Donna McKechnie to Return to Broadway in Wicked Alongside Mary Kate Morrissey, Alexandra Socha, More | Playbill

Broadway News Donna McKechnie to Return to Broadway in Wicked Alongside Mary Kate Morrissey, Alexandra Socha, More

The international hit musical will welcome several new stars in March at the Gershwin Theatre.

Donna McKechnie, Mary Kate Morrissey, and Alexandra Socha

Triple-threat Donna McKechnie, who won her Tony for creating the role of Cassie in the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Chorus Line, will return to Broadway in March in the international hit musical Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre.

McKechnie, also part of the original Broadway companies of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Company, and Promises, Promises, will step into the role of Madame Morrible March 5. That same day, Mary Kate Morrissey, who has played Elphaba on tour and is the current Broadway standby, will assume the role of the green-faced Elphaba and Alexandra Socha, most recently seen on Broadway in Head Over Heels, will step into the role of the curly-locked Glinda.

READ: All the Women Who Have Played Glinda and Elphaba in Wicked on Broadway

Newcomer Natalie Ortega will also take over the role of Nessarose, and two-time Tony nominee Brad Oscar (Something Rotten!, The Producers) will become The Emerald City’s newest Wizard.

These artists will join a cast that includes Jordan Litz as Fiyero, Jake Pedersen as Boq, and William Youmans as Doctor Dillamond.

Alyssa Fox, McKenzie Kurtz, John Dossett, Michele Pawk, and Kimber Elayne Sprawl will play their final performances as, respectively, Elphaba, Glinda, The Wizard, Madame Morrible, and Nessarose, March 3.

READ: Alyssa Fox and McKenzie Kurtz Starred in Frozen Together, Now They've Reunited in Wicked

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, Elphaba and Glinda. Currently the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, the production celebrated its 20th anniversary in October 2023.

READ: 11 Elphabas Reflect on Playing Broadway's Not-So-Wicked Witch

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.

Photos: Broadway's Wicked Celebrates 20th Anniversary at the Plaza

Wicked won 2004 Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical (Menzel), Best Costume Design (Hilferty), and Best Scenic Design (Lee).

The musical, which reopened on Broadway September 14, 2021, following the pandemic shutdown, is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.

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