PHOTO CALL: Alison Luff, Kim Zimmer, Curt Hansen, Jesse JP Johnson and Cast Offer A Wicked Night Before Christmas in Chicago

By Matthew Blank
17 Dec 2013

Members of the first North American touring company of Wicked hosted A Wicked Night Before Christmas, a staged holiday performance at The Laugh Factory — with net proceeds benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Chicago House — Dec. 8 at 8 PM.

"A throwback to the old school holiday variety show, the Wicked company celebrated the holidays on a very snowy Sunday with a one-night benefit for BC/EFA and Chicago House. They raised over $12,000 in one night."

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Alison Luff
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Company members who appeared at the event include Alison Luff (Elphaba), Jenn Gambatese (Glinda), Curt Hansen (Fiyero), Kim Zimmer (Madame Morrible) and John Davidson (Wizard) as well as members of the ensemble, band and touring staff.

A Wicked Night Before Christmas, according to press notes, "is part of an ongoing series of performances and appearances by the touring company to support charitable causes which advance Wicked's theme of acceptance and illuminate the musical's message that people should not be judged on first impressions. The company believes that in these divisive times we must come together to support those in need throughout the country and around the world. In its eight years on the road, the company has raised over $2.5 million in donations for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and local AIDS service organizations all over the country."

In addition to the performance, there were live and silent auctions that included several opportunities to join the company backstage at the Oriental Theatre and a chance to bid on a walk-on role in a performance of Wicked.

Wicked is playing through Dec. 21 at the Oriental Theatre.