Open Auditions for Role of Wicked Witch of the East in Upcoming Universal “Wicked” Movie

12/14/2021

Open auditions for the Universal movie “Wicked”

Yep, seems like the Broadway play is going to be made into a feature film.  A casting search is now on to fill the role of Nessarose, a authentic wheelchair user.  The “Wicked” movie is being directed by Jon Chu and produced by Marc Platt.  The movie will be filming in the spring of 2022 in the UK.

The film has superstar director Jon Chu on board and has 2 super stars already attached, Cynthia Erivo and Ariana Grande. Wicked, is the hit Broadway spectacular that is set as a prequel to the Wizard of Oz by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman. Wicked first hit the stage in 2003. Since then “Wicked” has gone on to win three Tony Awards. It is regarded as being one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Please note that the role does require an actor that uses a wheel chair and is being cast as a role for an authentic wheelchair user.

About the role:

Nessarose – 18 to 30 of any ethnicity.  She is Elphaba’s “tragically beautiful” yet, lonely and compassionate younger sister who was always favored by their father.  Nessarose has spent most of her life in a wheelchair.  She is obsessively attached to another character named Boq and Nessarose ultimately becomes the wicked witch of the east.  The role does require an excellent singing voice and the production is looking to cast someone who is also a wheelchair user.  Both Ambulatory and non-ambulatory are strongly encouraged to submit for the role.

Open auditions for Broadway show "Wicked"

Please see the casting notice on this page for the details on how to apply for the role.

The show follows Elphaba through her childhood and schooling. Elphaba is a passionate activist who wants to fight injustice. Glinda is her “spoiled rich girl” friend. The two are unlikely friends who must deal with differences in opinion and get caught up in a rivalry over a man they both want. The stories events and their friendship will ultimately lead to Elphaba’s ultimate fall from grace and get Elphaba labeled “Wicked“.

“Wicked” is a re-telling of the L. Frank Baum’s classic story “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,“….. from the witches perspective. “Wicked” is based on the Gregory Maguire novel “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West“. The story begins before Dorothy ever set foot in OZ, but continues after her arrival.

New York area casting directors at Telsey are handling this open call.

Open call for the role of NESSAROSE in the “Wicked” film!

 



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