Meet the Current Casts of Broadway's Long-Running Hits - WICKED
A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's Wicked below!
Currently playing at the Gershwin Theatre, Wicked opened in October 2003 led by Idina Menzel as Elphaba, Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero, and Joel Grey as the Wizard. Notable replacements have included Shoshana Bean, Megan Hilty, Stephanie J. Block, Andy Karl, Aaron Tveit, Eden Espinosa, Kyle Dean Massey Ben Vereen, Taye Diggs, Jennifer Laura Thompson and many more.
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Wicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
Winner of over 50 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Wicked tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
CHRISTINE DWYER (Elphaba)
Christine is stoked to make her Broadway Debut in Wicked after playing Elphaba on tour! Tours: Rent (Maureen) NYC/Regional: Tommy, New Hopeville Comics, Tinyard Hill, Rock N Roll Debauchery. Christine's voice can also be heard on the Lyons&Pakchar debut album #LOVE! Thank you Craig, Telsey and the Wicked Team for this dream! Love and thanks to CLA, Hartt, teachers, family, friends and Chris and Peety. Patience and Love! Christine-Dwyer.com @cteendryer
JENNI BARBER (Glinda)
Broadway: Annie (Grace Farrell); The Nance (Joan); The Performers (Sundown LeMay); ...Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky). NY/International: As You Like It & The Tempest (The Bridge Project directed by Sam Mendes); From Up Here (MTC); The Wii Plays (Ars Nova). Television: Elementary, Smash, Law & Order: SVU, The Electric Company (Lisa Heffenbacher). Audiobooks: Then Came You, The Dork Diaries Series. Proud University of Michigan MT. Love, always, to Ron. For my Momma.
MARY TESTA (Madame Morrible)
Two Tony nominations, two Obies. Drama Desk Award celebrating Queen of the Mist, and 'Three Decades of Outstanding Work.' Other nominations: Lucille Lortel, four Drama Desk, two Drama League. Ten original cast albums. Broadway: Guys & Dolls, Xanadu, Chicago, 42nd St. Marie Christine, On the Town,...Forum, Rink, Marilyn, Barnum. Opera: Anna Nicole/BAM. Off-Broadway includes Disaster! the Musical, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Love Loss..., Regrets Only, See What I Wanna See, First Lady Suite, String of Pearls, A New Brain, Tartuffe, On the Town, In Trousers. Films include: Eat Pray Love, The Bounty Hunter, The Out-of-Towners, Sleepers. Television includes recurring/"Whoopi."
TOM MCGOWAN (Wizard)
Broadway: Casa Valentina, Chicago, Ivanov, La Bête (Tony, Drama Desk noms.). Off-Broadway: The Food Chain (Obie), The Winter's Tale, Coriolanus. TV: "Frasier," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Modern Family," "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters," "CSI," "Hot in Cleveland," "Boston Legal," "ER," "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Film: The Birdcage, Heavyweights, Ghost World, Bad Santa, As Good As It Gets, Bean, The Family Man, Twelve and Holding, Sleepless in Seattle. Regional: Williamstown, Old Globe, La Jolla, Geffen, Yale Rep. MFA, Yale; BFA, Hofstra. Thanks to daughter, Mary, for introducing him to Wicked, when she and her best friend Sara, spent the summer of '04 playing Glinda and Elphaba in the backyard.
JUSTIN GUARINI (Fiyero)
Romeo & Juliet (Paris), American Idiot (Will), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). Solo albums: Justin Guarini RCA Records, Stranger Things Have Happened. Regional: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (World Premiere, Drake); Rent (Roger); Chicago (Billy Flynn); Joseph...Dreamcoat (Joseph). Film: Fast Girl, From Justin to Kelly. TV: "American Idol" season 1 (Fox), "Run of the House" (Fox), "Wizards of Waverly Place" (Disney), TV Guide Network (host).
