Caroline Bowman

Actress, Singer, Dancer

Caroline Bowman and Kara Lindsay Will Be Broadway’s New Wicked Witches; Robin De Jesus, Matt Shingledecker to Also Join Cast

Originally posted on Playbill.com, written by Michael Gioia

Caroline Bowman, who led the Broadway revival tour of Evita, and Newsies star Kara Lindsay will be the newest witches of Oz in the hit Broadway musical Wicked, producers announced Nov. 20.

Bowman (Kinky Boots) will fly into the role of Elphaba, and Lindsay, recently seen as Glinda in the musical’s national tour, will reprise her performance. They will begin performances Dec. 16.

Also joining the cast Dec. 16 will be Kathy Fitzgerald, who will return to the company as Madame Morrible, a role she has played on Broadway and on national tour; Matt Shingledecker (West Side Story), who will return to the role of Fiyero (after playing opposite Lindsay on tour); and two-time Tony Award nominee Robin de Jesus (In the Heights, La Cage Aux Folles) in the role of Boq.

They will join a cast that includes Tom McGowan as The Wizard, Kelli Barrett as Nessarose and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond.

The roles of Elphaba, Glinda, Fiyero, Madame Morrible and Boq are currently being played by Christine DwyerJenni BarberJustin GuariniMary Testa and Michael Wartella, respectively.

Currently the 11th longest-running musical in Broadway history, Wicked celebrated its 11th anniversary Oct. 30. Wicked currently has eight productions around the world, in New York, London, Japan (Tokyo), Australia (Sydney), Latin America (Mexico City), a U.K. Tour (Edinburgh) and two concurrent North American national tours.

Based on the novel by Gregory MaguireWicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Joe Mantello with musical staging by Wayne CilentoWicked is produced by Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, Wicked, according to press notes, “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.”

The Gershwin Theatre is located at 222 West 51st Street. Visit WickedTheMusical.com.