WELCOMES NEW CITIZENS OF OZ THIS FALL
NANCY OPEL, JAMIE JACKSON
and JESSE JP JOHNSON
JOIN THE BROADWAY BLOCKBUSTER
November 13, 2018, New York, NY – The Broadway blockbuster WICKED will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this fall. Beginning Tuesday, November 20, Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel will assume the role of Madame Morrible and Jamie Jackson will assume the role of Doctor Dillamond. Jesse JP Johnson will assume the role of Boq on Tuesday, December 11.
They join a cast which currently includes Jessica Vosk as Elphaba, Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Kevin Chamberlin as The Wizard, Ryan McCartan as Fiyero, and Kristen Martin as Nessarose. Isabel Keating (Madame Morrible) and Martin Moran (Dr. Dillamond) will play their final performances on Sunday, November 18. Jye Frasca (Boq) will play his final performance on Sunday, December 9.
ABOUT THE CAST
NANCY OPEL (Madame Morrible) has appeared in 15 Broadway shows including Beautiful, Honeymoon in Vegas, Cinderella, Memphis, Gypsy, Fiddler, Urinetown (Tony Award nomination), Triumph of Love, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George, and Evita. Regional credits include Clue (Cape Playhouse), Follies (St. Louis Rep.), Prince of Broadway (Japan), Honeymoon in Vegas (Paper Mill Playhouse), Holiday Inn (St. Louis Muny), Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theater, DC), and others. Off-Broadway: Curvy Widow, Toxic Avenger, My Deah, Polish Joke, Mere Mortals, All in the Timing, others. National Tour: The Drowsy Chaperone. TV: “The Big C,” “Law & Order.” www.nancyopel.com
JAMIE JACKSON (Doctor Dillamond) has appeared on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago, The Last Ship, and Soul Doctor and Off-Broadway in Sweeney Todd and 39 Steps. Lincoln Center: Secret Garden, Sweeney Todd. Tour: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Regional: Goodspeed, Pioneer, Fulton. TV: “Madam Secretary,” “Quantico,” “Get Down,” “Elementary,” “Chicago Fire,” “Blacklist,” “Blindspot,” “The Family,” “Mysteries of Laura,” “Person of Interest,” “Unforgettable,” “Flight of Conchords.” Film: Greatest Showman, Diverge, Rapid Eye Movement. With SoHee Youn, writing original musical, I Spy a Spy. www.jamiejackson.com
JESSE JP JOHNSON (Boq) is returning to the Broadway company of Wicked, where he was a member of the ensemble. He was last seen at the Palace Theatre in SpongeBob SquarePants the Musical, where he played many species of fish including Spongebob himself. Other Broadway/Tour credits: Wicked (1st Nat., Boq), Glory Days (Jack), 9 to 5, Grease (Doody), Xanadu (Sonny u/s), and Altar Boyz (Luke). www.jessejjams.com
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.”
With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade,” and by Time Magazine as “a magical Broadway musical with brains, heart, and courage.”
Having recently celebrated its 15th anniversary on Broadway, WICKED is the winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards. WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 16 countries around the world (U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico, Brazil, Switzerland, and China) and has thus far been translated into six languages: Japanese, German, Dutch, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese. WICKED has amassed over $4.6 billion in global sales and has been seen by nearly 60 million people worldwide.
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 Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
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