Friday, 31 July 2015

Broadway actor Tom McGowan to star in West End production of Wicked for limited run; full new cast announced

It has been announced that Tom McGowan (pictured right) will star as The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre for a limited run from 21st September 2015 until Saturday 12th March 2016.

McGowan has been playing The Wizard in various North American productions of Wicked to great acclaim since 2009, including three separate engagements at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway.

As previously announced, from Monday 21st September 2015, Wicked will star: Emma Hatton (Elphaba), Savannah Stevenson (Glinda), Oliver Savile (Fiyero), Liza Sadovy (Madame Morrible), Sean Kearns (Doctor Dillamond), Daniel Hope (Boq), Katie Rowley Jones (Nessarose), Natalie Andreou (Standby for Elphaba) and Carina Gillespie (Standby for Glinda).

Continuing in the ensemble are: Chloe Ames, Nicholas Collier, Laura Emmitt, Kerry Enright, Joseph Fletcher, Rosie Fletcher, Sheila Grant, Lauren James Ray, Natalie McQueen, Jasmine Kerr, Scott Monello, Hannah Toy, Russell Walker and Joe Toland

Joining the ensemble are: Freya Field, David Gale, Sergio Giacomelli, Chester Hayes, Aaron Jenkins, Billy Mitchell,  Kane Oliver Parry, Steph Parry, Julienne Schembri, Paulo Teixeira, and Helen Woolf.

McGowan's other Broadway credits include ‘Bessie’ in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, directed by Joe Mantello; ‘Amos Hart’ in Chicago; Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, adapted by David Hare and the original production of David Hirson’s La BĂȘte (Tony® and Drama Desk Award nominations, Best Actor in a Play).

Off-Broadway, he won an OBIE Award for his performance as ‘Otto’ in Nicky Silver’s The Food Chain. His many television appearances include recurring roles as KACL Station Manager ‘Kenny Daly’ in Frasier; ‘Bernie’ in Everybody Loves Raymond and ‘Joe’ in The War at Home; and guest starring roles in Veep; Modern Family; Desperate Housewives; Brothers & Sisters; CSI; Hot in Cleveland; ER and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Films include The Birdcage; Heavyweights; Ghost World; Bad Santa; As Good As It Gets; Bean; The Family Man; Twelve and Holding and Sleepless in Seattle.

McGowan said: “I am thrilled to be invited to make my West End stage debut in Wicked playing the role that has been such a huge and fulfilling part of my career on Broadway and across North America at various times since 2009. I look forward to meeting and working with the amazing London cast.”

Executive Producer (UK) Michael McCabe said: “We are absolutely delighted that the wonderful Tom McGowan will be recreating his acclaimed Broadway performance as The Wizard in the West End production of Wicked, and we very much look forward to welcoming him to the Apollo Victoria Theatre in September.”

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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