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EAST LANSING – The company of the second North American tour of "Wicked" will welcome Jeanna de Waal as Glinda on Wednesday, June 27 at Wharton Center. De Waal most recently finished playing the role of Chris Hargensen in the 2012 revival of "Carrie." Previous credits include "American Idiot" (Broadway), "We Will Rock You" (West End), and "The Rocky Horror Show (The Old Globe, San Diego).
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. "Wicked" tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
De Waal joins a cast that includes Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible and Paul Kreppel as The Wizard. The company also features Catherine Charlebois (Nessarose), Timothy Britten Parker (Dr. Dillamond), Billy Harrigan Tighe (Fiyero), Michael Wartella (Boq) and Stephanie Torns (Standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Jane Brockman, Bridie Carroll, Michael Drolet, Anna Eilinsfeld, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Samantha Farrow, Natalie Fotopoulos, Dominic Giudici, Lauren Haughton, Zach Hensler, KJ Hippensteel, Ryan Jackson, Jillian Kates, Becca Kloha, Sterling Masters, Marissa Miller, Dashi' Mitchell, Robert Pendilla, Casey Quinn, Wayne Schroder and Justin Wirick.
"Wicked", with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz ("Godspell," "Pippin") and book by Winnie Holzman ("My So Called Life," "thirtysomething"), is based on the 1995 best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello ("Take Me Out," "Love! Valour! Compassion!," "The Vagina Monologues") and features musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento ("Aida," "The Who's Tommy).
"Wicked", the untold story of the witches of Oz, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. "Wicked" features set design by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee ("Ragtime," 'Sweeney Todd"), costume design by Tony winner Susan Hilferty ("Spring Awakening," "Into the Woods"), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (Tony Award winner for "The Coast of Utopia," "Hairspray") and sound design by Tony Meola ("The Lion King"). Stephen Oremus is the show's music director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott.
"Wicked" arrives at Wharton Center's Cobb Great Hall June 27 through July 8. performances are Tuesday – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. An additional matinee performance is scheduled for Thursday, June 28 at 1:30 p.m. There will also be one performance Monday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.; no performance will be held Wednesday, July 4.
Tickets begin at $38 and are available online at www.whartoncenter.com, the Auto-Owners Ticket Office, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.