Posted on April 11th, 2013
The company of the first North American tour of WICKED is thrilled to welcome Alison Luff as Elphaba and John Davidson as The Wizard on Tuesday, April 30 in Dallas, TX.
Luff’s Broadway credits include Scandalous (Original Broadway Cast recording) and GHOST the Musical. She was also part of the Broadway and Nat’l Touring companies of Mamma Mia! Luff received a Denver Post Ovation award for Best Supporting Actress in a musical for her portrayal as Olive in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
Davidson has been seen on Broadway in State Fair, Foxy and Oklahoma and Off-Broadway in High Infidelity and The Fantasticks. Davidson’s numerous TV and feature film credits include “That’s Incredible,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “One Hundred Thousand Dollar Pyramid,” “The Tonight Show,” “The John Davidson Daytime Talk Show,” “The Kraft Sum Music Hall,” “The Girl With Something Extra,” The Happiest Millionaire, The One And Only Genuine Original Family Band, Airport 80 and Edward Scissorhands.
Luff and Davidson join a cast that includes Jenn Gambatese as Glinda and Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible.
The company also features Curt Hansen (Fiyero), Demaree Hill (Nessarose), Jesse JP Johnson (Boq), Timothy Britten Parker (Dr. Dillamond) and Laurel Harris (Standby for Elphaba) with Dina Bennett, Lauren Boyd, Kyle Brown, Nirine S. Brown, Antonette Cohen, Rick Desloge, Timothy A. Fitz-Gerald, Adam Fleming, Brenda Hamilton, Courtney Iventosch, Trevor Ryan Krahl, Philip Dean Lightstone, Marissa Lupp, Jonathan McGill, Kevin McMahon, Cassie Okenka, Shayla Osborn, Brandon Rubendall, Christopher Russo, Adea Michelle Sessoms, Sarah Schenkkan, Pamela Shandrow, Ben Susak and Shanna VanDerwerker.
WICKED is currently playing here in Dallas at the Music Hall at Fair Park now through May 5th. Tickets are available at the DSM Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, and all Ticketmaster outlets, or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Orders for groups of 15 or more may be placed by calling 214-426-GROUP. Luff and Davidson will join the tour during its engagement in Dallas, TX.
WICKED, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin, Disney’s Enchanted, Academy Award® winner for Pocahontas and 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.
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One – born with emerald green skin – is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. WICKED tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
WICKED features set design by Tony® Award winning Eugene Lee (Ragtime, Show Boat, Candide, Sweeney Todd), costume design by Tony® winner Susan Hilferty (Spring Awakening, Into the Woods, Assassins), lighting design by Tony nominee Kenneth Posner (Tony® Award winner for The Coast of Utopia, Hairspray) and sound design by Tony Meola (The Lion King). Stephen Oremus is the show’s music director. Orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. WICKED has “cast quite a spell” (Washington Post) throughout North America, breaking box office records in every city that it has played, including Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston to name a few.
WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly. There are currently seven productions worldwide: New York, London, Holland, Japan, Australia/New Zealand and two concurrent North American Tours. Globally, WICKED has amassed over $2.9 billion in ticket sales and has been seen by 36 million people worldwide in its nine year history.
Grammy Award-Winning Cast recording available on Decca Broadway. For more information about WICKED log on to www.wickedthemusical.com.