Rachel Tucker & Louise Dearman cast in Wicked 29 March
Other cast changes will be announced shortly.
Rachel Tucker, who came 4th on the reality BBC1 series I'd Do Anything, has most recently been co-presenting The Friday Show with Eamonn Holmes for BBC Northern Ireland. She has just finished playing Meat in the Queen/Ben Elton musical "We Will Rock You" at the Dominion Theatre.
Louise Dearman recently played Eva Peron in the UK national tour of Evita. In the West End she appeared in "Guys and Dolls" at the Piccadilly Theatre and starred as Sarah Brown in the subsequent UK national tour.
WICKED opened at the Apollo Victoria Theatre 27 Sep 2006, following previews from 7 Sep - to reasonable notices from the popular press: THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Remarkable kaleidoscope of magical shocks, surprises and sensations. Wicked works like a dream."THE INDEPENDENT says, "I enjoyed very little. " THE GUARDIAN says, "Efficient, knowing and highly professional but more like a piece of industrial product than something that genuinely touches the heart or mind." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "Witty, enjoyable" THE TIMES says, "Songs bang out, along with iffy lyrics and not-so-witty dialogue."
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Winnie Holzman.
It is directed by Joe Mantello, 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.
The production celebrated its 1000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre on 14 February 2009 and welcomed its 2 millionth theatregoer on 11 May 2009 and is currently taking bookings to 30 Oct 2010.
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.
Wicked tickets are now on sale