Tour of Wicked Welcomes a New Elphaba Oct. 4

News   Tour of Wicked Welcomes a New Elphaba Oct. 4
 
The company of the first North American tour of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked welcomes Mamie Parris as Elphaba beginning Oct. 4 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.

Mamie Parris
Mamie Parris

Parris, who comes directly from the first national tour of 9 to 5 The Musical, where she played Judy Bernly, has been seen on Broadway in Ragtime, The Drowsy Chaperone and Roundabout's 110 In the Shade. She joins a cast that currently includes Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Alma Cuervo as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as the Wizard.

The company also features Justin Brill (Boq), Stefanie Brown (Nessarose), Colin Hanlon (Fiyero), Paul Slade Smith (Dr. Dillamond) and Mariand Torres (Standby for Elphaba) with Lauren Boyd, Megan Campanile, Antonette Cohen, Rick Desloge, Melanie Field, Luis Augusto Figueroa, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Dominic Giudici, Napoleon W. Gladney, Brenda Hamilton, Renee Lawless-Orsini, Philip Dean Lightstone, Marissa Lupp, Michael Mahany, Sterling Masters, Alli McGinnis, Kevin McMahon, Christopher Russo, Adea Michelle Sessoms, Carla Stickler, Brandon Tyler, Shanna Vanderwerker, Nicky Venditti and Mikey Winslow.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, 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 journeys.

Wicked features a score by Schwartz, a book by Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The creative team also includes scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.

Good seats are still available for most performances at the Fox Theatre; visit www.ticketmaster.com/wicked or call (800) 982-2787.  

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