Three-time Tony-nominee Kevin Chamberlin, perhaps best known to television audiences as Bertram the butler on the hit Disney Channel sitcom Jessie, is joining the company of the Broadway blockbuster Wicked. Chamberlin will take over the role of the Wizard, currently played by Fred Applegate (who departs the production on May 20th). Chamberlin will begin performances on May 22, 2018.
Chamberlin has been nominated for three Tony Awards for his work in Dirty Blonde, Seussical (playing Horton the Elephant), and The Addams Family (as Uncle Fester). He has also appeared on Broadway in My Favorite Year, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Chicago, Triumph of Love, The Ritz, and Disaster! Chamberlin spent four seasons on the Disney Channel sitcom playing the crotchety but loveable butler Bertram. Among his many film and television credits are Teen Beach Movie, Christmas with the Kranks, In & Out, Road to Perdition, and Lucky Stiff.
Mr. Chamberlin joins a cast which currently includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Amanda Jane Cooper as Glinda, Ashley Parker Angel as Fiyero, Isabel Keating as Madame Morrible, Jye Frasca as Boq, Kristen Martin as Nessarose, and Martin Moran as Dr. Dillamond.
The Broadway production of Wicked opened at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003. With a score by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked is loosely-based on the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name. Directed by Joe Mantello and choreography by Wayne Cilento, Wicked was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning for Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel), Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee), and Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.