‘Wicked’ Tour Welcomes New Principal Company Members

The Broadway sensation Wicked will welcome new cast members to the National Tour beginning performances Tuesday, March 22 at the First Interstate Center for the Arts in Spokane, WA.

Lissa deGuzman, who is new to the world of Wicked, will assume the role of Elphaba after recently appearing in Disney’s Aladdin and King Kong on Broadway. Regionally, she appeared in Bliss at The 5th Avenue Theatre, Fidler on the Roof at The Muny, Chasing Rainbows at Goodspeed Opera House, and West Side Story and Les Misérables at Studio Tenn. Lissa attended Belmont University where she received her BFA in Musical Theatre.

Jennafer Newberry is thrilled to be back in Oz as Glinda after previously being the understudy for the role in the National Tour of Wicked. Recent credits include Disney’s Freaky Friday at La Jolla Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse and The Alley Theatre, and Finding Nemo: The Musical at Disney World.  Regionally, she appeared in The Mystery of Edwin DroodThe Light in the Piazza and Bat Boy. Jennafer received her BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

John Bolton (The Wizard) is also new to the Wicked family. On Broadway, John has had leading roles in AnastasiaA Christmas Story: The MusicalDames at SeaCurtainsMonty Python’s SpamalotContactTitanicHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and a featured role in Damn Yankees. On tour, he recently played Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!  Nominated for Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, Rivera and Lortel awards, John headlined four sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall and performed as a soloist with the NY Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. He played US Attorney General Hank Nolan on CBS’ “Madam Secretary” and spent four seasons as Bruce on “Gossip Girl.” He has guest-starred on “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Elementary,” “Blue Bloods,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order,” and is featured in the film Mapplethorpe.

Michael Genet will return to the role of Doctor Dillamond in the National Tour of Wicked after having played the role on Broadway. His other Broadway credits include The Prom, Choir Boy, Lestat, Hamlet and A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway, Michael has appeared in Is God Is, American Son, A Soldier’s Play and The Whipping Man. His film and television credits include She Hate Me, 25th Hour, One Fine Day, “Billions,” “Bull,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Affair,” “Fosse/Verdon,” “Ugly Betty,” “Dr. Death” and “The Following.” Michael wrote She Hate Me (w/Spike Lee), Hallelujah and Talk to Me, which received the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture.

Kimberly Immanuel will be joining the National Tour of Wicked as Nessarose, directly from the National Tour of Hadestown. She has also toured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and appeared Off-Broadway in The Fantasticks at the Jerry Orbach Theatre, Heartbreak House at Theatre Row and Pacific Overtures at Classic Stage Company.

Jake Pedersen (Boq) most recently toured in the National Tour of Escape to Margaritaville. Regionally, he appeared in NewsiesWriting Kevin TaylorThe Last Day and The Lucky Boy. Jake received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Penn State University.

They join a cast which currently includes Lisa Howard as Madame Morrible, Jordan Litz as Fiyero, with Natalia Vivino, Alexia Acebo, Travante S. Baker, Anthony Lee Bryant, Nick Burrage, Jordan Casanova, Matt Densky, Marie Eife, Ryan Patrick Farrell, Sara Gonzales, Chelsea Cree Groen, Kelly Lafarga, Marina Lazzaretto, Megan Loomis, Ryan Mac, Alida Michal, Alicia Newcom, David Scott Purdy, Jackie Raye, Rebecca Gans Reavis, Andy Richardson, Jenna Nicole Schoen, Wayne Schroder, Paul Schwensen, Ben Susak and Justin Wirick.