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Cast change for Wicked the Musical from 12 Dec 2011
Gina Beck and Matt Willis to star as Glinda and Fiyero respectively. Desmond Barrit is returning to the show to play The Wizard. Also joining the cast are Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq).
Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) and Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible) remain in the cast.
Matt Willis (Fiyero) first shot to fame as a member of the chart-topping, band Busted. In 2006 he won the show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. He has subsequently made several TV appearances, many alongside his wife, presenter Emma Willis. Matt made his West End debut as ‘Nick Hurley’ in Flashdance. He most recently starred as ‘Chuck’ in the UK national tour of Footloose.
Gina Beck (Glinda) recently finished a two-year season starring as ‘Christine Daaé’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera at London's Her Majesty’s Theatre. She made her West End debut in 2006 as ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables at the Queens Theatre and recently performed in the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2. Gina is currently starring in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Southwark Playhouse.
Wicked The Musical, which opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep, is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman
Directed by Joe Mantello, produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone, designed by Eugene Lee, sound by Tony Meola, costumes by Susan Hilferty, Orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento, lighting by Kenneth Posner.
Wicked recently played its 2000th performance and has now been seen by almost 4 million people since its West End premiere in 2006.
Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire that re-imagined the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.
Wicked Tickets are currently on sale