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Talia Suskauer to Play Elphaba on Broadway, New Wicked Casting Announced

New Ozians are coming to the Emerald City! The Broadway blockbuster Wicked will welcome new cast members to the Gershwin Theatre this summer.

Beginning Tuesday, May 24, Talia Suskauer will assume the role of Elphaba, Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks will take over the role of The Wizard, James D. Gish will become the production’s new Fiyero, Tony Award nominee Clifton Davis will step into the role of Doctor Dillamond, and Broadway newcomer Mikayla Renfrow will assume the role of Nessarose. Ms. Suskauer, Mr. Derricks, and Mr. Davis all come to the Gershwin Theatre from the show’s National Tour.

Talia Suskaer and Cleavant Derricks in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Talia Suskaer and Cleavant Derricks in Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.

They join a cast that currently includes Brittney Johnson as Glinda, Sharon Sachs as Madame Morrible, and Jordan Barrow as Boq.  Lindsay Pearce (Elphaba), Michael McCormick (The Wizard), Sam Gravitte (Fiyero), Mili Diaz (Nessarose), and Michael X. Martin (Doctor Dillamond) will play their final performances on Sunday, May 22.

Wicked, the Broadway sensation, 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—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.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place.”

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