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Giving to Breast Cancer Research for Broadway Cares

Posted Jun 19 2009 10:13pm

My partner Ruth and I attended the San Francisco performance of "Wicked" yesterday, and we had a blast.

During the curtain call, actor Nicolas Dromard, who plays Fiyero in the play, announced that they were doing several things for Broadway Cares to benefit AIDS and breast cancer research. In addition to the usual t-shirts, etc., they were selling photo opportunities with the two witches, Elphaba and Glinda. Of course, we couldn't pass that up.

So the photo shows me, actress Kendra Kassebaum (Glinda), actress Vicki Noon (Elphaba in green face), and Ruth. I had a hard time pushing into the billowing Glinda dress to get reasonably close to her; it's extremely substantial and weighs a ton, according to one of the stage hands, the one who has to transport Glinda's dresses. But I managed. And it was wonderful to actually meet these performers, still see them in their wonderful costumes.

It's a very cool play if you haven't seen it, and turns the Wizard of Oz myth on its ear in several respects. And you'll be humming the songs when you exit. And if you get a chance, support Broadway Cares in its very worthy causes.
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