Nancy Opel and Jamie Jackson debut in Wicked on Broadway

The smash hit musical Wicked welcomes a new Madame Morrible and Doctor Dillamond to Broadway.

Nancy Opel & Jamie Jackson

Let's celebrate! The long-running hit musical Wicked, which recently commemorated its 15th Anniversary on the Great White Way, welcomes Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel and Jamie Jackson to the Gershwin Theatre tonight, as they assume the roles of Madame Morrible and Doctor Dillamond, respectively. Previous cast members Tony Award nominee Isabel Keating and Martin Moran played their final performances in the respective roles on November 18.

Nancy Opel's previous Broadway credits include a 2002 Tony-nominated turn in Urinetown and a 2015 Drama Desk-nominated turn in Honeymoon in Vegas, as well as appearances in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, Memphis, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof, Triumph of Love, Anything Goes, Sunday in the Park with George, and Evita, among others. 

Jamie Jackson has previously appeared in the Broadway productions of Doctor Zhivago, Sting's The Last Ship, and Soul Doctor.

The current principal cast of Wicked includes Jessica Vosk (as Elphaba), Amanda Jane Cooper (as Glinda), Ryan McCartan (as Fiyero), Tony Award nominee Nancy Opel (as Madame Morrible), three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin (as The Wizard), Jye Frasca (as Boq), Kristen Martin (as Nessarose), and Jamie Jackson (as Dr. Dillamond).

As previously announced, Katie Rose Clarke and Jesse JP Johnson are set to assume the roles of Glinda and Boq, respectively, from December 11, 2018.

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.)