Katie Rose Clarke & Jesse JP Johnson return to the Broadway cast of Wicked

Katie Rose Clarke and Jesse JP Johnson assume the roles of Glinda and Boq, respectively, in the smash hit Broadway musical.

Katie Rose Clarke & Jesse JP Johnson

Thank Goodness! Katie Rose Clarke and Jesse JP Johnson return to the Broadway company of the long-running hit musical Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre tonight, assuming the roles of Glinda and Boq, respectively. Previous cast members Amanda Jane Cooper and Jye Frasca played their final performances in the production on December 9.

Katie Rose Clarke currently holds the record for the longest-running actress to play the role of Glinda on Broadway. She first played Glinda on the first national tour of Wicked from 2007 to 2009, later reprising the role on Broadway from January 14, 2010 to September 25, 2011 and again from April 23 to September 22, 2013. Other Broadway credits include Ellen in Miss Saigon, Hannah Campbell in Allegiance, and Clara Johnson in The Light in the Piazza.

Jesse JP Johnson's previous Broadway credits include SpongeBob SquarePantsGlory Days and Xanadu, and he has also appeared in the National Tours of Wicked9 to 5Grease, and Altar Boyz.  

The current principal cast of Wicked includes Jessica Vosk (as Elphaba), Katie Rose Clarke (as Glinda), Ryan McCartan (as Fiyero), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (as Madame Morrible), three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin (as The Wizard), Jesse JP Johnson (as Boq), Kristen Martin (as Nessarose), and Jamie Jackson (as Dr. Dillamond).

The Broadway musical Wicked officially opened at the Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003, following previews from October 8.

Wicked features music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, a book by Winnie Holzman, and is based on the popular novel by Gregory Maguire.

Synopsis: "The Broadway sensation Wicked 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, who is 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.”"

The production is directed by Joe Mantello, with choreography by James Lynn Abbott, and features scene design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Kenneth Posner and sound design by Tony Meola.

Wicked is produced on Broadway by Universal Stage Productions, Marc Platt, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt, and David Stone.

Wicked Tickets are available now for performances through to October 27, 2019.

(Photos courtesy of Polk & Co.)