Originally scheduled to depart the Stephen Schwartz musical Jan. 2, 2005, Menzel will now play her final performance Jan. 9. According to a spokesperson for Wicked, that day will also mark the final performance of Joey McIntyre, who currently portrays Fiyero. No replacements have been named for either actor.
Idina Menzel won a Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her work as Elphaba in Wicked. She created the role of Maureen in the original Broadway company of Rent, and her other theatrical credits include the City Center Encores! production of Hair, the Manhattan Theatre Club The Wild Party and the benefit Funny Girl concert. Menzel also recently completed filming the new motion picture "Ask the Dust."
Former New Kids on the Block star Joey McIntyre is making his Broadway debut in Wicked. He has appeared Off-Broadway in tick, tick . . . BOOM! and in the Los Angeles Reprise! mounting of Babes in Arms. He was also seen in the film version of Jones and Schmidt's The Fantasticks and will be seen in the upcoming movie of "Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding."
With a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman and direction by Joe Mantello, Wicked features choreography by Wayne Cilento and plays the Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st Street. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.