The Broadway production of Wicked is welcoming several new players, and one original cast member, on March 7. Get a sneak peek of the new Ozians before they take the Gershwin Theatre stage in the photos below.
New cast members include Alyssa Fox as Elphaba, John Dossett as The Wizard, and Kimber Elayne Sprawl as Nessarose. William Youmans, the original Dr. Dillamond, will return to the halls of Shiz University in the role he created. Sprawl will be making history, becoming the first Black actor to play the role of Nessarose full-time on Broadway.
They join a cast that includes McKenzie Kurtz, who began her run as Glinda in February, Tony winner Michele Pawk as Madame Morrible, James D. Gish as Fiyero, and Michael Wartella as Boq.
Wicked began previews on Broadway October 8, 2003, with an official opening October 30. The original cast included Tony winners Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth as, respectively, the green-faced, misunderstood Elphaba and the curly-locked Glinda. Wicked has subsequently been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries. In October 2019, the international hit musical surpassed Les Misérables to become the fifth longest-running production in Broadway history.
Wicked, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, is based on the novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire.
The Joe Mantello-helmed production features musical staging by Wayne Cilento, 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. Casting is by the Telsey Office.