Wicked Tour Has New Leading Witches

News   Wicked Tour Has New Leading Witches The national tour of the hit musical Wicked welcomed two new leading ladies Nov. 6 at the Opera House in Boston, MA.
Katie Rose Clark
Katie Rose Clark

Carmen Cusack and Katie Rose Clarke now star as, respectively, the green-faced Elphaba and the curly-locked Glinda. The company also currently features Barbara Tirrell as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as the Wizard, Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond, Cliffton Hall as Fiyero, Deedee Mango Hall as Nessarose and Brad Weinstock as Boq.

The tour begins performances at the Bushnell in Hartford Nov. 14 and will play the Connecticut venue through Dec. 9.

Carmen Cusack has been seen in London's West End in productions of Les Misérables, The Secret Garden, Personals and Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens. Her other theatre credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Grease and Chess. Originally from Texas Cusack also appeared in the Chicago production of Wicked.

Katie Rose Clarke succeeded Kelli O'Hara as Clara in the Broadway production of The Light in the Piazza. She also starred in that show's national tour and was seen in the PBS broadcast of the Adam Guettel musical. Clarke recently appeared in the debut of Craig Lucas' Prayer for My Enemy at the Long Wharf Theatre.

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. 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 paths.

Wicked can also be seen in New York at the Gershwin Theatre, in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theatre, in Chicago at the Ford Center's Oriental Theatre, in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre and in Tokyo, Japan. A German-language production of Wicked opens in Stuttgart Nov. 15; the Australian production will begin in Melbourne July 12, 2008.

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