‘Wicked’ stars are no strangers to their roles


Wicked is at Keller Auditorium July 10-28

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The two stars of the production of “Wicked” that landed in Portland this July are veteran performers who are no strangers to their roles.

The popular musical based on characters from “The Wizard of Oz” tells a different perspective of the story we all remember.

The show has been a hit for more than 15 years on Broadway and across the world. It has been performed in more than 100 cities and 16 countries.

Erin Mackey as Glinda and Mariand Torres as Elphaba in the US Tour of Wicked. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Erin Mackey joined the current touring company after she portrayed Glinda on Broadway off and on for three and a half years starting in 2005.

Mackey made her Broadway debut in “Wicked” and also assumed the role in Chicago and Los Angeles companies.

She spent 10 years away from the show and lived in New York while working on other projects and getting married.

Erin Mackey as Glinda in Wicked. (Photo by Joan Marcus)

“Now I’m back which is really, really cool and unique. It’s such a rare thing to come back to a role after a decade of life,” Mackey said. “I feel like I have a whole new take and appreciation of Glinda this time around.”

Mackey has also performed in “In Transit,” “Amazing Grace,” “Chaplin,” “Anything Goes” and “Sondheim on Sondheim” on Broadway.

Mariand Torres, who plays Elphaba — the so-called wicked witch — also starred on Broadway. She played Elphaba from 2010 to 2012 and then took a 5-year break. She also worked on other things and got married in the meantime.

“It’s just a gift to revisit a role after experiencing a lot of growing as a person and growing as an artist and bringing everything you’ve learned back into this role and understanding it on a much deeper level,” Torres said.

Torres was in the original Broadway cast of “In Transit,” and the original off-Broadway cast of “The Great Comet of 1812.”

“Wicked” opened in Portland on July 10 and performances continue through July 28. There are still plenty of tickets available.

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