Katie Rose Clarke will return to the Broadway production of “Wicked” later this month to again take over the role of Glinda.
Rose played the role on Broadway for almost two years, but left in 2010 to lead the national touring company. She will return to the role on April 23, taking over for the current Glinda, Alli Mauzey, who will play her final performance on April 21.
Clarke also has appeared on Broadway in “The Light in the Piazza,” and was part of the first national touring company of that production, as well. She also has appeared in “Prayer for My Enemy” and “Anything Goes.”
The Broadway production currently stars Willemijn Verkaik as Elphaba and Randy Danson as Madame Morrible. Other cast members include Kyle Dean Massey, Adam Grupper, Catherine Charlebois, John Schiappa and F. Michael Haynie.
Here’s how the official website of the show describes “Wicked” and its accomplishments:
Winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, “Wicked” is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. “Wicked” tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Currently, there are seven told productions of “Wicked” playing around the world. In addition to the Broadway production, there also are two North American tours running concurrently as well as productions located in London, Holland, Seoul and Japan.
After a pre-Broadway run in San Francisco, the original production of the musical opened on Broadway in October 2003 and starred Kristin Chenoweth as Glinda and Idina Menzel as Elphaba. The first national tour came two years later.