My friends and co-workers have been working so hard the last few weeks putting Defying Inequality together. Now, I’m just excited to put it in front of an audience.The most enjoyable part of putting this together is seeing my coworkers and friends in a completely different setting. They’ve come up with a great variety of songs, dances and sketches. With each rehearsal, I realize that the people I work with everyday are so incredibly talented. They were hired for Wicked for a reason – they’re really good! The numbers they’ve come up with are touching and funny and wonderful – more than I could have ever hoped for.
I’m also floored by everyone’s willingness to just jump in. Even with the hectic schedule of the Holidays, closing the show and for many people in the cast, getting ready to move back to New York, it was all-hands-on-deck. And it’s not just our cast! We’ve been overwhelmed with support from local businesses and the Chicago theatre community. The touring company of Grease is only in Chicago for two weeks and they’re performing two great numbers. And I couldn’t be happier that my friends at Jersey Boys and The Second City have signed on. It’s going to be a great night for a great cause.
-Charlie Hagerty, Wicked cast member & Defying Inequality director