Gina Beck & Alison Fraser Join Cast of WICKED National Tour Today
The company of the first North American tour of WICKED welcome Gina Beck as Glinda and Alison Fraser as Madame Morrible today, Monday, December 16 in Chicago, IL. WICKED, Broadway's biggest blockbuster, is playing through December 21 at the Oriental Theatre.
Beck will be making her US debut in WICKED. She comes to the tour directly from the West End production of WICKED where she played Glinda. Other West End credits include: Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera and Cosette in LES MISERABLES. BBC credits include: "Doctors," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Crust." Feature Film credits include Turning Woman 3 and LES MISERABLES.
Fraser is a two-time Tony Award nominee for The Secret Garden and Romance/Romance. Other Broadway credits include Gypsy,Tartuffe, Born Again and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Roles she has originated include Matron in Tennessee Williams's In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Arsinoë in The School for Lies, Sister Walburga in The Divine Sister, Miss Drumgoole in Up Against It, Trina inMarch of the Falsettos and In Trousers and Veronica Bailey on ItCouldBeWorse.tv.
The company also features Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond), Curt Hansen (Fiyero), Jesse JP Johnson (Boq), Jaime Rosenstein (Nessarose) and Laurel Harris (Standby for Elphaba) with Keith A. Bearden, Shayla Beck, Dina Bennett, Kyle Brown, Nirine S. Brown, John Carroll, Rick Desloge, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Adam Fleming, Jenny Florkowski, Lindsay Janisse, Spencer Jones, Sheila Karls, Ryan PatRick Kelly, Trevor Ryan Krahl, Marina Lazzaretto, Alison Leo, Marissa Lupp, Raymond Joel Matsamura, Jonathan McGill, Kevin McMahon, Meredith Miles, Shanon Mari Mills, Cassie Okenka, Brandon Rubendall, Christopher Russo, Pamela Shandrow, Daniel Switzer, Shanna VanDerwerker and Nicky Venditti.
WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell, Disney's Enchanted, Academy Award winner for Pocahontasand 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.