At the press conference for Wicked Manila, we sat down with the resident director Leigh Constantine and musical director Dave Rose of the show’s touring production, which comes all the way from the UK.
We learned that over 3,000 people auditioned for this particular production of Wicked, and the company is made up of a measly 31 people (which is in no way a small number for a big musical like Wicked). There were many actors that auditioned who had the talent and even ‘the look’ to play these roles, but only a few really had that charisma, or as Constantine puts it: “a little extra something”. She also told us a little bit about her role as resident director, which is essentially to maintain the quality of the show, originally directed by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello. Constantine also revealed some of the changes made for this touring production, which include simplifying some elements in order to make the production easier to take around the world; and though she didn’t want to give away too much and spoil the show, she did tell us that there will be more flying.
The press was also treated to two numbers from the show, which allowed us a sneak peek at the performances of leading ladies Jacqueline Hughes (Elphaba) and Carly Anderson (Glinda), as well as the ensemble. Watch our video below to see the cast of the international touring production of Wicked performing One Short Day and For Good.
The international touring production of Wicked will be running at The Theatre at Solaire until March 12, 2017.
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