Christine Dwyer (former Elphaba – 2nd Ntl. Tour; former s/b Elphaba, ensemble, u/s Elphaba – 2nd Ntl. Tour), PJ Benjamin (former Wizard – Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour), and WICKED’s new comers Jenni Barber, Justin Guarini, and Mary Testa will be joining the Broadway company starting on Tuesday, February 25, 2014.
Ms. Dwyer, who is currently the standby for Elphaba, will be taking over for Lindsay Mendez (current Elphaba – Broadway) as Elphaba. Ms. Barber will be taking over for Alli Mauzey (current Glinda -Broadway; Former Glinda – 1st Ntl. Tour, San Francisco; former s/b Glinda – Broadway) as Glinda. Mr. Guarini will be taking over for Kyle Dean Massey (current Fiyero- Broadway; Former Fiyero – 1st Natl. Tour, Broadway; former ensemble, u/s Fiyero – Broadway, 1st Natl. Tour) as Fiyero. Ms. Testa will be taking over for Carol Kane (current Madame Morrible- Broadway; former Madame Morrible- San Francisco, Los Angeles, Broadway, 1st Ntl. Tour) as Madame Morrible. Mr. Benjamin will be returning to the role and taking over for Tom McGowan (current Wizard). Additionally, Anne Brummel (former Elphaba, s/b Elphaba, ensemble, u/s Elphaba – 2nd Ntl. Tour; former ensemble, u/s Elphaba – Chicago) will be replacing Ms. Dwyer as the standby for Elphaba.
Ms. Barber was last seen on Broadway as Grace Farrell in Annie. Her other Broadway credits include The Nance (Joan), The Performers (Sundown LeMay), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky).
Mr. Guarini’s Broadway credits include Romeo and Juliet, American Idiot (Will), and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Carlos, original cast). You may also remember him from the first season of American Idol.
Ms. Testa has appeared on Broadway in Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, 42nd Street (Tony nomination), Marie Christine, On the Town (Tony nomination), …Forum, The Rink, Marilyn, Barnum.