Hallmark Channel has announced a new Christmas movie, "A Holiday Spectacular" featuring the Radio City Rockettes, as part of the 2022 Countdown to Christmas programming.
The movie stars Ginna Claire Mason (Wicked) who played Glinda in Broadway's award-winning Wicked; Tony Award-nominated Derek Klena (Jagged Little Pill); Academy Award-nominated entertainer Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge); and Eve Plumb ("The Brady Bunch").
Ginna Claire Mason & Derek Klena Lead Hallmark's Holiday Spectacular ft Radio City Rockettes
'Broadway Rising' Pays Tribute to Theaters Pushing through COVID
Theater buffs who couldn’t snag a seat at this year’s Tony Awards will find some solace in “Broadway Rising,” a heartfelt tribute to all the shows that were shuttered between 2020 and 2021... Early scenes reveal heartbreak and devastation, as several people end up in the hospital or suffer otherwise horrific personal traumas... But after the initial shock and despair, many of Rice’s subjects land in surprising places.
“Wicked” actresses Mary Kate Morrissey and Ginna Claire Mason teach remote musical-theater lessons to an impossibly adorable collection of pint-sized fans around the country.
Wicked Returns to Broadway: Watch Glinda's First Entrance
Lindsay Pearce and Ginna Claire Mason once again take on the roles of Elphaba and Glinda, alongside Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible (Kathy Fitzgerald will play the role through September 26), Michael McCormick as the Wizard, Sam Gravitte as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Mili Diaz as Nessarose, and Michael X. Martin as Doctor Dillamond.
Broadway’s Wicked Will Welcome Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda in April
Ginna Claire Mason will assume the role of Glinda in the Broadway production of the international hit musical Wicked beginning April 9 at the Gershwin Theatre. She will succeed Katie Rose Clarke, who plays her final performance April 7.
Mason has spent the last year playing Glinda in the tour of Wicked. She has also toured in Newsies and Flashdance the Musical and starred as Korie in Duck Commander: The Musical in Las Vegas.
Thank Goodness! Ginna Claire Mason Will Join WICKED As Glinda
Beginning performances Tuesday, April 9, Ginna Claire Mason will assume the role of Glinda in the Broadway production of Wicked.
Review: ‘Wicked’ is an unforgettable showcase of extraordinary talent
However, the most memorable piece of the show is undoubtedly Glinda. Mason takes a character that could be a simple, popular blonde stereotype and gives her layers of complexity — her Glinda is funny, charming, energetic, excitable, impassioned, imperfect and more. She plays coy to manipulate others, but never with the intent to harm (aside from one attempt to embarrass Elphaba with a big, black hat). Mason’s boundless energy onstage is downright infectious, and provided a majority of the evening’s laughs.
Mason hits the comedic beats perfectly, drawing extra humor out of every line with subtle pitch changes, inflections and never-ending physical energy. I have a hard time imagining anyone executing “Popular” better than Mason, both in terms of comic and vocal talent.
On top of that, Glinda and Elphaba’s chemistry is perhaps the best part of the show. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mason and Morrissey are best friends in real life, and their rapport had me hoping for a future production of “Wicked” where the two witches end up together while Fiyero is left to find his own scarecrow wife (no offense to Hall).
Regional Reviews: Wicked in Minneapolis/St. Paul
Because Glinda's lines drip with sarcasm, it can be a challenge for an actress to convey the character's depth. However, Ginna Claire Mason's performance is so beautifully nuanced that she manages to communicate Glinda's insecurity and her growing self-awareness without sacrificing a jot of humor.
Wicked brings magic, friendship and girl power to Syracuse
Mason’s voice and demeanor embody the Good Witch of the North in a way that makes her giddy and slightly annoying character completely lovable. She gives a phenomenal performance in “Popular,” making the audience giggle, applaud and even sing along.
WICKED Casts a Spell at The Landmark Theatre
Ginna Claire Mason is confident and comedic in the role of Glinda. As soon as she floats down in the bubble and sings out those operatic high notes in "No One Mourns the Wicked" she dazzles, and that is not just because of the sparkly blue ball gown, wand, and crown. Her beauty, charm, and hilarious facial expressions make her performance a memorable one. Her performance of "Popular" is particularly memorable and highly hilarious as she prances about the stage.