Like many UK Kristin fans, I saw Wicked when it opened back in 2006, subsequently listened to the Broadway recording and fell in love with the cast. I then entered an obsessive phase where I watched all Kristin videos, listened to every song she’d ever sung, read every interview she’d done and was generally that annoying fan that could talk about nothing else.
What were the headlines that got readers clicking most last month? Any surprises? Here are our Top 10 News stories from September 2017.
Wicked is delighted to announce that Amy Ross (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Emily Shaw (Nessarose), Iddon Jones (Boq) and Nikki Bentley (Standby for Elphaba) will join the previously announced Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero) to lead the cast of the forthcoming return engagement of the UK & Ireland Tour in 2018.
Verkaik’s vocals were flawless throughout the informal evening and it’s no wonder that she’s been entrusted with one of the most vocally challenging roles in the canon, across the globe, for nearly a decade.
If you’ve ever wanted singing tips from a West End star, then this series of posts is the one for you! This post is courtesy of the wonderful Kerry Ellis who will soon be starring as Eve in the tour of the new show, Heaven on Earth.
An evening at Symphony Hall is one never to be missed, it’s one of my favourite venues. An evening in the company of musical theatre and film star, Idina Menzel, was also an evening full of promise.
If you’re a theatre fan then I’m sure you’ve heard of Idina Menzel. The last time she played the glorious Royal Albert Hall, she was known among the theatre community for creating the roles of Maureen in Rent and Elphaba in Wicked but since then has reached a stratospheric level of fame.
This long running West End production is still as dramatic and fun as it was when it first opened almost eleven years ago. Putting a fascinating twist onto the original story The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Wicked is (as the poster proclaims) the untold story of the witches of Oz and is filled with fun and magic that is still captivating audiences.
Rachel Tucker is a superstar of the stage and is currently on a long awaited tour around the UK before heading to New York for a stint at the iconic 54 Below. Now I knew Rachel’s voice was good from the I’d Do Anything days, videos online and of course from seeing her in Wicked but I was completely blown away when I saw her solo performance last night.
Rachel Tucker is basically theatrical royalty, with a an impressive resume, an incredible voice and an extremely dedicated following. Currently touring the UK and about to start her second stint at the Zedel in London, Rachel was lovely enough to discuss what we can expect in her concerts, how she stays motivated, her dream role and much more.
Alice Fearn and Sophie Evans take over as Elphaba and Glinda in the long-running West End production of WICKED from 24 July 2017.
West End musicals Kinky Boots and Wicked have both announced new booking periods.
WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to confirm that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the UK & Ireland in 2018.
As part of the hour-long Coq-Tales on Thursday 13 October 2016, I got to chat to two incredible West End leading ladies, Anna-Jane Casey and Emma Hatton, both of whom have their own cabaret shows at Brasserie Zedel this month. Anna-Jane’s immediately followed our chat last week while Emma returns with her Eva Cassidy tribute Songbird on 27 and 28 October.
WICKED, the award-winning West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is pleased to welcome back Willemijn Verkaik as ‘Elphaba’ and Sue Kelvin as ‘Madame Morrible’ from Monday 30 January 2017. Sarah McNicholas will also join the cast as ‘Nessarose’ on the same date.
The hit West End production of Wicked is now booking until 4 November 2017, it has been announced as the new cast begin performances in the show.
Gypsy will deﬁnitely go down as one of my career highlights! It was one of those extraordinary moments when the planets aligned and every element came together gloriously.
WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is proud to announce that, from Monday 5 September 2016, the new cast that will lead the award-winning show through its 10th birthday celebrations at the Apollo Victoria Theatre will include: Rachel Tucker, who will return to the London production direct from a triumphant run on Broadway to play Elphaba; Suzie Mathers, who joins from the Australian production to star as Glinda; Oliver Savile, who continues as Fiyero; Anita Dobson, who joins to play Madame Morrible; Mark Curry, who continues as The Wizard; original cast member Martin Ball, who returns to play Doctor Dillamond; original cast member Katie Rowley Jones, who continues as Nessarose and Idriss Kargbo, who joins to play Boq. Alice Fearn will be Standby for Elphaba and Carina Gillespie continues as Standby for Glinda.
WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to announce the opening of its 21st new booking period, on Monday 1 February 2016 at 10am, with over 500,000 new tickets going on sale for performances until Saturday 29 April 2017.
It has been an exciting year for Upstaged Manchester and I feel blessed and nostalgic as I remember the productions that have lifted my heart, helped me to question and generally captivated me this year. Here is a list of my theatrical highlights for 2015.