Green Is Nessarose, Lipton Is Boq and Parker Is Dillamond in Wicked Tour; Complete Cast Announced

News   Green Is Nessarose, Lipton Is Boq and Parker Is Dillamond in Wicked Tour; Complete Cast Announced
 
Casting is now complete for the eagerly awaited tour of Stephen Schwartz's Wicked, which opens March 8, 2005, at the Canon Theatre in Toronto.
Timothy Britten Parker
Timothy Britten Parker

As previously announced, Stephanie J. Block and Kendra Kassebaum, will play, respectively, the wicked and popular witches. Block, who was part of the out-of-town San Francisco tryout of Wicked, will play the green-faced Elphaba with Kassebaum as the golden-locked Glinda. David Garrison (the Wizard), Carol Kane (Madame Morrible) and Derrick Williams (Fiyero) were also previously announced to play the tour.

New additions to the cast include Jenna Leigh Green as Nessarose, Logan Lipton as Boq and former Renter Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. The Wicked ensemble comprises Katie Adams, Timothy Anderson, Terra Lynn Arrington, Aaron Albano, Peter John Chursin, Matt Clemons, Nicholas Drommard, Laura Dysarczyk, Maria Eberline, Brooke Elliott, Lori Holmes, Adam Lambert, KW Miller, Kristen Oei, Chris Peluso, Don Richard, Emily Rozek, Chris Russo, Brian Slaman, James Tabeek, Barbara Tirrell, Brooke Wendle and Nicole Winhoffer.

Wicked will play the Canon (244 Victoria Street) through April 24, 2005. Tickets range $26-$110 (Canadian), and the performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM, with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM. Call TicketKing at (416) 872-1212 or toll-free at (800) 461 3333. Visit mirvish.com.

After premiering in Toronto, the hit musical by Schwartz (score) and Winnie Holzman (book) will arrive at Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Wicked will play that Chicago theatre for six-and-a-half weeks, April 29-June 12, 2005. Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts is located in Chicago at 24 W. Randolph Street. For more information visit www.broadwayinchicago.com.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths. Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, with an official opening Oct. 30, 2003. The Broadway company — directed by Joe Mantello, who will repeat his duties for the tour — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets for Wicked's national tour are available by calling Ticketmaster at (312) 902-1400.

For more information about Wicked visit www.wickedthemusical.com.

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