Louise Dearman, the only actress to portray Glinda and Elphaba

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Louise Dearman is one of the most important actresses in London and United Kingdom, because she has been performing all around the country. She is very well known for performing in ‘Wicked’ and in lots of many more musicals. She is the first actress that performed the roles of Elphaba and Glinda, two characters that are very different vocally and in personality, but she succeeded very well.

She studied at the Laine Theatre Arts College and after being graduated she joined the cast in tour of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. She proved that she could work hard, because she was doing a lot of performances and shows, and also she has a fantastic voice. She performed in lots of musicals like ‘Grease’, ‘Guys And Dolls’, ‘Jekyll And Hyde’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Evita’.

She arrived at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in March 2010, replacing Dianne Pilkington. She was Glinda, performing every night with Rachel Tucker as Elphaba. They knew each other before performing in the musical. One year later, Louise Dearman decided that it was the time to leave ‘Wicked’. But surprisingly, she went back to Oz one year later, this time performing as Elphaba. Is the first actress to perform both roles. This time, Gina Beck was Glinda and she was replaced in November 2013 when Willemijn Verkaik landed in London.

After ‘Wicked’, and even during her break from Glinda to Elphaba, she worked a lot. She did a lot of performances, concerts and she even worked in some albums. Her debut one was called ‘You and I’ and was published in 2005. There she sings lots of songs from her favourite musicals like ‘Chicago’, ‘Les Misérables’, ‘Yentl’ or ‘Jekyll And Hyde’. Then, in 2012 came ‘Here Comes The Sun’, with lots of songs from The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Annie Lennox and Alanis Morissette. Her last album was published in 2013 and it’s called ‘It’s Time’, with some songs from musicals like ‘The Wiz’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘Sunset Boulevard’.

Today she is considered a star in the UK. Probably ‘Wicked’ opened a lot of doors for her, she became really popular after that, but her talent and her voice was the impulse to succeed. She recently performed with Kerry Ellis (sadly I missed it) at the Prince Edward Theatre and she also published a book written with the actor Mark Evans called ‘Secrets of Stage Success’. I can’t wait to see what’s next for her, but she will be always remembered for being Elphaba and Glinda in ‘Wicked’.




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