Brescia, Ashford and Cusick Will Join Chicago's Wicked June 3

News   Brescia, Ashford and Cusick Will Join Chicago's Wicked June 3 As previously announced, Annaleigh Ashford, who recently played the role of the curly locked Glinda in the Broadway company of Wicked, will join the Chicago cast of that Stephen Schwartz-Winnie Holzman musical June 3.

Lisa Brescia
Lisa Brescia

That evening's performance will also welcome Lisa Brescia (Broadway's Wicked and The Times They Are A-Changin') as the company's new Elphaba and Kristoffer Cusick back to the role of Fiyero. Cusick originated the role of Fiyero in both the Chicago and Los Angeles companies of Wicked.

The threesome will join a cast that currently includes Barbara Robertson as Madame Morrible, Gene Weygandt as The Wizard, Heidi Kettenring as Nessarose, K. Todd Freeman as Doctor Dillamond, Stanton Nash as Boq.

The Chicago company of Wicked, which plays the Ford Center for the Performing Arts' Oriental Theatre, will end its lengthy run Jan. 25, 2009. When it closes, the musical will have played 1,500 performances and grossed over $200 million. Wicked began performances in Chicago June 24, 2005.

Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked — with a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman — explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths.

Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre is located at 24 West Randolph Street. Tickets for Wicked are available at all Broadway in Chicago box offices (22 W. Monroe Street, 24 W. Randolph Street and 151 West Randolph Street) or by calling (312) 902-1400. For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com/chicago.

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