KELLI BARRETT (Nessarose)
Broadway: The Royal Family (Gwen), Baby It's You! (Mary-Jane) Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages (original Sherrie), On Your Toes (Frankie). Encores! Regional: York, Williamstown, NYS&F, Old Globe, WBT, Cincy Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Prince. Selected Film/TV: The Switch, Remember Me, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Mr. Popper's Penguins, "Blue Bloods", "Chicago Fire", "NCIS", "L&O:SVU", "I Just Want My Pants Back", "Person of Interest", "Gifted Man", "Ugly Betty", "The Good Wife". Thanks always to God and my Jarrod. @kelli_barrett
K. TODD FREEMAN (Dr. Dillamond)
Wicked National / Chicago. Broadway: Cuckoo?s Nest, Song of Jacob Zulu (Tony Nomination). Off-Broadway: Fetch Clay Make Man - NYTW, Intelligent Homosexual's Guide, Spunk-The Public. Steppenwolf Theatre (member since 1993): Good People (Director), Brother/Sister Plays, Topdog/Underdog, Clockwork Orange. Regional: Angels in America-Mark Taper. Film/TV: Anesthesia (dir. Tim Blake Nelson), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014), Dark Knight, Cider House Rules, Grosse Pointe Blank, Gifted Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, NYPD Blue.
MICHAEL WARTELLA (Boq)
Tours: Wicked national tour. Off-Broadway: Rent, The Kid (the New Group), Seussical (Theatreworks USA), Oliver Twist (TFANA). Regional: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Carol and A Prayer for Owen Meany (Ovation nomination), all with the Denver Center Theatre Company; Oliver Twist (co-production with A.R.T. and Berkeley Rep). Film: Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet and the Hallmark original movie "Loving Leah." So much love to my amazing family and Telsey + Co.!
ANNE BRUMMEL (Elphaba Standby)
Anne is thrilled to be making her broadway debut in Wicked after having played Elphaba on tour! Tours: Wicked, Evita (Eva), Cats (Grizabella), The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Funny Girl. Regional: Closer Than Ever, For The Glory, and Fiddler on the Roof. Endless thanks to Christopher and everyone at CGF Talent, Telsey, and the entire Wicked team for making this dream come true. Much love and gratitude to my friends, family, and Jasper! I couldn't do any of this without you guys. @annebrummel
TIFFANY HAAS (Glinda Standby)
Tickled pink to return to Broadway's Wicked after playing the role of Glinda in the nat'l tour. Made her Broadway debut in 2005 in Wicked as Nessarose u/s. Toured with The Drowsy Chaperone and performs with symphony orchestras across the country. While studying opera and musical theatre at CCM, she won Miss Ohio and competed in the Miss America Pageant. Love and gratitution to Leading Artists, Telsey, Wicked team, my fabulous parents!
ALICIA L. ALBRIGHT (Nessarose/Midwife U/S; Dance Captain; Swing)
Broadway debut! Credits: Wicked (Chicago/nat'l tour), DC/Swing: All Shook Up (1st nat'l tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Euro tour); Seven Brides... (nat'l tour), Milly; A Chorus Line (Hawaiian tour), Cassie. Much love to her family and friends!
TODD ANDERSON (Swing; Chistery U/S)
Broadway: A Chorus Line (u/s Zach, Mike, Al, Greg, Bobby), Sweet Charity, The Boy From Oz. Off-Broadway: The Wild Party, Garden of Earthly Delights. Tours: Wicked, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (u/s Freddy Benson), Tap Dogs.
LARKIN BOGAN (Ensemble; Boq U/S)
Broadway: Hair, Wicked. First national tours: Hair, American Idiot. Thanks to everyone at Telsey, CAP 21, NYU, Nicolosi. Love to my Bogans, Hippies, Idiots, the Thread and Liana. Over the moon to be off to Oz. This one's for Wayne.
SARAH BOLT (Ensemble; Morrible U/S)
Sarah is thrilled to be back at Wicked. She originated the role of Sister Mary Patrick in Broadway's Sister Act. Other credits include Wicked (Broadway), Walmartopia (Off-Broadway), Godspell (Paper Mill Playhouse), Grease (European tour), Bat Boy (1812 Productions) and her one-woman show I Am Not the Girl Next Door (1812 Productions). She recently received a Daytime Emmy Nomination for her voice work on Nickelodeon's animated series Peter Rabbit. Thanks to the Wicked family and Telsey + Company! All love to Dave and family. www.sarahbolt.net
JERAD BORTZ (Ensemble; Fiyero U/S)
Broadway: The Pirate Queen (original company), Mamma Mia! (u/s Sky, u/s Eddie). Film: Across the Universe. Workshops: Sweet Charity, Robin Hood, Flyer the Musical. Regional: Anything Goes, Miss Saigon, Gypsy, La Cage. So very grateful to be a part of this wonderful company!
