WICKED – Now at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre

New company looks to an over the rainbow open-ended engagement

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

The much anticipated San Francisco return of the Stephen Schwartz musical WICKED opens tonight for an open-ended engagement at the Orpheum Theatre. This is the third production to come riding on a broomstick through our emerald City, having hosted its 2003 premiere Broadway try-out before casting its spell on New York audiences. The musical went on to win 20 major awards, including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. Having just celebrated its 5th Anniversary on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed over $1.3 billion and have been seen by over 16 million people worldwide. Four productions are currently whizzing around the world. The London production opened in September 2006 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. The Japanese-language production opened the following year on June 17th in Tokyo. On November 15th, 2007 a German-language production opened in Stuttgart and an Australian production opened last July in Melbourne.

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TEAL WICKS (Elphaba) and KENDRA KASSEBAUM (Glinda).
Photo, Joan Marcus

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Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento, Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Set designs are by Tony Award winner Eugene Lee, costumes by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting by Kenneth Posner and sound by Tony Meola. The orchestrations are by William David Brohn, with dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One was born with emerald-green skin, and is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very-very popular. The musical journeys through an odyssey of how two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

Teal Wicks will play the role of Elphaba. Born and raised in Sacramento, the California native made her WICKED debut earlier this year playing the role of Elphaba in the Los Angeles production. Teal has also been seen in the National Tour of Pippin (Catherine), NY City Center Encores! Stairway to Paradise (dir. Jerry Zaks), NY premiere of Fahrenheit 451 (Clarisse), World Premiere of Turandot, Rumble for the Ring (Turandot) at Bay Street Theatre, 1776 (Martha) and Pippin (Catherine) both at the Goodspeed Opera House.

Kendra Kassebaum, who will play Glinda, comes directly from playing the role in the Broadway production. Kendra received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for her portrayal of Glinda in the North American Tour of WICKED. Most recently, Kendra wrapped the film Love and Other Impossible Pursuits directed by Don Roos opposite Natalie Portman and Lisa Kudrow and starred off-Broadway in The Receptionist at Manhattan Theatre Club. She created the role of Sam in the workshop production of Leap of Faith directed by Taylor Hackford. On Broadway, she was seen in the Tony Award-winning production of Assassins directed by Joe Mantello and Rent. Tours include A Chorus Line and Grease. Regional credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT, Ordway, Florida Stage and the St. Louis MUNY. Recordings include the Grammy-nominated cast album of Assassins.

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CAROL KANE (Madame Morrible) and DAVID GARRISON (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz). Photo, Joan Marcus

Carol Kane, who will playing the role of Madame Morrible, is a two-time Emmy Award-winner for TV’s “Taxi.” Her feature films include The Princess Bride, Annie Hall, Dog Day Afternoon and Hester Street, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award. David Garrison playing The Wizard is best known for TV’s “Married With Children,” Broadway’s Titanic and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in The Ukraine, for which he received a Tony Award nomination. WICKED also stars Nicolas Dromard as Fiyero, Tom Flynn as Doctor Dillamond, Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose, and Eddy Rioseco as Boq.

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WICKED casts its spell over SF City Hall.
Photo, Cece Hugo

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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