Yet more theatre related news for you my thespian chums – Lee Mead is going to be staring as Fiyero in the West End production of Wicked (Apollo Victoria) from Monday 10th May onwards.
Quite a good casting choice in my opinion, he looks the part and has a voice that would be right for the part. He’s not enough to sell the show to me simply for being in it, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down a seat just because he was!
Official email from the producers below:
We are pleased to reveal that Lee Mead will be joining WICKED London as Fiyero from Monday 10 May 2010!
Lee has had plenty of experience as a West End leading man having wowed audiences and critics alike in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Adelphi Theatre, for which he won the Variety Club Award for ‘Outstanding New Talent’! Among his other theatre appearances are The Phantom of the Opera (West End), The Who’s Tommy (UK tour), Miss Saigon (UK tour) and the UK tour of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!
Lee is currently playing the title role in Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime on UK tour until 24 April 2010 and has revealed in a statement that:
‘I’m really excited to be returning to the West End in this incredible musical. Fiyero is a fantastic part and I’m looking forward to joining Rachel Tucker, Louise Dearman and the brilliant new cast at the Apollo Victoria Theatre’
Also joining the WICKED London ranks is Clive Carter as The Wizard and Julie Legrand as Madame Morrible, both of whom will have very important roles to play in the destinies of Elphaba and Glinda, to be played by the previously announced Rachel Tucker and Louise Dearman. Joining the rest of the sorcery students at Shiz University will be Cassandra Compton as Elphaba’s sister Nessarose and Julian Forsyth as the their favourite teaching goat, Doctor Dillamond!
We are also VERY pleased to announce that George Ure will assume the fulltime role of Boq having gained a HUGE FAN FOLLOWING understudying the role for the past year! Fellow fan favourite Sarah Earnshaw will continue her goodwill witching as Standby Glinda to be accompanied by new Standby Elphaba Nikki Davis-Jones! Keep an eye on the WICKED London website for details of the full new company!
The new cast will play their VERY FIRST performance on Monday 29 March 2010 (Lewis Bradley will take on the role of Fiyero until Saturday 8 May)