Broadway's Wicked Welcomes New Cast Members Nov. 2
By Andrew Gans
On Nov. 2 the Broadway cast of the hit musical Wicked welcomes two new cast members: Etai BenShlomo assumes the role of Boq, and Tom Flynn steps into the role of Dr. Dillamond at the Gershwin Theatre.
Alex Brightman and Timothy Britten Parker played their final performances as Boq and Dr. Dillamond, respectively, Oct. 31 at 3 PM.
BenShlomo and Flynn join a cast that currently includes Mandy Gonzalez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible, P.J. Benjamin as The Wizard, Andy Karl as Fiyero and Jenny Fellner as Nessarose.
Etai BenShlomo is making his Broadway debut. His previous credits include: Wicked (San Francisco, first national tour), the MUNY (High School Musical, Annie, Gypsy, Les Misérables) and Kansas City Starlight (Fiddler on the Roof).
Tom Flynn has appeared on Broadway in Juan Darien, How to Succeed… and Tommy.
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 journeys.
Wicked features a score by Schwartz, a book by Holzman, direction by Joe Mantello and musical staging by Wayne Cilento. The creative team also includes 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.
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