Anne Brummel Will Be Elphaba in Wicked's Second North American Tour
11 Jan 2011
Photo by Joan Marcus
Anne Brummel, an original member of the second North American tour of the hit musical Wicked who has spent the past year as the Elphaba standby, will take over that role permanently in the tour beginning Jan. 26 in Albuquerque, NM.
Brummel will join a cast that includes Natalie Daradich as Glinda, Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible and Tom McGowan as The Wizard.
The company also features Zach Hanna (Boq), Michelle London (Nessarose), Martin Moran (Dr. Dillamond), David Nathan Perlow (Fiyero) and Christine Dwyer (standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Michael Drolet, Jeremy Duvall, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Samantha Farrow, KC Fredericks, Todd Hanebrink, Laurel Harris, Lauren Haughton, Courtney Iventosch, Ryan Jackson, Lauren Linville, Lesley McKinnell, Robert Pendilla, Rachel Potter, Casey Quinn, Don Richard, Tory Ross, Billy Harrigan Tighe, Daniel Torres, Erin Wilson, Justin Wirick and Lindsay Wood.
Brummel has toured the U.S. and Canada with Cats, Scarlet Pimpernel, Funny Girl and Evita, where she stoodby for the role of Eva Peron. Regional productions include Fiddler on the Roof, Civil War, Big and several more productions of Evita.
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.
Wicked is currently playing UA’s Centennial Hall in Tucson, AZ, through Jan. 23. Tickets can be purchased online at BroadwayinTucson.com, by phone through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or at the Centennial Hall Box Office.
The hit musical will play Popejoy Hall in Albuquerque, NM, Jan. 26-Feb. 13. Tickets can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Offices and select Albertsons locations. Online purchases can be made at popejoypresents.com or unmtickets.com; to charge by phone call (877) 664-8661 or (505) 925-5858.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.