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Don’t Miss These 10 Broadway Debuts This Season

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|by Mark Robinson |


Catch new stars in 'Wicked,' 'Mean Girls,' 'Aladdin' and more

We all love our established Broadway stars, those talented personalities that we return to see, again and again. However, we are always excited to see fresh talent take to the Broadway stage, creating a whole new parade of performers for us to admire. This season there are many performers making their Broadway debuts in musicals, and here are 10 you definitely will want to catch.

Reneé Rapp makes her Broadway debut in ‘Mean Girls’ as Regina George (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Reneé Rapp makes her Broadway debut in ‘Mean Girls’ as Regina George (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Hannah Corneau – Wicked
Wicked, which just celebrated its 16th year on Broadway, has seen many talented actresses “fly” into the role of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. The latest to land her talents in Oz is Hannah Corneau. Corneau succeeded Jessica Vosk in May and continues to play the role at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre. Corneau appeared in the Transport Group’s production of Renascence, in which she played poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.

Renee Rapp – Mean Girls
Those Jimmy Award-winners are bringing a youthful exuberance to Broadway, right and left. First, Andrew Barth Feldman dazzled us with his turn as the title character in Dear Evan Hansen earlier this year. Now, his Jimmy contemporary Renee Rapp has taken over the role of the queen bee Regina George in the musical comedy Mean Girls. Rapp joined the production earlier this year and followed in the footsteps of the original “Regina” Taylor Louderman. Now she has claimed the role for her own, bringing a fresh infusion of “venom” to the character everybody loves to hate.

Jeigh Madjus – Moulin Rouge!
Since the big red windmill began turning at Broadway’s Al Hirschfeld Theatre a few months ago, a song and dance spectacle has been powered by its dizzying revolutions. Moulin Rouge! has created a lot of magic on Broadway this season, and one of its charms comes in the form of Jeigh Madjus who is making his Broadway debut as the drag queen Baby Doll in the production. Listen as he lends his voice to the Sia song “Chandelier.”

Antonio Cipriano – Jagged Little Pill
Poised to be one of the big sensations of the 2019-2020 Broadway musical season, Jagged Little Pill brings with it the Broadway debut of Antonio Cipriano in the role of “Phoenix.” Cipriano, a Jimmy Award finalist in 2017, has also been previously involved with the musical version of The Notebook. Jagged Little Pill, which premieres in November of 2019, tells the story of a family confronting their secrets using music from the Alanis Morissette album of the same name.

Meghan Picerno – The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera has run for so long (3 plus decades) that we sometimes forget that new and exciting talent keeps entering the show ensconced at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre. Among the latest is Meghan Picerno who joined the production in the role of soprano extraordinaire Christine Daaé. Prior to having entered the production on October 16, 2019, Picerno played the role of Christine in the national tour of The Phantom of Opera’s musical sequel Love Never Dies.

Kristin Stokes - The Lightning Thief
Kristin Stokes has spent a long and successful journey with The Lightning Thief, having been with the musical since its initial workshop. Sticking with the show through its Off-Broadway incarnation and then on its national tour, she has reached Broadway this season, playing the character of Annabeth Chase, the caring sidekick of Percy Jackson and the daughter of Athena).

Nkeke Obi-Melekwe – Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Adrienne Warren is the big star of Broadway’s latest jukebox musical Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, having already established a dynamite performance in London. Two shows a week, however, Warren takes a break from the demanding role and Nkeke Obi-Melekwe steps into the persona of the titular pop music sensation. Off-Broadway audiences will recognize her from the musical Alice by Heart. Obi-Melekwe also succeeded Warren in the West End production of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

Clinton Greenspan – Aladdin
Soar through the skies on a magic carpet ride with Clinton Greenspan, the latest actor playing the title character in the Broadway hit Aladdin. Greenspan is making his Broadway debut after having spent a year on the national tour of the hit Disney musical where he took over for Adam Jacobs . Greenspan will be joined by the Genie of Major Attaway who is returning to the role originated on Broadway by Tony-winner James Monroe Iglehart.

Matthew Johnson – West Side Story
You can almost feel the gathering electrical current around the upcoming Broadway revival of West Side Story. Making his Broadway debut in this eagerly anticipated production directed by Ivan van Hove is Matthew Johnson as Baby John (one of the Jets). Johnson is “ready to rumble” as he shows-off his explosive dance skills in this unconventional revival of a classic choreographed by Anne Teresa Keersmaeker.

Austin Scott – Hamilton
He’s been with the show for a while now, having joined back in February, but we would be remiss if we didn’t point out Austin Scott’s awe-inspiring Broadway debut playing the title character in the musical sensation Hamilton. Prior to taking Broadway by storm, Scott played the role in the “Angelica’ national tour last year. Scott is still with the show, so be sure to check out his work.

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 latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, released on October 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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