Candler Is New Nessarose in Broadway’s Wicked Beginning Jan. 10

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In addition to Eden Espinosa (as Elphaba), Carol Kane (as Madame Morrible) and Derrick Williams (as Fiyero), the Broadway company of Wicked will also welcome a new Nessarose Jan. 10.
Cristy Candler
Cristy Candler

Cristy Candler, who created the role of the Witch’s Mother in the hit Stephen Schwartz musical, will replace Michelle Federer as Elphaba’s wheelchair-bound sister. Candler has also been seen on Broadway in Aida and Off-Broadway in Girlstown and Rubberville.

Wicked currently stars Shoshana Bean (Elphaba), Megan Hilty (Glinda), Ben Vereen (the Wizard), Rue McClanahan (Madame Morrible), David Ayers (Fiyero), Michelle Federer (Nessarose), Sean McCourt (Dr. Dillamond) and Robb Sapp (Boq).

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.

Wicked, with a book by Winnie Holzman, began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, with an official opening Oct. 30, 2003. The Broadway company — directed by Joe Mantello — continues to play the Gershwin Theatre. Tickets are available by calling (212) 307-4100 or by visiting

The Gershwin Theatre is located at 222 West 51st Street, between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.

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