Friday, August 19, 2011

Goodbye to Jennifer DiNoia and Laura Woyasz

I would just like to make a post thanking Broadway's two AMAZING standbys, Jennifer DiNoia and Laura Woyasz, who will end their contracts this Sunday, August 21st on Broadway after NEARLY 3 years as WICKED's witchy standbys together, and for Laura, temporary Glinda earlier this year. I saw Jenny as Elphie last year and she was absolutely phenomenal, she has a VERY strong voice, and wonderful acting chops, and she will be missed. Laura, though I have not seen her as Glinda, is so funny, and very talented, and she will go far. They both will :)

Jennifer DiNoia has been with WICKED since 2006, when she joined the Chicago company as a swing understudying Nessarose and Elphaba. She replaced Carmen Cusack as the Standby for Elphaba in late 2007, and continued as standby until the show closed on January 25th, 2009. She returned to Wicked less than 3 weeks later in the Broadway company replacing Julie Reiber as the standby for Elphaba, leaving for a 6 week period at the end of 2009 to standby in Sydney.

Laura Woyasz has also been a part of WICKED since 2006, when she joined the 1st National tour cast as an understudy for Glinda. She remained with the show on the road until March 2008, and was moved out to the LA company as the standby for Glinda, where she remained until the end of the year. Laura joined the Broadway company of Wicked as the standby for Glinda, like Jenny, in February 2009. She temporarily replaced Katie Rose Clarke for 6 weeks (Katie was still billed as Glinda in the Playbill) earlier this year while Katie was on medical leave.

We welcome 1NT alum Donna Vivino to the position of Standby for Elphaba, and Wicked in Chicago alum Kate Fahrner to the position of Standby for Glinda on Tuesday, August 23rd. Good luck to all 4!

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