Rondi Reed Joins Wicked - March 17

Rondi Reed, who won a Tony Award for her performance in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County, joins the Broadway company of Wicked March 17 at the Gershwin Theatre. Reed previously played the role in the Chicago production of Wicked.

The acclaimed actress joins a cast that includes Nicole Parker as Elphaba, Alli Mauzey as Glinda, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Kevin Kern as Fiyero, Alex Brightman as Boq, Cristy Candler as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.

Wicked won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) and Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee).

The Gershwin Theatre is located in Manhattan at 222 West 51st Street. For more information visit

Why Wicked The Musical?

Wicked The Musical is incredibly popular for many reasons, most of which have to do with the excellent direction, production, design and acting that audiences are treated to when they attend the show. However there are many other elements of the show that are incredibly appealing to audiences of a wide range of ages. One extremely popular theme that runs through the show has to do with the subversiveness of differences, which is most strongly presented in the character of Elphaba. Not only is our heroine’s skin green but her personality is very different from those around her. Her physical difference also makes her look look at the world and others in a way that is set apart from her peers.

As the young Elphaba begins to learn how to interpret her place in Oz, she also shows a remarkable ability to look at things in a way that is very much independent of the society that she grew up in. She does not simply accept what she is told as fact, but judges things based on her own experiences. As Wicked tickets continue to be incredibly popular, this unique and appealing theme that runs through the musical can easily be considered one of the greatest appeals that he story has to theater-goers.

Enjoy Wicked.

Alexia Khadime Will Re-Join Wicked

Alexia Khadime Will Re-Join Wicked as Elphaba replacing Kerry Ellis. Khadime previously took over when Ellis did a stint in the role in the Broadway production. On May 11 Sam Kelly and Natalie Anderson will join the London company of Wicked, which recently celebrated its 1,000th performance at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

Kelly will take over as The Wizard (from Desmond Barrrit), and Anderson will step into the role of Nessarose (succeeding Caroline Keiff). Alexia Khadime will also re-join the company as Elphaba on that date, replacing Kerry Ellis.

Current cast ensemble members Alex Jessop and David Stoller will, respectively, succeed Jeremy Legat and Andy Mace as Boq and Doctor Dillamond. Dianne Pilkington (Glinda), Oliver Tompsett (Fiyero), Harriet Thorpe (Madame Morrible), Ahsleigh Gray (standby for Elphaba) and Sarah Earnshaw (standby for Glinda) have all extended their contracts.

Wicked tickets are currently available in serveral cities worldwide, the longest-running international show, however, is the one currently playing in London at the West End’s Appolo Victoria Theatre.

London fans are excited to soon be welcoming Alexia Khadime back for the role of Elphaba in Wicked.