Wicked Casting Announcement
Matt Willis (Fiyero) first shot to fame as a member of the chart-topping band Busted. During their 5-year career they sold over three million albums worldwide, won Record of the Year in 2004 and two coveted BRIT Awards in 2003 for ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’ and ‘Best British Pop Act’. Busted also enjoyed several sell-out tours, taking in a total of over 50 UK arenas including an incredible 11 sold out shows at Wembley. In 2005, Matt embarked on a solo career releasing the singles ‘Up All Night’, ‘Hey Kid’, a cover version of the Primitives song ‘Crash’ for the film Mr. Bean’s Holiday, and ‘Don’t Let It Go to Waste’, the title track of the album of the same name.
In 2006, Matt won the popular ITV show I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! He subsequently co-hosted ITV2’s ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here Now!’ alongside his wife, Emma Willis, in both 2007 and 2008. He also co-hosted ITV2’s coverage of ‘The BRIT Awards’ in 2007, with Lauren Laverne and Russell Howard, and again in 2008.
Gina Beck (Glinda) recently finished a two-year run starring as ‘Christine Daaé’ in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre. She made her West End debut in 2006 as ‘Cosette’ in Les Misérables at the Queen’s Theatre and recently performed in the 25th Anniversary Concert at The O2. Gina is currently starring in The Belle’s Stratagem at the Southwark Playhouse.
Desmond Barrit (The Wizard) originally starred in Wicked in 2008-9. The Olivier award-winning RSC and National Theatre actor has recently finished playing ‘Falstaff’ to great acclaim.
Gina Beck (Glinda), Matt Willis (Fiyero), Desmond Barrit (The Wizard), Lillie Flynn (Nessarose), Christopher Howell (Doctor Dillamond) and Adam Pettigrew (Boq) will join current Wicked stars Rachel Tucker (Elphaba) and Julie Legrand (Madame Morrible) from 12 December.
Wicked recently played its 2000th performance and will celebrate its landmark 5th birthday on Tuesday 27 September. The “hugely popular musical” (Times) has now been seen by almost four million people since its West End première in 2006.
Acclaimed as “the hit musical with brains, heart and courage” (Sunday Telegraph), Wicked has won multiple awards including the 2010 Olivier Award for Most Popular Show and the Whatsonstage.com Award for Best West End Show in both 2010 and 2011.