Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour

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09 Feb 2009

Marcie Dodd and Hel
Marcie Dodd and Hel

Casting has been announced for the second North American tour of the hit musical Wicked, which launches at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers, FL, March 7 for a run through March 29.

Heading the cast will be Marcie Dodd (Broadway's Wicked, tours of Hairspray, We Will Rock You) as the green-faced Elphaba and Heléne Yorke (Grease on Broadway, What's That Smell Off-Broadway) as the curly locked Glinda. They will be joined onstage by Marilyn Caskey (Gypsy) as Madame Morrible and Tom McGowan (La Bete) as The Wizard.

The company also includes David de Vries (Doctor Dillamond), Colin Donnell (Fiyero), Ted Ely (Boq), Kristine Reese (Nessarose) and Carrie Manolakos (standby for Elphaba).

The ensemble comprises Meredith Akins, Alicia L. Albright, Kerry Blanchard, Anne Brummel, Jeremy Duvall, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Jenn Furman, Jacqueline Graziano, Charles Hagerty, Todd Hanebrink, Gregory Haney, Zach Hanna, Lauren Linville, Michelle London, Shylo M. Martinez, Nathan Peck, Casey Quinn, Don Richard, Libby Servais, Daniel Torres, Nicky Venditti, Erin Wilson and Kevin Samual Yee.

Tour dates also include:



April 3-19 in Birmingham at the BJCC Concert Hall
April 23-May 10 in Jacksonville at the Times Union Center
May 13-31 in Norfolk at Chrysler Hall
June 3-21 in Indianapolis at the Murat Centre
June 24-July 12 in Memphis at the Orpheum Theatre
July 15-Aug. 9 in Tulsa at the Chapman Music Hall
Aug. 12-30 in Austin at Bass Hall
Sept. 2-20 in Nashville at TPAC
Sept. 23-Oct. 18 in Des Moines at the Civic Center
Oct. 21-Nov. 8 in Wichita at the Century II Concert Hall

Upcoming tour stops for the first national tour include:

Feb. 4-March 1 in Appleton at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
March 4-April 5 in Portland at Keller Auditorium
April 8-May 3 in Salt Lake City at the Capitol Theatre
May 6-31 in Omaha at the Orpheum Theatre
June 3-28 in San Antonio at the Majestic Theatre
July 1-26 in Tempe at Gammage Auditorium
July 29-Aug. 23 in San Diego at the Civic Theatre
Aug. 26-Sept. 27 in Seattle at the Paramount

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 features a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie 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 won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) and Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee).

For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com.