Next to Normal's Tveit to Join Broadway's Wicked

News   Next to Normal's Tveit to Join Broadway's Wicked Aaron Tveit, the young actor currently starring in Off-Broadway's Saved, will join the Broadway company of Wicked June 24.
Aaron Tveit
Aaron Tveit

Tveit will succeed David Burnham as Fiyero. He will join a cast that includes Kerry Ellis as Elphaba (beginning June 17), Kendra Kassebaum as Glinda, Jayne Houdyshell as Madame Morrible (beginning June 17), Lenny Wolpe as The Wizard, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, Ben Liebert as Boq and Steven Skybell as Dr. Dillamond.

Aaron Tveit was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance in Next to Normal. His other theatre credits include the Broadway production of Hairspray, the Off-Broadway production of Saved and the national tour of Rent as well as the New England premiere of The Three Musketeers. Tveit also took part in the workshop of Catch Me If You Can. He will be seen in the upcoming film "Ghost Town."

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 Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The creative team also includes 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.

The Broadway company plays the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.