WICKED Tour to Welcome Three New Stars This Month in Michigan
The Wicked tour will welcome Tony Award-nominee and Drama Desk Award-winner Isabel Keating as Madame Morrible, Fred Applegate as The Wizard and Andy Mientus ("Smash") as Boq, beginning Tuesday, November 22nd at Wharton Center in East Lansing.
Isabel Keating (Madame Morrible) is new to the Wicked family. She garnered a Tony Award nomination and won the Drama Desk Award for playing Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz. On Broadway, Keating has also starred in Hairspray, Enchanted April, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and It's Only A Play. She won the Helen Hayes Award for her performance in Tom Stoppard's Indian Ink at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. Her television credits include "The Path," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and the Emmy Award-winning "Judy Garland: By Myself."
Fred Applegate takes over as The Wizard after having played the role on Broadway last year. Applegate's other Broadway credits include Tuck Everlasting, The Last Ship, Sister Act, La Cage aux Folles, Young Frankenstein and The Producers, to name a few. On tour, he has starred in Anything Goes, The Producers and Beauty and the Beast, and has had recurring roles in television's "The Cosby Show," "Night Court" and "Growing Pains."
Andy Mientus (Boq) is best known for his role as Kyle Bishop in the hit television series "Smash." Most recently, Mientus starred in the Deaf West Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Spring Awakening and the 2014 Broadway revival of Les Miserables. He has had recurring roles on television's "The Flash" (CW), "Chasing Life" (ABC Family) and "Anger Management" (FX).
The current touring company also features Jessica Vosk (Elphaba), Amanda Jane Cooper (Glinda), Chad Jennings (Doctor Dillamond), Kristen Martin (Nessarose), Jeremy Woodard (Fiyero) and Emily Schultheis (Standby for Elphaba), with Allison Bailey, Kerry Blanchard, Giovanni Bonaventura, JillIan Butler, Laurel Cannon, Jordan Casanova, Michael Di Liberto, Michael Drolet, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Anthony Festa, Lisa Finegold, Napoleon W. Gladney, Dominic Giudici, Lauren Haughton, Garett Hawe, Kelly Lafarga, Melissa Legaspi, Chase Madigan, Olivia Polci, Anthony Sagaria, Wayne Schroder, Tregoney Shepherd, Ben Susak, Jeremy Thompson, Nyla Watson, Michael Williams and Justin Wirick.
Isabel Keating, Fred Applegate and Andy Mientus will join the Wicked Tour in conjunction with its 3rd playing week in East Lansing. The engagement runs through Sunday, November 27. Tickets are available at Wharton Center's official ticketing outlets: online at whartoncenter.com, at the Auto-Owners Insurance Ticket Office at Wharton Center, or by calling 1-800-WHARTON.
The Broadway sensation, Wicked, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked."
With a thrilling score that includes the hits "Defying Gravity," "Popular" and "For Good," Wicked has been hailed by The New York Times as "the defining musical of the decade," and by Time Magazine as "a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage."
Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, and Brazil) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.