Wicked welcomes Michael McCormick to Broadway as its new Wizard

McCormick assumes the role of the Wizard in the smash hit Broadway musical from Kevin Chamberlin.

Michael McCormick

He's a Sentimental Man! The Broadway company of the long-running hit musical Wicked welcomes Michael McCormick to the Gershwin Theatre tonight, as he assumes the role of The Wizard from three-time Tony Award nominee Kevin Chamberlin. Mr. Chamberlin played his final performance in the production on February 17, 2019.

Michael McCormick's many Broadway credits include Hello, Dolly!Chaplin, Elf, Curtains, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, The Pajama Game, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776, Gypsy, Marie Christine, Kiss of the Spider Woman, La Bête, and Oliver!

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), Michael McCormick (as The Wizard), Jesse JP Johnson (as Boq), Kristen Martin (as Nessarose), and Jamie Jackson (as Dr. Dillamond).

As previously announced, Drama Desk Award nominee Gizel Jiménez is also set to assume the role of Nessarose from March 12, 2019.  

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.)