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Monday, August 26th, 2013

Derek Klena, the California native joined the Wicked Broadway Musical show in late May, is putting his own spin on Fiyero, the Winkie prince who captures the heart of Glinda and Elphaba.

Derek Klena in Wicked Broadway as Fiyero

Derek Klena in Wicked as Fiyero

Broadway.com recently caught up with the 21-year-old actor to chat about leading the 10th anniversary cast, reuniting with his Dogfight co-star Lindsay Mendez and how he went from baseball player to Broadway star.

Read the chat below:

We love watching you on Fly Girl. How is acting on Broadway different than your experience leading an off-Broadway musicals?
The stakes are a lot higher on Broadway; there’s so much more going on and everything’s so much more intricate. It’s definitely more intimidating. And going into Wicked, I don’t have the privilege of originating my role like I did with Carrie and Dogfight.

What makes your Wicked and Dogfight leading lady Lindsay Mendez the ultimate co-star?
We just instantly clicked! We’ve developed this great friendship, and that’s been the key to us being compatible on stage. Anything that she does or anything that I do, we are there 100% for each other, and that’s all you can ask for in a co-star—trust and respect. That’s what makes this show so much more enjoyable, having someone like that by your side—a co-pilot.

Wasn’t Wicked your first Broadway show? How did it feel to make your debut in it?
Surreal. When I saw the show eight years ago, I had no idea I would get the opportunity to perform it someday. It was just a dream I had when I was younger. It’s kind of unbelievable to be working with Joe Mantello and the group at Wicked, which I’ve idolized all these years. Fiyero is a role I’ve always wanted to play, and I’m actually getting to experience that on the Broadway stage.

What would you have said if someone had told you eight years ago that you’d be playing Fiyero in the 10th anniversary cast of Wicked?
I would have said, “Yeah right, I want to play baseball.” [Laughs.] At the time, I was pretty into sports; I didn’t know yet that this is what I wanted to pursue. Seeing Wicked definitely sparked that in me and pushed me to pursue it as a career. It’s kind of bizarre that it took me to Wicked.

When you were growing up, was it hard to be the jock who also did theater?
Yeah, it was harder when I was younger because my friends didn’t understand yet. But once high school and college rolled around, my friends matured and understood it’s kind of a cool thing; they were were blown away with the theater side of me. They grew to respect it, which was really cool to see.

Was it difficult to give up baseball?
It was. I got into UCLA for theater, and I had to make a decision whether to let baseball go. I ended up switching out of theater; I figured I could still do theater outside of school. I played baseball my freshman year as a pitcher, but at the end of the year, I realized that my true love and passion is in acting and singing. I’m glad I made that choice. I play in the Broadway softball league and a restaurant league, so I still get that sports atmosphere. I feel like I get enough playing recreationally and casually.

What is the secret to wearing the infamous Fiyero pants?
Just being fearless. The first time I put them on I was a little doubtful, but you have to wear them with pride. A lot of people come to the show knowing those pants are coming, so you’ve just got to wear them with pride.

Read the complere interview {Via Broadway.com}

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Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Wicked Opened on October 30, 2003 on Broadway and Running successfully at Gershwin Theatre, 222 West 51st St, New York, NY 10019.

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Wicked musical, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, the untold story of the Witches of Oz, features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. Wicked is directed by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

Wicked Broadway Cast Update:

Alicia L. Albright has left the company.

Amanda Rose has joined the company as a swing and understudy for Nessarose and the Midwife.

Ryan Patrick Kelly has joined the company as a swing.

Length and Intermission: Running time for the show is 2 hours and 30 minutes, plus a 15-minute intermission

Run & On Sale Dates:
Opened October 30, 2003 and Individual tickets on sale through February 2, 2014

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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

The Broadway production of hit musical Wicked will welcome Emmy Award winner Carol Kane and Michael Wartella to its cast at the Gershwin Theatre.

Carol Kane will Join Wicked Broadway Cast

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Carol Kane will return to the Broadway production as Madame Morrible beginning July 1, 2013. Kane previously performed the role on Broadway, in Los Angeles and on tour. Randy Danson, who is currently playing the role of Madame Morrible, will play her final performance June 30.

Michael Wartella will Join Wicked Broadway Cast

Michael Wartella

 

 

 

Michael Wartella will assume the role of Boq starting June 25. F. Michael Haynie, who is currently playing the role, will give his final performance June 23.

 

 

 

They will join a cast that includes Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Derek Klena as Fiyero, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose and John Schiappa as Dr. Dillamond.

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Derek Klena to make Broadway debut in Wicked as Fiyero on May 28, 2013. Kyle Dean Massey, who is currently playing the role of Fiyero, will play his final performance on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Wicked at Gershwin Theatre.

