John Dossett, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, William Youmans to join WICKED in March
There are some changes coming soon to the halls of Shiz University! Wicked will welcome new cast members, and some returning to reprise their roles, this spring.
Beginning Tuesday, March 7, John Dossett, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, and William Youmans, will join the cast at the Gershwin Theatre as The Wizard, Nessarose, and Dr. Dillamond respectively. Youmans is returning to the role of Dr. Dillamond after having originated it in 2003.
Cleavant Derricks (The Wizard), Mikayla Renfrow (Nessarose), and Clifton Davis (Doctor Dillamond) will play their final performances on Sunday, March 5. As previously announced, Talia Suskauer will also play her final performance as Elphaba March 5, with Alyssa Fox assuming the role thereafter. Brittney Johnson (Glinda) will play her final performance as Glinda on Sunday, February 12, to be succeeded by McKenzie Kurtz.
The new cast members will join Michele Pawk as Madame Morrible, James D. Gish as Fiyero, and Michael Wartella as Boq. Fun fact: Dossett and Pawk are married, thus creating an iconic Wizard/Morrible duo.
Wicked opened at the Gershwin in 2003 and is currently the 5th longest-running show on Broadway. The musical, adapted from Gregory Maguire’s novel of the same name, has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman.
An upcoming movie adaptation of Wicked, directed by Jon Chu, will star Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. Olivier winner Jonathan Bailey is Fiyero while Ethan Slater is Boq, recent Golden Globe winner Michelle Yeoh is Madame Morrible, and Jeff Goldblum is the Wizard. The movie will be split in two parts, released Christmas 2024 and 2025.
The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne Cilento. Lead producers are Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.
For all things Wicked, listen to Sentimental Men, the thrillifying podcast from hosts Quincy Brown and Kevin Bianchi and Theatrely. Find it on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.