BREAKING NEWS: Lindsay Pearce
announced that she is aiming to return to the Broadway company of WICKED
around mid-December. The performer (best known for playing “Harmony” on Glee
) has been out of the Award winning Stephen Schwartz
musical just a week after it had just reopened on the Great Bright Way post pandemic this past September due to a leg injury. Pearce is taking extra precaution to take care of herself, heal, and recover.
She did reveal that she will start re-rehearsing the show at the end of of this month of November 30th, 2021.
Currently, Jennifer DiNoia
is back on the broom DEFYING GRAVITY 8 times a week as “Elphaba” fulltime as Pearce continues to recover. For those who may not know, DiNoia has been playing the role of the misunderstood green girl on the past 14 YEARS. She has done it on 4 continents. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, DiNoia returned to the Broadway production in 2019 (after having previously did a year long fulltime Principal contract from 2016-2017) once again serving as the standby for “Elphaba” (being the 1st to go on in Pearce is out).
With DiNoia taking over once again as the main principal “Elphaba”, her usual track as the standby currently is now temporary being performed by another returning alumni cast member Alyssa Fox
(most recently seen for the last 3 years as the standby for “Elsa” in Disney’s Frozen
Continue to get better Lindsay.
We will see you back in OZ soon.
ALL SHALL KNOW THE WONDER! 2021 marks the 15th Anniversary of one of the most powerful, groundbreaking, and high energetic Tony winning musicals Spring Awakening
. It has just been announced that the full original Broadway cast will all be reuniting for a ONE NIGHT ONLY benefit concert this month for The Actors Fund
Under the direction of Tony winner Michael Mayer, it will reunite EVERYONE consisting of….
Tony winner John Gallagher Jr. (“Moritz”),
Recording star Lauren “LOLO
” Pritchard (“Ilse”),
Jonathan B. Wright (“Hanschen”)
Brian Charles Johnson (“Otto”),
Pheobe Strole (“Anna”),
Tony winner Stephen Spinella (“The Adult Man”),
Plus, you can expect to see all 4 of its original CHAIR OF ROCK Ensemble members / understudies consisting of….
(who also later took over the role of “Moritz” full time till its Broadway closing),
Tony nominee Jennifer Damiano,
SPRING AWAKENING’s reunion concert is set for November 15th, 2021 at 7pm ONLY at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (current home of Ain’t Too Proud
You can expect a full evening of the cast reuniting, reflecting, and belting out those beloved Tony winning songs by Duncan Sheik
and Steven Sater including MAMA WHO BORE ME, THE B**** OF LIVING, MY JUNK, TOUCH ME, DON’T DO SADNESS, SONG OF PURPLE SUMMER, and of course the rebelling TOTALLY F****D.
For those who may not know or remember the story, SPRING AWAKENING is a musical based on a 100 year abandoned German play by Frank Wedekind. Set in 19th Century Germany during a time when Adults never told you all the dirty details, it tells the coming-of-age story of a group of teenagers going through body changes at the time of their sexual awakenings.
It was originally conceived by Duncan Sheik
in 2002 having numerous readings, workshops, and concert presentations at Lincoln Center.
The show had it’s official world premiere production in 2006 Off Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company
. Following it’s limited engagement success and 3 sold out extensions, the show transferred to Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre that same year where it ran for a complete total of 888 performances. It went on to win multiple Awards including 8 Tony Awards with the top honor of BEST MUSICAL.
Following its life after the original Broadway production closed, the show embarked on several National Tours across America along with launching a company in London’s West End. International companies immediately followed.
The most recent revival of SPRING AWAKENING happened in 2015 which came off the success of a triumphant production that was performed by Deaf West Theatre in California for 2 sold out runs. It played Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre for a strictly limited engagement of 152 performances. Directed by Michael Arden, it was well known for having deaf actors and hearing actors come together which went with the whole theme of the show of young people letting their voices be heard.
Original Cast of SPRING AWAKENING to Reunite for One-Night-Only Benefit Concert (broadwayworld.com)