McKenzie Kurtz Will Join WICKED on Broadway as Glinda


McKenzie Kurtz | Photo: Rebecca J Michelson/Theatrely

Kobi Kassal
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January 13, 2023 12:10 PM

It’s so good to see her, isn’t it? McKenzie Kurtz is set to join the Broadway company of Wicked as Glinda beginning Tuesday, February 14. 

The Jimmy Award and University of Michigan alum was recently seen as Anna in Frozen on Broadway and the North American Tour, Penelope in Trading Places, and the Star-to-Be in “Annie Live!” On NBC.

The cast currently includes Talia Suskauer as Elphaba, Cleavant Derricks as The Wizard, Tony Award-winner Michele Pawk as Madame Morrible, James D. Gish as Fiyero, Tony Award-nominee Clifton Davis as Doctor Dillamond, Mikayla Renfrow as Nessarose, and Michael Wartella as Boq.  Brittney Johnson will play her final performance as Glinda on Sunday, February 12.

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.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!