Alexandra Billings, star of the critically acclaimed TV series Transparent, will join the Broadway production of Wicked on Monday, January 20, 2020, in the role of the cunning Madame Morrible.
Best known for her turn as Davina on Transparent, Billing’s other television and film credits include Goliath, How to Get Away With Murder, Grey’s Anatomy, From School Boy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story, Paddleton, and Valley of Bones. She was last on Broadway in The Nap, and her additional theater credits include S/He & Me, Seussical, Berlin Circle, A Doll’s House, Trojan Woman, Gypsy, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Time to Burn, and Hamlet! The Musical! Alexandra has received the HRC Visibility Award, Rainbow Spirit Award, Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame, After Dark Award, and Joseph Jefferson Award. She is a professor of theater arts at USC and a Viewpoints Associate at Steppenwolf Theatre.
Billings will join a cast which currently includes Hannah Corneau as Elphaba, Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Kyle Dean Massey as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Jamie Jackson as Doctor Dillamond, and Gizel Jiménez as Nessarose. Nancy Opel will play her final performance as Madame Morrible on Sunday, January 19.
Wicked is directed by Joe Mantello and choreographed by Wayne Cilento. The hit, long-running show features a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, adapted from the Gregory Maguire novel of the same name. Wicked takes a unique point of view on The Wizard of Oz by telling the story through the eyes of Elphaba (a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West), changing her role from villain to hero.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.