With the recent announcement that Penn State Musical Theatre alumna Caroline Bowman (2010) would take over the starring role of Elphaba in Broadway’s "Wicked" starting Dec. 16, Penn State has three Musical Theatre bachelor of fine arts alumni performing in leading roles on Broadway. Matthew Hydzik (2003) is currently playing Buddy in "Side Show," and Carly Hughes (2004) is performing the role of Leading Player in "Pippin."
Bowman, recipient of a 2014 Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Achievement Award, which honors alumni age 35 and under, most recently played Eva Peron in the national tour of "Evita." Previous Broadway credits include the original production of "Kinky Boots" and an earlier stint in "Wicked," as an ensemble member and understudy for Elphaba. "Kinky Boots" won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when she was part of the cast.