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Friday, 29 August 2014

NIKKI DAVIS JONES pulls out of WICKED tour and will no longer transfer to West End production

Nikki Davis-Jones, who has been starring in the UK Tour of Wicked, has had to withdraw from the production with immediate effect and will not now take over the role of Elphaba in the West End from 27 October 2014 as previously announced.

Jemma Alexander will play Elphaba for the remainder of the engagement at the Birmingham Hippodrome. Ashleigh Gray takes over the role, as previously announced, from 16 September 2014 at the Liverpool Empire and for the remainder of the UK Tour. A further casting announcement will be made about the London production in due course.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

15 of the Hottest Women in the West End

Samantha Barks 

Samantha is best known for playing the role of Eponine in the hugely successful film Les Miserables. She was brought to the attention of the public on the TV show I'd Do Anything, the reality programme that would find the woman to play Nancy in the revival of Oliver! Since then she has starred as Eponine in Les Miserables (Queens Theatre & 25th Anniversary concert), Sally Bowls in Cabaret (National tour), Nancy in Oliver! (National tour) & Velma Kelly in Chicago (Hollywood Bowl). She will next appear in The City of Angels at the Donmar Warehouse from December. @SamanthaBarks

Savannah Stevenson

Savannah is currently playing the role of Glinda in the West End production of Wicked. Savannah first made the headlines when she was thrown on with no rehearsal in the West End production of Gone With the Wind. The actress playing the role went off sick after opening night and Savannah stepped in the next day. Her other credits include Ensemble & covering the title role in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre), Cinderella in Simply Cinderella (Curve Theatre), Martha in The Secret Garden (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Ensemble in Aspects of Love (Menier Chocolate Factory) & Sybil in Chariots of Fire (Hampstead & Gielgud Theatre). @SavannahSt


Monday, 30 June 2014

Nikki Davis Jones will take over as Elphaba in WICKED London, further casting announced

WICKED, the award-winning musical that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that Nikki Davis-Jones, who is currently winning rave reviews for her performance as Elphaba in the record-breaking UK tour of Wicked, will join the London production from Monday 27 October 2014. Also joining the cast are Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible) and Philip Childs(Doctor Dillamond). 

Willemijn Verkaik (Elphaba), Sue Kelvin (Madame Morrible) and Paul Clarkson (Doctor Dillamond) will all play their final performances on Saturday 25 October 2014. 

Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Jeremy Taylor (Fiyero), Martyn Ellis (The Wizard), Sam Lupton (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Emma Hatton (Standby Elphaba) and Sophie Linder-Lee (Standby Glinda) all continue in their roles. 

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Wicked the Musical: Theatre Review

Wicked the musical opened on Broadway in 2003 with productions in Los Angeles, Japan, Chicago, Germany and Australia.
The London production opened in 2006 with Original Broadway cast member, Idina Menzel. The story follows Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West (Elphaba) before Dorothy arrived in Oz. The musical comes from Gregory Maguire, the story explains why everything is the way it is in the land of Oz. It explains why Glinda is good, why the Witch is wicked, why the scarecrow has no brain, why the Lion is cowardly, why the tin man has no heart and everything thinkable in The Wizard of Oz is included in Wicked.
I recently made a trip back to the Apollo Victoria Theatre to see the show again, the show has everything that a musical should have, and it's universal. The balance between the humour and the emotional sides of the show are brilliant, it's a show that includes every emotion. It also has appeal to everyone, for children this show would be a fantastic spectacle and for adults it's an interesting insight to their favourite childhood story. I recently saw the show on September 24thand it was one of the best performances I've seen from the Wicked Company. This is because we have a few understudies on, two of which it was only their third show on.

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