‘Best Night Out’ show Wicked gets a recast

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Wicked gets a recast
West End musical Wicked has been voted London’s ‘Best Night Out’ at the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre awards.

Critically acclaimed production enters a fifth year and welcomes four millionth theatregoer while still scooping awards

WICKED has been seen by over four million people in over 2000 performances. From December 12, the cast will be joined by both Matt Willis and Gina Beck at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre.

WICKED tells the story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students. Their adventures in Oz will take them on paths to become Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. The musical is based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, who in turn took influence, characters and a setting from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Matt Willis, playing the role of Fiyero, is best known for being a member of chart-topping BRIT award winners Busted, and more recently for winning the popular ITV show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in 2006. He’s since gone back to his theatre roots however, and has recently starred in both Flashdance and Footloose.

Gina Beck has starred in musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera, The Belle’s Stratagem and Les Misérables, and will be replacing Louise Dearman in the role of Glinda.

Wicked was recently named ‘Best Night Out’ at the prestigious Evening Standard Theatre Awards, presented on Sunday, November 20, 2011 at a star-studded ceremony at The Savoy in London, in the awards ceremony’s first public -voted category. This adds to the multitude of awards the show has already won, including the 2010 Olivier Award for Most Popular Show and the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best West End Show in both 2010 and 2011. It is now one of the top 20 longest running West End musicals of all time.

Other notable cast members include Desmond Barrit as The Wizard, Lillie Flynn as Nessarose, Christopher Howell as Doctor Dillamond and Adam Pettigrew as Boq.

Bookings are being taken until October 27, 2012.

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