The musical tells the "untold story" of the Witches of Oz -- popular blonde Glinda, aka the Good Witch of the North, and her spin-victim friend Elphaba -- who were both immortalized in the 1939 film classic The Wizard of Oz. The musical, which opened at the Apollo Victoria in September 2007 after success on Broadway, has a book by Winnie Holtzman, based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It is directed by Joe Mantello.
Mead will be preceded from March 29 to May 8 by Lewis Bradley, who competed with him on Any Dream Will Do and, like Mead, also went on to star in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Both men will star opposite another BBC reality TV star, Rachel Tucker, from I'd Do Anything, who is the new Elphaba opposite new Glinda, Louise Dearman, beginning March 29.Other new cast members from March 29 announced today are: Clive Carter (the Wizard), Julie Legrand (Madam Morrible), Cassandra Compton (Nessarose), Julian Forsyth (Doctor Dillamond), George Ure (Boq), and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba standby), with original London cast member Sarah Earnshaw continuing as Glinda standby.
The full cast will also include: Alex Louize Bird, Gareth Chart, Joe Colasanti, Emma Green, Lauren James Ray, Shirley Jameson, Daniel Jones, Jasmine Kerr, Matt Krzan, Sophie Linder-Lee, Danny Mac, Lucy Newton, Sauri Oda, Sean Parkins, Soeli Parry, Michelle Pentecost, Paul Saunders, Niall Sheehy, Tommy Sherlock, Thomas Sutcliffe, Jennifer Tierney, Hannah Toy, Stevie Tate-Bauer, Jack Wilcox, and Sam Wilmott.For more information, visit www.whatsonstage.com.