MAIA EVWARAYE-GRIFFIN (Ensemble)
Maia is excited to be a part of this wonderful Broadway company! Favorite credits include the national tours of Wicked and Sweet Chairty and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC). Thank you Mom, Dad and her loves Simon and Sammie.
EMILY FERRANTI (Swing; Nessarose/Midwife U/S)
Emily is so happy to be making her Broadway debut after playing Nessarose and Glinda u/s on both National Tours! Other National Tours: Dreamgirls (Sweetheart). Thank you to Telsey + Co, CGF, and my friends and family for their constant support!
ZACH HENSLER (Ensemble)
Zach is so grateful and thankful to be back in Wicked! "The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent."- J. H. Holmes
KEVIN JORDAN (Chistery U/S; Swing)
Kevin is overjoyed to make his Broadway debut with Wicked after performing with the San Francisco company and both national tours. Other credits include Altar Boyz (Mark), Cats (Skimbleshanks), A Chorus Line (Swing). Love and thanks to mom, family and friends for encouraging me to dream big!
CHRISTOPHER KING (Chistery/Ensemble)
B'way debut! Nat'l tours: Movin' Out, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Dance company: Bad Boys of Dance. TV: nat'l commercials, "SNL," "Smash." Film: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Winter's Tale. Love to Mom and Dad, family, friends and Jan for always supporting me.
KELLY LAFARGA (Swing; Witch's Mother/Midwife U/S)
Kelly feels honored to join Wicked. Film: Step Up 2: The Streets, Step Up 3D. TV: "Glee," "Bones," "How I Met Your Mother," "DWTS." Tours: Eve, Donnie Klang. Marymount Manhattan College. Thanks Mom, Nin and Sasha for your endless love and support. Dad, I love and miss you always.
COLBY Q. LINDEMAN (Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Credits: "Smash" (pilot), The Radio City Christmas Spectacular and productions at Goodspeed, Walnut St., Sacramento Music Circus and MTW. OCU grad! Many thanks to my family, friends, MSA, Telsey, Wicked and DE. www.colbyq.com
LAUREN LINVILLE (Ensemble)
Lauren is overjoyed to be back on the Wicked stage. An OCU graduate, Lauren made her professional debut on the Civic Center Stage with Lyric Theatre. Other shows include: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (NYC), 42nd St. (Asia Tour) and Zelda: An American Love Story.
WADE MCCOLLUM (Witch's Father/Ozian Official; Wizard/Dillamond U/S)
Broadway debut! Other credits: Tick/Mitzi 1st Nat. tour Pricilla Queen of the Desert, Norm-Jersey Boys, Ernest -Ernest Shackleton Loves Me, Velociraptor of Faith--Triassic Parq, Emcee -- Cabaret (Best Actor-Dallas Critics Circle), Narrator - Fly By Night, Hedwig - Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Best actor- Los Angeles Drama Critics, Garland Awards) Webseries: Nolan - "Submissions Only" www.wadesong.com
BRIAN MUNN (Swing; Wizard/Dillamond/Witch's Father/Ozian Official U/S)
L.A.: Wicked (original cast). National tours: Wicked (both). Off-Broadway: Rock of Ages. Other NY: Directors Co., Prospect Theater, Vital Theatre, the York. Regional: Stages St. Louis; Children's Theatre Co., Minneapolis (four+ seasons); Adirondack Theatre Festival. Love to wife Eva. In memory of Mom.
LINDSAY K. NORTHEN (Ensemble, Glinda U/S)
The Sound of Music national tour (Maria), Pirates! (Isabel, u/s Mabel), CSI Miamim guest star. Commercials: Chase, Pillsbury, Laughing Cow, FEDEX and Ikea. BFA: Elon University. Love to my Jersey Boys husband, Jared Bradshaw, and our sweet baby, Georgia. www.lindsaynorthen.com
EDDIE PENDERGRAFT (Ensemble; Boq U/S)
Actor, artist, feng shui fun-natic. William Esper Studios graduate. New York, regional and national tours. Grateful to be blessed with laughs, family, friends and an amazing husband. For Mom, the witch with the best seat in the house. Everything at www.eddiependergraft.com
CASEY QUINN (Ensemble)
Broadway debut! Wicked - national tour! Thank you Grams and Mom for my training. Dad, Cory and family for your love and support. Corinne, Mark, John, Alan, Joey, MSA, everyone who watched me "Dancing Through Life": I made it to the Emerald City!
