Margolyes, who received a Theatergoers' Choice Award for her work in the West End Wicked, will succeed Broadway's original Morrible Carole Shelley, who plays her final performance at the Gershwin Theatre Jan. 20.
Margolyes will join a cast that includes Stephanie J. Block as Elphaba, Annaleigh Ashford as Glinda, David Burnham as Fiyero (Burnham begins Jan. 8), Lenny Wolpe as The Wizard, Cristy Candler as Nessarose, Logan Lipton as Boq and Steven Skybell as Dr. Dillamond.
Miriam Margolyes is a BAFTA Award winner for her work in "The Age of Innocence." She is also well known for her performance as Professor Sprout in the "Harry Potter" films. Her numerous stage credits include The Killing of Sister George, She Stoops to Conquer, The Importance of Being Earnest and Dickens' Women. In 2002 Margolyes was awarded an OBE by Her Majesty The Queen for her services to drama.
Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.
The Broadway company, directed by Joe Mantello, plays the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.