Menzel to Depart London Wicked in December; Ellis Begins in January

News   Menzel to Depart London Wicked in December; Ellis Begins in January
Idina Menzel, who is currently reprising her Tony-winning work as Elphaba in the London production of Wicked, will play her final performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre Dec. 30.

Idina Menzel in Wicked.
Idina Menzel in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus

The West End company, which also features Helen Dallimore as Glinda, will welcome its new Elphaba, Kerry Ellis, Jan. 1, 2007. Ellis, who is currently Menzel's standby, played Fantine in Les Misérables at the Queen's Theatre and Ellen in the national tour of Miss Saigon. She created the role of Meat in the London cast of We Will Rock You and has also been seen in productions of My Fair Lady and Merrily We Roll Along.

The hit Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical has also extended its booking period until June 30, 2007. Tickets for this new block of seats — Feb. 26-June 30, 2007 — will go on sale Dec. 3.

Wicked features a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. 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, dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and musical supervision-direction by Gareth Valentine.

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.

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