Dogfight's Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena Join Cast of Broadway's Wicked May 28
28 May 2013
Lindsay Mendez and Derek Klena, who co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Dogfight, assume the roles of Elphaba and Fiyero, respectively, in the Broadway production of Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's beginning May 28 at the Gershwin Theatre. Wicked Joe Mantello directed both musicals.
The two actors succeed Willemijn Verkiak and
Kyle Dean Massey, who played their final performances May 26.
They join a cast that includes
Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, F. Michael Haynie as Boq and John Schiappa as Dr. Dillamond.
Mendez appeared on Broadway as the "Bless the Lord" soloist in the 2011 revival of
Godspell. Other credits include Everyday Rapture (both on Broadway and in its Off-Broadway world premiere), Grease (2007 Broadway revival) and The Marvelous Wonderettes (Off-Broadway).
Klena, who is making his Broadway debut, was also recently seen in
Carrie at MCC.
Adapted from the novel by
Gregory Maguire , Wicked delves into the back story of the iconic characters from Oz. The hit musical has a score by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, direction by 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.
Wicked won Tony Awards for Costume Design, Scenic Design and Best Actress in a Musical ( Idina Menzel). It was nominated as Best Musical.
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