Wicked Original Cast – Where Are They Now?

It was over five years ago that Wicked took up residency at the Apollo Victoria Theatre, and it has been a West End fixture ever since. We thought we’d check in to see what the original West End stars have been up to.

Idina Menzel (Elphaba)

Fast becoming a Broadway legend, Idina Menzel was the highest paid female performer in the West End during her run in Wicked and won a WhatOnStage Award for her performance. She became a series regular on Glee in 2010 as Shelby Corcoran, a rival glee club coach who turns out to be Rachel Berry (Lea Michele)’s biological mother. She’s regularly returned to London, including her one night only concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a concert version of Chess alongside her Wicked standby, Kerry Ellis, both at the Royal Albert Hall.

Here’s a duet with Menzel and Ellis from the Chess concert at the Royal Albert Hall:

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Helen Dallimore (Glinda)

Australian actress Helen Dallimore originated the role of Glinda in the West End. Though she turned down the chance to reprise the role in the original Melbourne production, she has returned to the Australian stage several times, including appearances in Spring Awakening and Boeing Boeing. Her subsequent London roles include the Witch in the Open Air Theatre Regent’s Park production of Into the Woods, and Mrs. Ernest Hemingway in Too Close to the Sun, a critical flop which closed in the West End after just two weeks.

Adam Garcia (Fiyero)

Fellow Aussie, Adam Garcia, played Fiyero in the original West End production. He first played the part alongside Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in a 2002 workshop of Wicked. Since leaving the cast, he appeared in dance revue Tap Dogs in the West End and its subsequent Sydney production. This led to him earning a seat on the judging panel of reality TV show Got to Dance alongside Kimberly Wyatt of the Pussycat Dolls and Ashley Banjo of Diversity. He has appeared on the hit show since 2010.

Here he judges The Future as part of the 2012 auditions:

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Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose)

Katie Rowley Jones appeared in a number of West End and touring productions, including Grease, The Rocky Horror Show, and Whistle Down the Wind. After playing Nessarose in Wicked, she went on to originate the role of Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act, a part that won her rave reviews.

Miriam Margolyes (Madame Morrible)

BAFTA-winner Miriam Margolyes has had a long and distinguished career in film and television. After playing Madame Morrible in the West End run of Wicked, she went on to play the role on Broadway. Her film and television appearances since leaving the show include Merlin, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. She is currently filming My Mother’s Curse, a comedy to be released later this year starring Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand. Visit her official website for full information and a detailed biography.

Martin Ball (Photo by Christopher Gough)

Martin Ball (Doctor Dillamond)

After originating the role of Doctor Dillamond in the West End, Martin Ball went on to a number of West End productions, including Mamma Mia!, Absent Friends,  and Les Misérables. He played Mr. Banks in the UK tour of Mary Poppins and was awarded a TMA Theatre Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Touring Musical. He played Horace in the original production of Top Hat and will reprise the role when it opens in the West End in May.

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