Star of the Week: Lindsay Mendez goes green as Elphaba in Broadway’s ‘Wicked’

Lindsay Mendez

Lindsay Mendez

From a bubble gum-chewing, hip-swinging Pink Lady in Grease to a misunderstood, high-flying witch in Wicked, Lindsay Mendez is slowly taking over the theatre industry one role at a time. With her belted high-notes and chameleon-like acting ability, it is clear that she is a legend on the rise.

Mendez made her Broadway debut in the 2007 Broadway revival of Grease. Since then she has appeared in productions of Everyday Rapture, Godspell, and Second Stage Theatre’s Dogfight, the new Pasek and Paul musical. The cast recording of Dogfight was recently released on iTunes. Also, Mendez made an appearance in an episode of NBC’s Smash as herself, belting out a Houston-Levitt original number. On top of all this, Mendez is making some big headlines for her newest Broadway role.

Lindsay Mendez (center) in 'Dogfight'

Lindsay Mendez (center) in ‘Dogfight’

It has been recently announced that Mendez will join the cast of Broadway’s Wicked as the green-skinned Elphaba, the lead character who becomes the “Wicked Witch of the West.” The role of Elphaba was originated by Idina Menzel in 2003. Mendez will be taking the stage at the Gershwin Theatre on May 28, 2013 and joins cast members Katie Rose Clarke (Glinda), Derek Klena (Fiyero), Randy Danson (Madam Morrible) and Adam Grupper (The Wizard).

Mendez is known to be quite the showstopper when it comes to her musical talent. In Godspell, her rendition of “Bless the Lord” brought seemingly endless rounds of applause and critical acclaim. Her riffs in “Mooning” during her run in Grease is more than worthy of a click of the repeat button on iTunes.

Behind the curtains, Mendez is known as one of Broadway’s most adorable sweethearts. Her bright and bubbly personality always shines through in interviews, and her humble disposition is truly genuine. It is obvious that she is a valuable asset of the Broadway community.

Wicked is one of the highest grossing musicals in Broadway history, so it is safe to say that a star like Mendez will fit in perfectly there. Here’s hoping that her and the entire cast keep“defying gravity” on their way to the top.

Can’t wait to see her at the Gershwin this May? Get your tickets while you can, and express your excitement in the comments below!

Idina Menzel, who originated Elphaba in 'Wicked'

Idina Menzel, who originated Elphaba in ‘Wicked’

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