American Actress Will Step into Role of Elphaba in London's Wicked

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American actress Jennifer DiNoia, who was born and raised in Connecticut, will step into the role of Elphaba in the London production of the hit musical Wicked for a 14-week engagement beginning Oct. 27 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Jennifer DiNoia
Jennifer DiNoia Photo by Juho Sim

She will continue in the leading role until Jan. 31, 2015.

She will join a cast that includes Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Philip Childs (Doctor Dillamond), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Sam Lupton (Boq), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba), Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda), Chloe Ames, Kyle Anthony, Lee Bridgman, Lucyelle Cliffe, Nicholas Collier, Chris Cowley, Maria Coyne, Matthew Croke, Jeanine Dinger, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, Sheila Grant, Daniel Hope, Lauren James Ray, Jasmine Kerr, Natalie McQueen, Oliver Metzler, Scott Monello, Rachel Muldoon, Sam Salter, Joe Toland, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Liam Wrate.

DiNoia began her association with Wicked in 2006 and has subsequently performed the role of Elphaba to huge acclaim across North America in the national tour, in both the Broadway and Chicago productions, and internationally in Seoul and Sydney. Her West End debut will mark the fourth country and sixth company of Wicked in which she will have performed the role.

In a statement DiNoia said, “I am so honoured and excited to be making my West End and UK debut in this incredible role that has been part of my life and career for eight extraordinary years. I look forward to working with Savannah Stevenson and the amazing London company."

U.K. executive producer Michael McCabe added, “We are all delighted that Jennifer DiNoia will now get to add London to the extensive list of cities in North America and around the world in which she has already performed the role of Elphaba to such acclaim. We look forward to welcoming her to the West End production for what looks set to be a very special engagement." DiNoia is appearing with the support of U.K. Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and U.K. Equity.

Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello. The musical is based on the novel "Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West" by Gregory Maguire.

Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

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