Carla Stickler was working as a software engineer in Chicago when she got the call last weekend for one of the lead roles in the musical “Wicked”: Elphaba. Although he had spent years performing on Broadway as a backup in the role, he hadn’t done the show in seven years.
Still, he flew to New York so the show could go on.
Stickler said he left show business in 2015 after dealing with injuries and health problems, but returning to the stage in this unexpected way was a reminder of how magical the experience was.
“Having the opportunity to interpret it again after I have left the business is giving me the closure that I was missing,” he wrote. “If I never performed again, I could rest easy knowing that something out of this world happened last night.”
Stickler’s fellow actors also applauded his impressive feat.
Stickler isn’t the only one who has to put on a last-minute performance. As Omicron spreads across New York, multiple Broadway actors have been infected with Covid-19, meaning understudies, swings, and understudies have had to step in.