Second North American Tour of Wicked Will Welcome a New Glinda
By Andrew Gans
The company of the second North American tour of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked will welcome Tiffany Haas as Glinda beginning Sept. 27 at The Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
She will join a cast that currently includes Anne Brummel as Elphaba, Jody Gelb as Madame Morrible and Don Amendolia as The Wizard.
The company also features Emily Ferranti (Nessarose), Martin Moran (Dr. Dillamond), Dan Pacheco (Boq), 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, Natalie Fotopoulos, KC Fredericks, Linda Griffin, Laurel Harris, Lauren Haughton, Zach Hensler, Courtney Iventosch, Ryan Jackson, Lisa Livesay, Marissa Miller, Robert Pendilla, Casey Quinn, Don Richard, Michael McCorry Rose, Daniel Torres, Erin Wilson, Justin Wirick and Lindsay Wood.
In 2005 Haas made her Broadway debut in Wicked and spent two years as the Nessarose cover. Most recently she was the Glinda understudy for the second North American tour. She was also seen in the tour of The Drowsy Chaperone. Haas is also a former “Miss Ohio” and competed in the Miss America Pageant.
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 The Benedum Center in Pittsburgh, PA, through Oct. 2. For ticket information call (412) 456-4800 or visit www.pgharts.org.
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