poster J, on 06 November 2012 - 12:27 PM, said:
Well she'd be advertised as a West End star and have the honour of opening the tour. She wouldn't be the first to do it, so clearly not everyone sees it as a step back - look at John Owen Jones and Earl Carpenter on both the Phantom and Les Mis tours. And there are also plenty of instances on US tours of major shows.
I'm not arguing that she will, I highly doubt it, but I'm trying to say it's not as impossible as people on here seem to think.
Indeed several of the really big tours recently (WWRY, Les Mis, Phantom) have all gone out with experienced leads from their WE shows. Those all took people out of their then current WE casts. In some cases you could argue that the top talent was split between the 2 shows, or the tour ended up with the stronger leads. If anyone very successful in the WE wanted to go out on a Wicked tour it wouldn't be unusual. The other side of the equation is that there's looking an acute shortage of top female roles in the WE at the moment with Legally, Ghost, Chicago, Blood Brothers, LND, Wizard of Oz and Grease all gone, Viva Forever going for newcomers, and male dominated shows, dancing shows, kids shows starring kids, male jukebox shows. and shows starring itinerant americans. taking their place. That looks a criminal misuse of the available talent , but it does mean there may be more top people avaliable for tours who could do well in Wicked even if they haven't played d the roles before. I can't see Wicked going out without a top star as Elphaba, and it doesn't lend itself to anyone but the strongest singers, and they may have a good choice available -including people who have played her before, people who haven't and people who are leading in something else on tour now.