Jenn Gambatese and Curt Hansen will join the North American tour of “Wicked” over the next month.
Gambatese will take over the role of Glinda tomorrow, February 26, when the production is in Costa Mesa, California at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The production will play at the venue through March 17. Hensen will take over the role of Fiyero starting March 20. The production will be in Tucson, Arizona at that time.
Hansen has been seen on Broadway in “Hairspray” and “Next to Normal.” He was also featured in the first national tour of the latter. Gambatese has previously starred on Broadway as Jane in “Tarzan” and Natalie in “All Shook Up.” Her resume also includes appearances in “Hairspray,” “Footloose,” “Is He Dead?” and “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
The duo will join the current stars of the “Wicked” tour, including Dee Roscioli as Elphaba, Kim Zimmer as Madame Morrible and Tom McGowan as The Wizard. Other cast members of the show include Clifton Davis (Dr. Dillamond), Justin Brill (Boq), Demaree Hill (Nessarose) and Laurel Harris, the standby for Elphaba.
The national tour of “Wicked” currently is scheduled to run at least through July 6 of next year, with two companies moving around the country. Upcoming productions will be held in Charlotte; Rochester, New York; Dallas; New Orleans; Milwaukee; Philadelphia; Houston; Boston; Minneapolis and Cincinnati, among others.
“‘Wicked’ is the untold story of the witches of Oz,” says the show’s official website. “Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. ‘Wicked’ tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.”