Jessica Vosk’s well-received tenure with the Broadway production of Wicked is coming to its end. The actress will depart the acclaimed production this May, playing her final performance on May 12, with Hannah Corneau succeeding her and making her Broadway debut as Elphaba. Corneau enters the role with an impressive resume, having recently played Edna St. Vincent Millay in Renascence at Off-Broadway’s Transport Group. Off-Broadway and regional credits also include Daddy Long Legs, Evita, Fiddler on the Roof, Harmony, Les Miserables, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and A Little Night Music. Among her other credits, Corneau has appeared as Yitzhak in the First National Tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Corneau enters the production starting May 14, 2019. The cast she will join at the Gershwin Theatre will include includes Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Nancy Opel as Madame Morrible, Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Ryan McCartan as Fiyero, Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond, Gizel Jimenez as Nessarose, and Jesse JP Johnson as Boq.
Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of the two Witches of Oz and their complicated, but enduring friendship as each rises to power. The musical has a score by Stephen Schwartz (Pippin, Godspell) and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production was directed by Joe Mantello, with choreography by Wayne Cilento. The original cast featured Idina Menzel in her Tony-winning turn as the Elphaba, with Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda, Joel Grey as The Wizard, Carole Shelly as Madame Morrible, and Norbert Leo Butz as Fiyero.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.