Two frequent Broadway mainstays are about to join the long-running musical Wicked at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. Beginning performances on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, Isabel Keating and Martin Moran will take on the roles of Madame Morrible and Dr. Dillamong, respectively.
Isabel Keating was a Tony Award nominee for her turn as Judy Garland in The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman. Other Broadway appearances include It’s Only a Play, Hairspray, Enchanted April, and Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. She comes to the Broadway production of Wicked after playing Madame Morrible in the musical’s National Tour.
Among Martin Moran’s myriad Broadway and Off-Broadway credits are Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic, Bells Are Ringing, Big River, The Cider House Rules, The Tricky Part, and All the Rage. He returns to the part of Dr. Dillamond, a role he last-appeared in on the national tour of Wicked in 2011.
Keating and Moran join a cast which currently includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Fred Applegate as The Wizard, Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero, Jye Frasca as Boq, and Kristen Martin as Nessarose. Rondi Reed (Madame Morrible) and Chad Jennings (Dr. Dillamond) will give their final performances on Sunday, January 28.
Wicked features a score by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) and a book by Winnie Holtzman, adapted from the popular novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. The musical features direction by Joe Mantello and choreography by Wayne Cilento. The Broadway production opened in 2003 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards (winning three) and has gone on to be one of Broadway’s most-enduring box office draws.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.