Show Must Go On: Chenoweth Performs in Wicked Despite Injury

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Theatregoers attending the Oct. 22 performances of Wicked, the new Stephen Schwartz musical at the Gershwin Theatre, witnessed a slight alteration in Kristin Chenoweth's costume.

Chenoweth — who portrays Glinda, the Good Witch in the musical about the early life of the witches of Oz — sported a rhinestone-decorated neck collar in addition to her costumes designed by Susan Hilferty. The musical's spokesperson commented on Chenoweth's injury, explaining, "It's a reinjury. She's feeling much better, and she wore the neck brace yesterday as a precaution. She might be out of it anytime soon."

Chenoweth injured her neck during the pre-Broadway engagement of Wicked this past summer at San Francisco's Curran Theatre. The Tony-winning actress, who received rave reviews for her performance at the Curran, missed the June 4 performance due to the injury but returned to the show the following day. Melissa Bell Chait, Chenoweth’s understudy, performed the role of Glinda at that missed performance.

Wicked, which officially opens Oct. 30, also stars former Renter Idina Menzel as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The cast includes Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey as The Wizard, Carole Shelley as Madame Morrible, Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero, Michelle Federer as Nessarose, Christopher Fitzgerald as Boq and William Youmans as Doctor Dillamand. The company features Ioana Alfonso, Ben Cameron, Cristy Candler, Kristy Cates, Melissa Bell Chait, Marcus Choi, Kristoffer Cusick, Kathy Deitch, Eden Espinosa, Melissa Fahn, Rhett G. George, Kristen Lee Gorski, Manuel Herrera, Kisha Howard, LJ Jellison, Sean McCourt, Corinne McFadden, Mark Myars, Jan Neuberger, Walter Winston O'Neil, Andrew Palermo, Andy Pellick, Michael Seelbach, Lorna Ventura and Derrick Williams.

Directed by Joe Mantello — a 2003 Tony Award winner for last season’s Take Me OutWicked features choreography by Wayne Cilento.

Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.

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