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MORE WICKED CASTING... Miriam Margoyles and Nigel Planer

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Ok this has literaly just been posted on The Stage website Miriam Margoyles will play Maddam Morrible and Nigel Planer will star as the Wizzard. They dont have much info just that Miriam Margoyles plays Profeser Sprout in the Harry Potter films.
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Miriam will be fabulous but Planer? Whatever happened to Ben Vereen? He was telling people at the stagedoor in New York he was coming to London for this! Questions needing answers: - )





It has been confirmed today (5 May) that MIRIAM MARGOLYES will star as ?Madame Morrible? and NIGEL PLANER will star as ?The Wizard? in the forthcoming production of the new musical WICKED, the untold story of the witches of Oz, at London?s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

The award-winning British actress MIRIAM MARGOLYES has made over 40 film appearances including: ‘Professor Sprout’ in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; ‘Nurse’ in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet; Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence, for which she won the BAFTA award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ and Little Dorrit, for which she won the LA Critics’ Circle Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’. Her multiple television appearances include Blackadder I, II and III; ‘Miss Crawley’ in the BBC adaptation of Vanity Fair and, most recently, as the presenter of the 4-part documentary series Dickens In America. Miriam has appeared frequently on stage in the UK, North America and Australia and she has performed her acclaimed one-woman show, Dickens’ Women, all over the world. She is currently starring as ‘Miss Prism’ in The Importance of Being Earnest with Lynn Redgrave in New York. In 2002, Miriam was awarded an OBE for her services to drama.

Actor and writer NIGEL PLANER is a founder member London’s Comedy Store and an original member of The Comic Strip. His West End appearances include Evita (original London cast and theatrical debut); Chicago (original London cast/Amos Hart); Feelgood (George); Alan Ayckbourn’s Man of the Moment and We Will Rock You (original London cast/Pop). Nigel has made numerous television and film appearances including Neil in The Young Ones (plus a number 2 chart hit with ‘Hole in My Shoe’); 3 series of The Grimleys; 3 series of Shine On Harvey Moon; 2 series of King and Castle; Dennis Potter’s Blackeyes; Ralph Filthy in Filthy, Rich and Catflap; ‘The Comic Strip Presents…’; The Supergrass and Eat The Rich. Nigel first created his infamous alter-ego, Nicholas Craig: The Naked Actor, in 1990. He has published several books, including The Right Man and Faking It, and also scripted, and is all the voices for, The New Magic Roundabout.

MIRIAM MARGOLYES and NIGEL PLANER join previously announced IDINA MENZEL, who will recreate her Tony Award-winning Broadway performance as ‘Elphaba’ for a limited season, and ADAM GARCIA, who will play ‘Fiyero’.



www.WickedTheMusical.co.uk





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Love Nigel Planer. Don't know why people don't think he'll be much good though...
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If they are casting Nigel Planer instead of Ben Vereen - good. No offence, but I just didn't like Ben's performance at all. He was too... 'Ben Vereen' in the role! Too much extra dance steps in the middle of dialogue and way too much of that showman-ship to be taken seriously in the role. To me, it was more like "Hey guys, I'm Ben Bereen The Star and I'm supposed to be The Wizard! Check out these moves!!!" He did sing the role VERY well, but the acting was just horrible.

Excited about Margolyes!! I'm sure she'll be great!
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Nigel Planer must have been pretty amazing to say the least at auditions. There must have been a ton of names up for the role of Wizard and if he's the one that was lucky enough to be cast he must have brought something special to the piece...

Maybe he's one of these people that does it better live than on the box. I wish him well: - )
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He was the original Amos in the Chicago revival. Superb in that role and the benchmark for the others that followed him in London.

I am looking forward to seeing what sort of Wizard he comes up with. And fingers crossed that someone like Jim Dale is his replcaement!
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Very intersting casting, especially Miriam Margoyles (a superb idea). As for me Nigel Planer was a surprise that he get the role of "The Wizard"; isn't he too young? I would love to hear Michael Crawford or Anthony Andrews sing "They call me wonderful...", but my first and only choice is George Hearn; such a pro!
All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists. - Stephen Sondheim
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I don't think Planer's age will be a problem. After all, they did use a lot of make-up on Joel Gray in the original Broadway production to make him look more like the part and Grey was older than Planer.

In a way, I'd have liked to see George Hearn to play the part too. His voice suited the role so well! But I'm happy that they cast an actor with no previous experience of the role.