Derek Klena Will Join Wicked Broadway

Derek Klena Will Join Wicked Broadway

Derek Klena will star opposite the show’s incoming Elphaba Lindsay Mendez, with whom Klena starred in the off-Broadway musical Dogfight in 2012 (directed by Wicked helmer Joe Mantello).

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Klena will join Mendez the cast which will include Lindsay Mendez as Elphaba, Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, F. Michael Haynie as Boq and John Schiappa as Dr. Dillamond. Also the Elphaba, Willemijn Verkiak will play her final performance on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Lindsay Mendez will take over the role beginning May 28.

Wicked is a sanding production on Broadway at Gershwin Theatre – 222 West 51st St, New York, NY 10019. Buy Wicked Broadway Tickets Online.

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Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Willemijn Verkaik, the current Elphaba in Wicked Broadway will play her final performance at Gershwin Theatre on May 26. Lindsay Mendez will take over the role beginning May 28.

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Lindsay Mendez made her Broadway debut as Jan in the 2007 revival of Grease. She then appeared in Everyday Rapture with Sherie Rene Scott before breaking out as the “Bless the Lord” soloist in the 2011 revival of Schwartz’s Godspell. Her off-Broadway credits include originating the role of Rose in Dogfight (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Everyday Rapture and The Marvelous Wonderettes. Mendez also appeared in concert and on the recording of Ryan Scott Oliver’s 35mm: A Musical Exhibition.

Lindsay Mendez to Join Wicked Broadway as Elphaba

Lindsay Mendez to Join Wicked Broadway as Elphaba

Mendez has previously worked with both the composer and director of Wicked, having appeared in the 2011 Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz’s Godspell, and, more recently, giving a breakout performance in the world premiere musical, Dogfight, staged by Wicked director Joe Mantello.

 

 

 

She joins the Wicked Broadway cast that currently includes Katie Rose Clarke as Glinda, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Catherine Charlebois as Nessarose, F. Michael Haynie as Boq and John Schiappa as Dr. Dillamond.

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Saturday, November 17th, 2012
Tiffany Haas to Join Wicked Broadway Company

Tiffany Haas to Join Wicked Broadway Company

Tiffany Haas (former Glinda, ensemble, u/s Glinda, Nessarose – 2nd Ntl. Tour) will join the Broadway company of Wicked on Tuesday, November 20, 2012, taking on the position of standby for Glinda. She replaces Kate Fahrner, who has been the Broadway Glinda standby since August 2011.

Tiffany Haas joins after a nine month run as Glinda on the 2nd National Tour, concluding in June 2012.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Wicked Broadway company Welcomes Back Alli Mauzey as Glinda.

Alli Mauzey as Glinda in Wicked

Alli Mauzey as Glinda in Wicked

Beginning performances on Tuesday, October 16th, Alli Mauzey will return to the role of Glinda in the Broadway company of Wicked Musical at the Gershwin Theatre. Chandra Lee Schwartz, who is currently playing the role of Glinda, will play her final performance on Sunday, October 14th. Alli Mauzey returns to the Broadway company of Wicked as Glinda, having previously played the role on Broadway and on National Tour.

Other Cast – On Tuesday, September 25th F. Michael Haynie joined the company, making his Broadway debut in the role of Boq. They join a cast which currently includes Jackie Burns as Elphaba, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Randy Danson as Madame Morrible, Adam Grupper as The Wizard, Jenny Fellner as Nessarose, and Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond. Etai BenShlomo concluded his run in the role of Boq on Sunday, September 23rd.

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, winner inner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, 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.

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Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Wicked Broadway Musical welcomes the return of Kyle Dean Massey in the role of “Fiyero”.

Kyle Dean Massey Return to Wicked Broadway

Kyle Dean Massey Return to Wicked Broadway

Massey took over the role from Richard H. Blake, who gave his final performance at the Gershwin Theatre on July 29. Massey’s other Broadway credits include Next to Normal and Xanadu, plus the national Broadway tours of Wicked and 42nd Street.

Massey played the role of “Fiyero” in 2011 and resumes the star turn July 31, 2012 at the Gershwin Theatre. He also performed this role in the First National Tour of Wicked. Massey’s other Broadway lead roles include Gabe in “Next to Normal” and Thalia in “Xanadu.” His Off-Broadway credits include “Altar Boyz” and “Lucky Guy” where he played Matthew and Billy Ray respectively.

Wicked’s” current cast includes Jackie Burns (Elphaba), Chandra Lee Schwartz (Glinda), Randy Danson (Madame Morrible), Adam Grupper (The Wizard), Etai BenShlomo (Boq), Jenny Fellner (Nessarose), and Tom Flynn (Dr. Dillamond).

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