Broadway shows with long runs are a producers dream. They are also great for burgeoning stars of the musical theater. The latest would-be star to grace the stage at Gershwin Theatre is Chandra Lee Schwartz. She portrays Glinda the Good Witch. Schwartz has been perfecting the performance since she joined Wicked on the touring circuit.
Chandra Lee Schwartz has essentially been selling Wicked tickets since Friday, August 21, 2009. Then she joined the first national tour of Wicked the Musical as Elphaba. Schwartz would switch roles and take on the role of Glinda, a role she would reprise on Broadway.
Before Wicked, both the national tour and her Broadway performance, Chandra went the normal route. Born on August 18, 1981 and graduating from AMDA NYC, Schwartz started off Broadway in What’s That Smell and The Music of Jacob Sterling. Soon she graduated to play before much larger audiences. She played Sharpay in the High School Musical and Penny in Hairspray.
Wicked would be her chance to break out. She has gone from traveling the country to residing in Manhattan and starring in the biggest show of each Broadway season since it opened back in 2004. What will be next – a television sitcom, a supporting role in a romantic comedy, or originating another role on Broadway? Her star appears ready to rise even higher.