Alli Mauzey and Andy Kelso soon will join the cast of the first North American touring version of “Wicked.” Mauzey will be playing the role of Glinda, which she has previously played on both Broadway and in a San Francisco version of the musical. Kelso is best known for playing Sky in “Mamma Mia!” and will play Fiyero in “Wicked.” Both will join the cast September 24 in Tempe Ariz., where the musical currently is playing.
Additional cast members currently with the production are Mamie Parris as Elphaba, Liz McCartney as Madame Morrible and Mark Jacoby as The Wizard. The musical is based on the novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire, which focuses on the early lives of witches Glinda and Elphaba in Oz.
“Wicked” features a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. It is directed by Joe Mantello.
The musical originally opened on Broadway on October 30, 2003, and had previews that began October 8 of that year. A San Francisco preview was held earlier that year, opening on June 10. On the plays eighth anniversary on October 30, 2011, it held its 3,436 performance, and currently it the 13th longest running Broadway show.
A West End production opened on September 27, 2006 after previews that began on September 7. That production also is still running.
The original Broadway show was nominated for 10 Tony Awards in 2004, including Best Musical. It won three of those awards.
Alli Mauzey made her Broadway debut in “Hairspray” in 2003, and is perhaps best known for playing Lenora in the Broadway production of “Cry Baby.” She won a Theatre World Award for her performance in “Cry Baby” and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. In addition to his role in “Mamma Mia!,” Kelso also is known for starring in regional productions of “RENT” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” among others.