Friday, 8 August 2014

FIRST LOOK: Kerry Ellis returns to the London Production of WICKED

Kerry Ellis returns to the London production of WICKED after 5 years, she olds the title of not only the original Elphaba but the only British performer to transfer from the London production to Broadway. She comes in as a replacement to Willemijn Verkaik after she departed the production in order to have surgery to address an ongoing back condition.

Kerry Ellis said: "It is an absolute thrill for me to be returning to this amazing show and the incredible role of Elphaba that is so very special to me. I can't wait to be green again and join this fantastic cast".

Michael McCabe, Executive Producer of Wicked said: "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back the incredible Kerry Ellis to the role that won her awards both in the West End and on Broadway for a very special limited season."

Kerrys credits include West End Men (Vaudiville Theatre), Tell me on a Sunday (RCCL), War of the Worlds (Arena Tour), Mimi in Rent (20th Anniversary Concert UK tour), Nancy in Oliver! (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Fantine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre), Ellen in Miss Saigon (UK Tour), My Fair Lady (National Theatre and Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Merry We Roll Along (Yvonne Aenaud Theatre), Magic of the Musicals (UK Tour), Svetlana Sergievsky in Chess In Concert (Royal Albert Hall), Godspell (Palace Theatre, Mancester), Children of Eden (Prince of Wales Theatre), West End Men (Vaudeville Theatre) and Beth in The War of the Worlds - The New Generation (UK Tour). Some of her solo concerts include Kerry Ellis Sings the Great British Songbook (Shaw Theatre), Anthems (Royal Albert Hall and UK Tour), An Audience with Kerry Ellis (Shaw Theatre), The Born Free Tour (UK Tour) and Kerry Ellis in Concert (London Palladium). She has released three solo recordings; Wicked in Rock (2008), Anthems (2010) and Acoustic by Candlelight (2013).

She joins Savannah Stevenson (Glinda)Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero)Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible),  Martyn Ellis (The Wizard)Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond);Sam Lupton (Boq)Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose)Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba)Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda),Florence AndrewsKyle AnthonyWilliam BozierOliver BreninLauren BrookePhilippa BuxtonPhilip CatchpoleAisling DuffySamuel EdwardsKerry EnrightMichelle FrancisJacqueline HughesMelissa JacquesMarc McBrideStacey McGuireNatalie McQueenGreg Miller BurnsTom MuggeridgeRachel MuldoonSean ParkinsCharlie StempLauren StroudLindsay TaylorJustin ThomasHannah ToyMatt TurnerRussell Walker and Jenny Wickham.

Kerry Ellis will not be appearing in Wicked on Tuesday 19 August, Saturday 27 September, Thursday 2 October - Friday 10 October, Tuesday 14 - Thursday 16 October and Saturday 18 October due to her concert appearances.

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