Idina Menzel, star of the original Broadway production of Wicked will recreate her role in London


Idina Menzel, star of the original Broadway production of Wicked will recreate her role in London

Idina Menzel, star of the original Broadway production of Wicked will recreate her role making her West End debut as 'Elphaba' at Apollo Victoria Theatre opening 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sept 2006 - booking to 24 Feb 2007.

Idina Menzel, who won the 2004 Tony Award for 'Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical' for "Wicked", will perform the role until the New Year.

Idina Menzel has a diverse career on stage, in films and in music. Her theatre credits include Rent at the Nederlander Theatre; the Manhattan Theater Club’s Off-Broadway original musical The Wild Party; the role of Dorothy in Summer of 42 at Goodspeed, and starred as Amneris in Broadway's Aida. Her film credits include Ask The Dust, Summer of Sam, Just a Kiss, Kissing Jessica Stein, Tollbooth and Water. Idina writes and performs her own music. Her CD of original music, Here, was independently released on her Zel Records label and produced by Jamey Jaz for Opopp Entertainment.

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costumes by Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner, sound by Tony Meola, orchestrations by William David Brohn, musical staging by Wayne Cilento and is directed by Joe Mantello.

Two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, feisty and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very, very popular. WICKED is the story of these two unlikely friends and how they end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Winner of fifteen major awards, including the Grammy and three Tonys, WICKED has played to over 1.5 million people since opening at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway in October 2003. The musical is also playing in Chicago and on a North American tour.

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