Actress Rondi Reed wins Tony Award

June 26, 2008 10:31:06 AM PDT
Chicago actress Rondi Reed has just won a Tony Award for her role in August: Osage County. It was one of five Tonys for the Steppenwolf Theatre production that traveled from Chicago to Broadway. Rondi left the cast of Wicked in Chicago to take the role of August's Mattie Fae Maikin in New York. Now, with her Tony in hand, she's returning to the Land of Oz starting Friday. Rondi will once again play Wicked's Madame Morrible, head mistress of Shiz University, a school for young witches and wizards. Madame Morrible's special talent is controlling the weather and she created the twister that brought Dorothy to Munchkinland. Rondi's other Broadway credits include: The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and The Grapes of Wrath. Off-Broadway,she's appeared in: Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Regional credits include: Arena Stage, Cleveland Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse. On Film and TV,she's appeared on: "Seinfeld," "The Practice," "Home Improvement," "Roseanne," "Nothing Sacred," "A Streetcar Named Desire" (CBS), "Wild Palms" (NBC), "Normal" (HBO), Jungle 2 Jungle, Fearless, The Astronaut's Wife. Chicago audiences have seen her at Steppenwolf in The Fall To Earth for which she won a Joseph Jefferson Award as Best Actress; Man From Nebraska, Cherry Orchard, Sideman, Beauty Queen of Leenane; at Marriott Lincolnshire in Funny Girl and Cabaret; at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Romeo & Juliet; and at the Apollo Theater in The Vagina Monologues.

Wicked winner of 15 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, is the untold story of the Witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch.

And as Rondi and the rest of the company will confirm: There is no place like home, especially if it's Chicago. Wicked has made the city its home for three years. Called "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" by The New York Times and "a cultural phenomenon" by Variety, WICKED continues to cast a spell on all of Chicagoland and its many visitors. More than 1,300,000 people have seen Wicked in Chicago so far, with audience members representing all 50 U.S. states and countries as far away as Japan and Australia.

The Chicago company of Wicked took the stage on Friday, June 24, 2005 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Oriental Theatre. It continues to play to sold-out audiences night after night, breaking multiple house records. The showy celebrated its first Windy City anniversary in the summer. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. Directed by Joe Mantello, with musical staging by Wayne Cilento, Wicked is currently presented in Chicago, on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre, on a national tour, and in London at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

The Chicago company of Wicked performs through January 25, 2009. For tickets and more information, visit www.wickedthemusical.com/chicago or call 312 902 1400.


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