Joining the denizens of Oz will be Carrie St. Louis (Rock of Ages), who will step into the role of Glinda directly from the musical's national tour; Peter Scolari ("Girls," Bronx Bombers), who will be The Wizard; Dawn E. Cantwell (The Last Ship), who will be the new Nessarose; Michael Genet (A Few Good Men), who will assume the role of Dr. Dillamond; and Zachary Noah Piser, who will make his Broadway debut in the role of Boq.
Beginning Feb. 16, two-time Tony Award winner Judy Kaye will step into the role of Madame Morrible.
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 features a score by Schwartz, a book by Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The production also features scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner, sound design by Tony Meola, projections by Elaine J. McCarthy, wig and hair design by Tom Watson, music supervision and arrangements by Stephen Oremus, orchestrations by William David Brohn and dance arrangements by James Lynn Abbott. Casting is by Telsey & Company/Craig Burns, CSA. Wicked won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel), Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) and Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee).
The Gershwin Theatre is located in Manhattan at 222 West 51st Street. For more information visit wickedthemusical.com.