The national tour of the international hit musical Wicked welcomes several new cast members beginning March 22 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, Washington.
Lissa deGuzman assumes the role of Elphaba after recently appearing in the Broadway production of Disney’s Aladdin; Jennafer Newberry returns to the company as Glinda, after previously being the understudy for the role in the tour; John Bolton, seen on Broadway in Anastasia, A Christmas Story: The Musical, and more, is the new Wizard; Michael Genet returns to the role of Doctor Dillamond after having played the part on Broadway; Kimberly Immanuel joins the cast as Nessarose, coming directly from the national tour of Hadestown; and Jake Pedersen, most recently seen in the national tour of Escape to Margaritaville, steps into the role of Boq.
These artists join Lisa Howard as Madame Morrible and Jordan Litz as Fiyero, with Natalia Vivino, Alexia Acebo, Travante S. Baker, Anthony Lee Bryant, Nick Burrage, Jordan Casanova, Matt Densky, Marie Eife, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Sara Gonzales, Chelsea Cree Groen, Kelly Lafarga, Marina Lazzaretto, Megan Loomis, Ryan Mac, Alida Michal, Alicia Newcom, David Scott Purdy, Jackie Raye, Rebecca Gans Reavis, Andy Richardson, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Wayne Schroder, Paul Schwensen, Ben Susak, and Justin Wirick.
Since opening on Broadway October 30, 2003, Wicked has 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.
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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.
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.