilyn Monroe.  Steven Spielberg is an Executive Producer and Hairspray songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will write original songs for the show.  "Will & Grace" star Debra Messing has also been cast as the show's lyricist.

Monday, 7 February 2011 Interview With Teal Wicks

Teal Wicks, who previously played Elphaba in Los Angeles and San Francisco, joined the Broadway production on 1st February.  She talks to talks about her career, fans and co-star Kyle Dean Massey.  Read the interview here.

"You've been Disneyfied!"

As you can see from the post date in the original blog, the following animation is a few months old and has been doing the rounds on Tumblr etc however I'll confess I was unaware of it until  friend emailed me the link today.

To be clear, whilst the artist, Heidi Jo Gilbert, works for Disney this is something she's done for herself and is 100% unofficial!

Theatermania Interview With Kyle Dean Massey

Kyle Dean Massey returned to the Broadway Company of Wicked at the end of last month.  He talks to Theatermania about his return to the show here.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Wicked London 2011 Cast

From next Monday, Mark Evans (Fiyero), Zoe Rainey (Nessa Rose) and Ben Stott (Boq) join the cast of Wicked (or rejoin, in Mark's case!).  The latest Ozmopolitan has a sneak peek at the latest cast photos, which you can view here.

Monday, 24 January 2011

West End Live 2011

West End Live 2011 will take place in Trafalgar Square on 18th and 19th June.  The change of venue is necessary because of renovations taking place in Leicester Square but personally, I feel that the event was fast out-growing it's original location so it will be interesting to see how the change affects it.

New Pro Shot Gallery

I'm finally sorting out a new gallery featuring the best of the Wicked Pro Shots/Publicity Photos, which you can preview below. Main photo credits are Joan Marcus (US), Tristram Kenton (London), Ralf Brinkhoff & Birgit Mogenburg (Stuttgart), Jeff Busby (Melbourne) and Takashi Uehara (Tokyo).  

Monday, 10 January 2011

Wicked Miniseries in Development

Salma Hayek and ABC are developing an eight part miniseries of Gregory Maguire's novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West".  The script is being written by Erik Jendresen ("Band of Brothers").

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Wicked breaks more records

Wicked enjoyed a remarkable holiday period both sides of the Atlantic.  The Broadway production grossed a record $2.2 million over eight shows.  Meanwhile the London production grossed £1,002,885 over nine shows (week commencing 27th December), achieving the highest single-week gross in London theatre history.

Meanwhile, congratulations to former Wicked stars Norbert Leo Butz and Michele Federer on the birth of their daughter, Georgia Teresa, on 2nd January.