Thursday, October 30, 2014

Flying High on Facebook!

Flying High is now on Facebook!  After the very positive reaction and response to joining twitter about a year ago, I decided to create a Facebook page to continue to spread the word about my site :)  Please go give it a like here!  I would love to see the number of likes continue to rise, I've had such a positive response so far after just a few hours! :)  Thank y'all!

Happy Wicked Day!

Christine Dwyer and Jenni Barber
Happy 11th Birthday to Wicked on Broadway!  On October 30, 2003, this gorgeous show opened at the George Gershwin Theatre on Broadway.  It received mixed reviews from critics, and did not win Best Musical, which could have easily been the end of this beautiful piece.  But 11 years later and it has become a global phenomenon, and out-run every competitor for the 2003 Tony Award for Best Musical by at least half a decade.  Oddly symbolic for a show about being yourself and not letting anyone bring you down.  Last year, Wicked celebrated 10 years on Broadway, and I have never seen such an outpouring of love from cast members and fans alike, and though some may not consider the show's 11th Birthday to be as big a deal, in the words of the 11th actress to play Elphaba on Broadway Mandy Gonzalez, "I'm number 11, so that right there is fabulous."

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kennedy Caughell will join 2nd National Touring Company of Wicked.

Kennedy Caughell will join the 2nd National Tour of Wicked on November 1, 2014.  Caughell will be a member of the ensemble, as well as an understudy for Elphaba.  She replaces Madeline Trumble.  Caughell's credits include American Idiot and White Christmas. Best witches to both of these ladies!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Wicked Divas, Erie PA, Alli Mauzey and Julia Murney!

Last night I had the cool opportunity to see Julia Murney and Alli Mauzey perform in Erie, PA with the Erie Philharmonic.  I have seen Alli Mauzey as Glinda four times, and I was extremely excited to see her perform again.  Julia Murney has always been one of my favorite voices for Elphaba, but I had never seen her live in any capacity.  Having seen Wicked Divas in Buffalo last year (Julie Reiber and Katie Rose Clarke performed that night), I didn't know if I should expect the same show.  While a number of the songs performed did NOT change, the energy with the two fantastic ladies absolutely did.  Murney's vibrato was absolutely stunning, she sounded fantastic singing Defying Gravity and Back to Before (Ragtime), but I found her vocal and comedic chops were showcased best in the showstopper "Ring Them Bells" which was originally performed by Liza Minnelli.   Her voice was robust and emotive, and she had an elegance and grace onstage that could be mirrored by few.  Newly blonde Alli Mauzey was in great form as well.  Her voice is just as incredible as I remember from my last trip to the Gershwin.  She nailed Popular (of course) but really shone singing 'Think of Me' from The Phantom of the Opera.  Her range seems endless.  My favorite moment of hers, however was her singing 'My Heart Will Go On' from Titanic, where she adorably sang less than 50% of the correct words. She covered up extremely well, and still sounded flawless.  And of course the three duets between the two were fantastic. ' For Good' was as beautiful as ever, 'Enough is Enough' by Donna Summer and Barbara Streisand completely rocked the house (and gave the older people something to rock out to) and 'I Will Never Leave You' from Side Show was arguably the best moment the two shared vocally onstage.
Apart from the numbers/songs, the best part of the evening is hearing the two banter back and forth, telling stories, verbalizing introductions for each songs with wit and charm, and just enjoying watching two Broadway Divas get down.  Mauzey/Murney, Reiber/Clarke, Glinda/Elphaba anyone, I recommend seeing this if it comes to your town! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014 Gets a Closer Look at the Winners of the Wicked Quilt Competition!

Jenni Barber and Christine Dwyer
Click here to check out the results of a Wicked-based quilt competition hosted by Cherrywood Fabrics!  The winning designs will be on display in the Gershwin Theatre lobby through the month of October!  Sweet Oz!

Wicked First National Tour extends Los Angeles Stop.

Emma Hunton and Chandra Lee Schwartz
Wicked's First National Tour, originally scheduled to play the Panteges Theatre in Los Angeles from Wednesday, December 10, until the beginning of February 2015, has now extended until March 15, 2015.  The show has enjoyed lots of success in Los Angeles, including two extended tour stops (2005 and 2011) and an open ended run which occupied the Pantages from February 2007-January 2009, breaking record after record.  Look out LA, something Wicked this way comes!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Emma Hatton to Defy Gravity as Elphaba in the West End!

Emma Hatton, current standby for Elphaba in the West End company of Wicked, will replace Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba in the West End starting February 2nd, 2015. DiNoia will replace Kerry Ellis later this month for a limited engagement.  I will be seeing the show in the West End in March and I couldn't be more excited to see Emma defy gravity!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Jennifer DiNoia to join LONDON cast of Wicked 10/27!

Jennifer DiNoia as Elphaba

Jennifer DiNoia will join the West End company of Wicked in the role of Elphaba on Monday, October 27, 2014.  DiNoia joins the West End cast directly from the Broadway company where she has temporarily been serving as the standby for Elphaba.  DiNoia has been a part of the Wicked family since 2006, joining the now closed Chicago company as a swing, eventually becoming understudy and then standby for the role of Elphaba.  She then joined the Broadway company in 2009 as the standby for Elphaba, and served as temporary alternate for Elphaba in the Sydney, Australia company.  She joined the Asian tour of Wicked as the Alternate for several months before returning to the states to play the role of Elphaba full-time on the 2nd National Tour.  Wicked will mark DiNoia's WEST END debut.