Jessica Vosk to play Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked!
After portraying a breathtaking performance of Elphaba on tour, Jessica Vosk will reprise her role in the Broadway company of Wicked.
She takes over as the ‘wicked witch’ from Jackie Burns, who concludes her act on July 14.
As an avid fan will tell you, Vosk is not new to the Broadway scene. She has performed in successful shows such as West Side Story (Anita), The Bridges of Madison County, Finding Neverland, the recent Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof (as FrumaSarah), and Something to Dance About. Her musical talent extends further than Broadway as she is also set to release a solo album titled ‘Wild and Free.’
So what is the story behind Broadway’s Wicked? The musical is based on a novel by Gregory Maguire, which tells an unconventional tale of the magical land of Oz. The narrative is set in a period before a tornado blew Dorothy’s house from Kansas into Oz. It’s simply a background story of the characters we all come to recognize as the ‘good’ witch and the ‘wicked’ witch.
Since the musical hit the stage in 2003, Wicked tickets has accumulated over $4.5 billion in sales from performances in over 100 cities all around the world. Countries such as Brazil, Mexico, The Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Germany, Japan, Ireland, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States have all been christened with Wicked’s magical charm. It is, therefore, not a surprise that the seventh-longest running Broadway musical has been translated into Portuguese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, German, and Japanese.
In the current run of the show, Vosk is set to play Elphaba, the misunderstood witch, along with Amanda Jane Cooper (Glinda or the ‘good’ witch), Martin Moran (Dr. Dillamond), Kristen Martin (Nessarose), Jye Frasca (Boq), Kevin Chamberlin (The Wizard), Isabel Keating (Madame Morrible), and Ashley Parker Angel (Fiyero).
The creative works of the musical are facilitated by a Winnie Holzman’s book, music by Stephen Schwartz, and a production team that includes David Stone, Jon B. Platt, The Araca Group, Universal Stage Production, and Marc Platt. Their creative efforts are brought to life by the musical staging of Wayne Cilento and director Joe Mantello.
The trophy case of Wicked includes three Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, and over 100 international awards. Now it’s Vosk’s time to mark her place in the musical’s history books and hopefully even earn an award of her own. All eyes will be on the Gershwin Theatre on July 16 as Vosk assumes her already familiar role but on a bigger stage.