ALEXANDER QUIROGA (Ensemble; Witch's Father/Ozian Official U/S)
Alexander returns to Wicked having previously appeared as a swing both on Broadway and in Chicago. His first B'way show was Taboo (Marilyn u/s). Workshops include Citizen Ruth and David Marquez's The Great White Way. Tours include Victor/Victoria, Jesus Christ Superstar and West Side Story (Bernardo). And of course, love and thanks to my family and friends.
MICHAEL MCCORRY ROSE (Ensemble; Fiyero U/S)
Tours: Wicked, Joseph..., Grease! and in concert in the U.S., Brazil, Australia, and Kenya. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Primary Stages, Project Shaw, Yale Rep and UCLA, his alma matter. Thanks to family and friends.
ADAM SANFORD (Ensemble)
Adam is proud to be a part of Wicked. Regional credits include Cinderella, Crazy for You (MUNY), Good News, Footloose (Music Theatre of Wichita). Graduate of the Boston Conservatory. "Thank you to my family and to Katie for always believing in me."
KATHY SANTEN (Midwife; Morrible U/S)
Broadway/tour: Wicked in Chicago, LES MISERABLES (Madame Thénardier). Off-Broadway: People Be Heard, Playwrights Horizons. Regional: Himself and Nora, Old Globe; Married Alive!, American Heartland Theatre; The Wizard of Oz, Syracuse Stage; more than 50 productions in Chicago including Peter Pan (Peter; Jeff Award) and Carousel (Carrie; Jeff Award).
HEATHER SPORE (Ensemble; Glinda U/S)
Broadway debut! Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks (Luisa) and The Last Starfighter. Regional: Umbrellas of Cherbourgh (Genevieve), Two River Theater; Barefoot in the Park (Corie), Stage West; Two Gentlemen of Verona (Vissi d'Amore), Centerstage. TV: "All My Children," "Walker, Texas Ranger." Thank you to my support group, family, Brian and the Lord.
BRIAN WANEE (Ensemble; Chistery U/S)
Broadway debut! Tours: Sweet Chairy, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fiddler on the Roof, Pirate Queen (pre-production), Beauty and the Beast (Walnut Street), Evita (Sac. Music Circus). Training: NYU, Joffrey Ballet. Thanks to CTG, Adam, friends and family, especially Mom and Dad for ongoing support.
JONATHAN WARREN (Dance Captain; Swing; Fight Captain; Chistery U/S)
Broadway debut! National tour: Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby (Nana/Jukes). Las Vegas: We Will Rock You (original cast). Regional: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Detroit), Cats, West Side Story, Hot Mikado at Marriott Lincolnshire, two seasons at Music Theatre of Wichita. OCU grad. Love and thanks to family, friends and JC.
BETSY WERBEL (Ensemble; Morrible U/S)
Originally from Cleveland, Betsy is thrilled to be joining the Broadway company of Wicked. Broadway/national tours: Wicked and LES MISERABLES. Betsy made her Carnegie Hall debut in Jerry Springer: The Opera. CCM graduate. For my brother, Brian.
MICHAEL WILLIAMS (Ensemble)
South Carolina native thrilled to be a part of such an amazing company! Broadway: West Side Story (Asst. Dance Captain/Pepe). National tour: Twyla Tharp's Come Fly Away (Ensemble, Marty, Chanos). Unconditional love and thanks to Mom, Dad, Scott Jovovich and Lo Lo!
ROBIN WILNER (Ensemble; Witch's Mother/Midwife U/S)
Robin is honored to join Wicked for her Broadway debut! National tours: Mamma Mia!, Sweet Charity, Evita, Cats. Off-Broadway: The Donkey Show. Favorite regional credits: Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Footloose, Children of Eden. Thanks to Mom, Dad, and Barry K. for their unyielding support. Much love to Jesse.
LINDSAY WOOD (Ensemble; Witch's Mother/Midwife U/S)
Lindsay is ecstatic to be making her Broadway debut! National tour: Wicked (DC/Swing). Graduate of FSU. Love and gratitude to family, friends and Adam for their encouragement and faith in me.