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Christine Dwyer & Billy Harrigan Tighe Join The North American WICKED Tour from Today, 5/2

The company of the second North American tour of WICKED welcomes Christine Dwyer as Elphaba and Billy Harrigan Tighe as Fiyero today, May 2 in Durham, NC.

Dwyer returns to WICKED after touring as the understudy and standby for Elphaba on this tour for two years. After graduating with a BFA from the Hartt School of Music, she toured the US, Canada, and Japan playing Maureen in RENT. NYC/Regional productions include Tommy, Tinyard Hill, Gypsy and The New Hopeville Comics.

Tighe also returns to WICKED after previously understudying Fiyero on this tour. He comes directly from the First National Tour of La Cage Aux Folles as Jean-Michel and is thrilled to be back in Oz. Other Tour: Dirty Dancing. Regional: Hairspray (Link), Happy Days (Potsie), Footloose (Ren), Dreamgirls (Dave), MUNY & Symphony concerts across North America.

Dwyer and Tighe join a cast that includes Tiffany Haas as Glinda, Marilyn Caskey as Madame Morrible and Paul Kreppel as The Wizard.

The company also features Catherine Charlebois (Nessarose), Dan Pacheco (Boq), Timothy Britten Parker (Dr. Dillamond) and Stephanie Torns (Standby for Elphaba) with Kerry Blanchard, Michael Drolet, Jeremy Duvall, Anna Eilinsfeld, Peter C. Ermides, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Samantha Farrow, Natalie Fotopoulos, Linda Griffin, Lauren Haughton, Zach Hensler, KJ Hippensteel, Ryan Jackson, Jillian Kates, Becca Kloha, Sterling Masters, Marissa Miller, Robert Pendilla, Casey Quinn, Michael McCorry Rose, Wayne Schroder, Ben Susak, Erin Wilson and Justin Wirick.

WICKED began performances April 18 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Good seats are still available online at Ticketmaster.com/wicked, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000, at the North Charleston Coliseum Advance Ticket Office or Ticketmaster outlets (including select Publix stores).

Dwyer and Tighe join WICKED in conjunction with the tour’s opening in Durham, NC. WICKED will play May 2-27 at DPAC. Tickets are available online at DPACnc.com or Ticketmaster.com/wicked, at the DPAC Ticket Center: 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC, Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, and Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall and Walmart.

WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt) and book by Winnie Holzman (“My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “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, How To Succeed…). 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.

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