Fleming has replaced Telly Leung as Boq in the hit Stephen Schwartz musical at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts' Oriental Theatre. Leung, who has been seen on Broadway in the revivals of Flower Drum Song and Pacific Overtures, departed the production after a year-run stint as the lovesick Munchkin. (Leung will be seen later this summer as Tobias in the Four Seasons Theatre's presentation of Sweeney Todd).
Fleming, who played Sketch in Broadway's Hairspray, joins a Wicked company that features Kristy Cates (Elphaba), Stacie Morgain Lewis (Glinda), Rondi Reed (Madame Morrible), Gene Weygandt (The Wizard), Heidi Kettenring (Nessarose), Timothy Britten Parker (Doctor Dillamond) and Kristoffer Cusick (Fiyero).
The open-ended Chicago production of Wicked began performances at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts' Oriental Theatre June 24, 2005, and officially opened July 13. The original Chicago company included Ana Gasteyer and Kate Reinders as, respectively, the green-faced and curly-locked witches.
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. Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre is located at 24 West Randolph Street. Tickets for Wicked are available at all Broadway in Chicago box offices (22 W. Monroe Street, 24 W. Randolph Street and 151 West Randolph Street) or by calling (312) 902-1400.