'Mad TV'/'Wicked' star working on IU original musical

December 29, 2010
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Nicole Parker, best known from six years as a writer/performer for Fox's "MADtv," will be returning to her IU roots to pen the book for a new musical.

"Kissing Frogs," which Parker is writing with composer/lyricist Jeremy Schonfeld, will debut in February as a first-ever collaboration between Indiana University Theatre and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Information here. It's based on Schonfeld's song "Greta." Give a listen to that one here.

Parker, who played the witch in IU's "Into the Woods," recently performed as a replacement Elphaba in the Broadway company of "Wicked." She also appeared in the Judd Apatow film "Funny People." Her "MADtv" impersonations included Lucille Ball, Celine Dion, Fergie, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Here she is onstage as Sarah Palin performing "Defying Gravity" from "Wicked."

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  • BPP/IU Musical
    Just to clarify, this is actually a new musical being produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project in collaboration with IU. BPP is fully producing the show at their facility with a cast of only IU musical theatre students. It's going to be amazing!
  • Talented performer!
    Nicole Parker is a terrific singer and actress, with great stage presence. Will she also be performing in this show?

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