Wicked — Die Hexen Von Oz Flies into Germany Nov. 15

News   Wicked — Die Hexen Von Oz Flies into Germany Nov. 15
Willemijn Verkaik is the green-faced Elphaba, and Lucy Scherer portrays the curly-locked Glinda in Wicked — Die Hexen Von Oz, which begins performances at Stuttgart's Palladium Theatre Nov. 15.
Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba.
Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba.

The German-language production of the international hit musical also features Mark Seibert as Fiyero, Carlo Lauber as Der Zauberer von Oz, Angelika Wedekind as Madame Akaber, Nicole Radeschnig as Nessarose, Stefan Stara as Moq and Michael Günther as Dr. Dillamonth. The ensemble comprises Paul Boereboom, Alan Byland, Alessandro Cococcia, Cosimo de Bartolomeo, Belinda Jean Edwards, Emma Hunter, Kisha Howard, Michael Kargus, Jessica Lantto, Jimmy Laremore, Valerie Link, Artur Molin, Jens Simon Petersen, Stefan Poslovski, Barbara Schmid, Lanie Sumalinog, Francesca Taverni and Roberta Valentini.

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.

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. Joe Mantello directed.

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