On November 2, “Wicked’s” Broadway cast will be welcoming two new members to their cast: Etai BenShlomo will be assuming the Boq role and Tom Flynn is taking over the Dr. Dillamond role at Gershwin Theatre.
The two actors will be joining a cast currently comprised of Katie Rose Clark playing Glinda, Mandy Gonzalez playing Elphaba, Kathy Fitzgerald in the role of Madame Morrible, Andy Karl playing Fiyero, P.J. Benjamin in the role of The Wizard, and Jenny Fellner playing Nessarose.
On October 31, Alex Brightman as Boq and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond will be playing their final performances.
It will be the Broadway debut for Etai BenShlomo. Previous credits for BenShlomo include: “Fiddler on the Roof” at Kansas City Starlight, MUNY’s “Les Miserables,” “Gypsy,” “Annie” and “High School Musical” and “Wicked” in the first national tour and San Francisco production.
Previous Broadway appearances for Tom Flynn include “Tommy,” “How to Succeed” and “Juan Darien.”
“Wicked” is based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, which turned all the myths of Oz inside out. The musical explores the early lives of Elphaba and Glinda, who later become Witches of Oz. The two meet at the sorcery school Shiz as young girls. Glinda is wildly popular, while Elphaba is green. A misunderstanding results in the two girls ending up as roommates. Following an initial period where the two mutually loathe each other, they start to learn about each other. Following school, the paths of their lives continue intersecting through a mutual love, entering Emerald City and their interactions with the Wizard. Their convictions and choices eventually result in their journeys being widely different.
Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for “Wicked.” The book for the musical was written by Winnie Holzman, with musical staging from Wayne Cilento and Joe Mantello directing. Additional creative team members for “Wicked” include Eugene Lee, scenic designer, Susan Hiferty, costume designer, Kenneth Posner, lighting designer, Tony Meola, sound designer, Elaine J. McCarthy, projectionist, Tom Watson, hair and wig designer, Stephen Ormeus, music arranger and supervisor, James Lynn Abbott, dance arranger and orchestrations from William David Brohn.
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