Broadway's Wicked to Welcome Espinosa, Kane and Williams in January

News   Broadway's Wicked to Welcome Espinosa, Kane and Williams in January The Broadway company of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's Wicked — at the Gershwin Theatre — will welcome three new stars on Jan. 10, 2006.

Eden Espinosa in Wicked.
Eden Espinosa in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus

Brooklyn's Eden Espinosa, who recently headed the cast of the San Francisco engagement of Wicked, will return to the New York company of the hit musical as Elphaba, succeeding current star Shoshana Bean. Carol Kane, who starred in the national tour of Wicked, will replace Rue McClanahan as Madame Morrible, and Derrick Williams will become Wicked's new Fiyero.

Eden Espinosa made her Broadway debut covering the roles of Elphaba and Nessarose in Stephen Schwartz's Wicked. She played the role of Brooklyn — a part she created at the Denver Civic Theatre — in the musical of the same name at the Schoenfeld Theatre, and she recently made her solo concert debut at New York's Town Hall. The actress began singing at the age of three, performing at the age of five and recording at the age of ten.

Carol Kane's many stage credits include Sly Fox, Control Freak, Signature, The Lucky Spot, Family Week, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Woman of Mystery, Frankie and Johnny and He Hunts. Kane received an Academy Award nomination for her work in "Hester Street," and her numerous screen credits also include "Carnal Knowledge," "The Last Detail," "Annie Hall," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The World's Greatest Lover," "When a Stranger Calls," "The Princess Bride," "Scrooged," "The Lemon Sisters," "The Pallbearer," "Office Killer," "Trees Lounge," "Addams Family Values," "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" and "The Pacifier and Cosmopolitan."

Derrick Williams was part of the original Broadway cast of Wicked and played Fiyero in the show's national tour. His other Broadway credits include Aida, Swing! and Smokey Joe's Cafe.

Wicked currently stars Shoshana Bean (Elphaba), Megan Hilty (Glinda), Ben Vereen (the Wizard), Rue McClanahan (Madame Morrible), David Ayers (Fiyero), Michelle Federer (Nessarose), Sean McCourt (Dr. Dillamond) and Robb Sapp (Boq). Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked 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.

Wicked, with a book by Winnie Holzman, began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, with an official opening Oct. 30, 2003. The Broadway company — directed by Joe Mantello — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

The Gershwin Theatre is located at 222 West 51st Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.