With an extensive cast changed scheduled for May 2009, rumours are already circulating concerning Wicked’s new principal players.
Kerry Ellis returns to the role of Elphaba on Monday 1 December 2008 to play out the last six months before the cast overhaul, having played the role on Broadway since June this year. Her London position was taken over by Alexia Khadime, and when plans for a cast change were announced, it was widely assumed that Alexia would return.
However, it has now been suggested that the new London Elphaba will be Carmen Cusack, who currently stars in the US touring production of Wicked and has proved to be one of the most well received Elphabas to date. Carmen was previously the standby to Lisa Brescia’s Elphaba in the Chicago production and took over the tour position from Victoria Matlock in November 2007. Carmen will be replaced by tour standby Donna Vivino.
With a number of US theatre credits under her belt, Texan Carmen is also no stranger to the West End stage, having previously appeared in the RSC’s The Secret Garden at the Aldwych and as Fantine Les Misérables at the Queens.
The current London cast of Wicked will play their last performance and a new bunch of principals will take over on Monday 4 May 2009. Cast changes for Wicked are considered a very big deal worldwide by the show’s enormous following, and if a well established and popular US Elphaba steps onto the Apollo Victoria stage, we can probably expect the biggest one yet.
Wicked tickets continue to sell phenomenally well, and in revenue terms, it is London’s number one show this year.
Published: 07/11/2008 14:16:24