Inside the Emerald City: Wicked's Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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10 Oct 2013

Joel Grey
Photo by Joan Marcus

Tony Award winner Joel Grey originated the role of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the 2003 Broadway production of Wicked. It should be noted that Tony Award winner Robert Morse originally played the Wizard in Wicked's pre-Broadway premiere in San Francisco, but opted not to continue with the production when it transferred to Broadway. Grey, who had been approached to play the role when Wicked was in development, later became available and joined the cast during New York rehearsals prior to the start of Broadway performances in October of 2003. Grey won the 1967 Tony Award for creating the role of the Emcee in Cabaret and has been Tony-nominated for George M!, Goodtime Charley, The Grand Tour and for co-direction on the Tony-winning revival of The Normal Heart.

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