North American Tour of Wicked Will Welcome Walker Jones
20 Feb 2013
The company of the second North American tour of Wicked will welcome Walker Jones as the Wizard. He will begin performances March 13, when the musical opens in Charlotte, NC.
Jones' New York credits include Scapin, with Stanley Tucci (CSC); Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Daniel Sullivan; and Merchant of Venice and Henry VI at NYSF. He has also performed around the country at ACT (Dramalogue Award), Portland Stage, Yale Rep, NJ Shakespeare Theatre and the Tony Award-winning Shakespeare Theatre of D.C.
The company also features Zarah Mahler (Nessarose), Jay Russell (Dr. Dillamond), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Fiyero), Michael Wartella (Boq) and Alyssa Fox (standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Jane Brockman, Bridie Carroll, Lilli Cooper, Haley Ann Dorling, Michael Drolet, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Natalie Fotopoulos, Dominic Giudici, Lauren Haughton, Zach Hensler, Joel Ingram, Ryan Jackson, Jillian Kates, Becca Kloha, Sam Lips, Sterling Masters, Marissa Miller, Dashi' Mitchell, Amy Quanbeck, Jay Reynolds Jr., Wayne Schroder and Justin Wirick.
Wicked is currently playing the Bob Carr Theatre in Orlando, FL, through March 10. Jones will join the musical in conjunction with the tour's opening in Charlotte, NC, which will play through March 31 at Ovens Auditorium.
According to producers, "Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good."
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.