Photo Flash: Something New Is Happening in Oz- Meet the New Cast of WICKED on Broadway!
The Broadway blockbuster Wicked just welcomed new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre last week. Jackie Burns makes her long-awaited return to the Gershwin Theatre and the role of Elphaba for the first time since 2013, having recently concluded her starring run in the national tour of If/Then, of which she was also an original Broadway company member. She also played the role of Elphaba on the national tour of Wicked, where her performance received an Irene Award nomination.
Amanda Jane Cooper makes her Broadway debut in the role of Glinda, directly from playing the role on national tour. She has previously appeared in New York in Letter from Algeria and Bunked! A New Musical.
Burns and Cooper are joined by Tony Award winner Rondi Reed, who will return to the Broadway company as Madame Morrible, a role she also played in the Chicago company. Reed won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play in 2008 for her portrayal of Mattie Fae Aiken in August: Osage County.
Ashley Parker Angel assumes the role of Fiyero after playing the role on national tour. He was a member of the multi-platinum recording group O-Town and starred in MTV's "There and Back Again," which followed the release of his solo album, Soundtrack to Your Life. Parker previously appeared on Broadway as Link Larkin in Hairspray.
Kristen Martin is new to the Broadway company of Wicked, but has played the role of Nessarose on national tour and internationally. Other Broadway credits include the original cast of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark (u/s Mary Jane).
They join a cast which currently includes PJ Benjamin as The Wizard and Chad Jenningsas Doctor Dillamond. Current cast members Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba), Kara Lindsay(Glinda), Sheryl Lee Ralph (Madame Morrible), Michael Campayno (Fiyero), and Zachary Noah Piser (Boq) will give their final performance Saturday, July 29.
The Broadway sensation Wicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz...but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships...until the world decides to call one "good," and the other one "wicked."
Check out a first look at the new cast below!
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus