Last week some of the WICKED crew visited Canberra to meet with the travel industry and talk to the media about the show.

The crew made the trip in the WICKED Volvo.

The Capitol Theatre is currently running a GREENICIATION program to encourage local businesses around the theatre precinct to “wickify” their business.

The most recent winner is:
The Chamberlain Hotel
428 Pitt Street, Sydney
www.chamberlainhotel.com.au

Marcus van Vogt (manager/licensee) has been very proactive from the very beginning. A huge sign for “WICKED DEALS” was printed for the C-bar building and GREEN lighting installed. A WICKED menu was designed including cocktails inspired by WICKED characters and songs. An interior wall was painted GREEN and photos of the also the entire cast have been put up. These have been fantastic ideas and I hope that you pop into the Chamberlain to check it out!

Yesterday, WICKED Australia cast members, swapped their costumes for shovels as they rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty at Taronga Zoo to support WICKED Day. WICKED Day is all about giving back to the community and given the strong themes about how animals interact and are treated in the show, the WICKED cast were more than happy to offer Taronga Zoo some volunteer support.

The WICKED cast assisted Taronga Zoo with their Backyard to Bush project, which involved a variety of landscaping activities to ensure that this precinct remains a pristine Australian bush habitat for the range of native Australian animals such as kangaroos, emus, as well as goats, pigs and cattle dogs that roam within.

Cast and crew members were also able to get in touch with their WICKED side by handling and refurbishing the enclosures for a selection of cold blooded reptiles including the diamondback snake, the blue tongue lizard and the shingleback lizard. Lucy Durack and Rob Mills were also lucky enough to feed two of Taronga Zoo’s tallest inhabitants, the thrillifying giraffes.

In addition to the volunteer activities that took place yesterday, WICKED has been undertaking collections in the theatre to support the endangered Tasmanian Devils.

For those fans wanting to celebrate WICKED Day BOOK TICKETS to the matinee performance on Sunday 1 November and come dressed as your favourite WICKED character. There will be on the spot WICKED prizes for the Best Dressed prior to the commencement of the matinee. Winners will also have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the cast after the show.

WICKED says congratulotions to Passionflower Cafe Capitol Square for being WICKED’s first greenification winner in the Capitol Theatre Precinct!

To support the opening of WICKED in Sydney local business were given the opportunity to compete against each other by becoming WICKED themed. The first winner was Passionflower!

Passionflower has installed GREEN lighting, displaying WICKED posters, working on GREEN décor at the café. But most importantly they have created some truly lovely WICKED desserts. WICKED fans should definitely head to Passionflower and try one or all three; you never know which WICKED star you might bump in to!

 

PASSIONFLOWER CAFÉ
CAPITOL SQUARE

730-742 George St Haymarket NSW 2000

 

he November winner is:
Starbucks Haymarket,
730-742 George St, Haymarket NSW 2000.

Grant Garlick (store manager) has been very supportive of the Greenification process and has helped to do the following at the Haymarket Starbucks Store: introduce a WICKED DEAL in their store, provide a free upgrade of drink size for ticket holders and create a special WICKED FRAPPACHINO.

Starbucks have also created table tents & posters with a WICKED design! We will also run a story about Starbucks Haymarket on our facebook page very soon:www.facebook.com/wickedinoz

We would like to thank Starbucks Haymarket by inviting Grant and a guest to see WICKED at the Capitol Theatre. The Winning Package includes: 2 x A-reserve tickets, 2 signature cocktails, 2 ice creams and a WICKED program. Congratulotions to the Starbucks team!

On Saturday 12 September WICKED had its official opening at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. The night began with celebrities arriving in their most WICKED attire – green frocks and suits abounded. The Capitol Theatre was illuminated with an emerald green glow and the WICKED spot lights could be seen all over Sydney.

The premiere performance was electrifying. The entire audience stood to applaud the wonderful, talented cast who had delivered such a sensational show.

After the lengthy standing ovation, guests were escorted down the green carpet to the stage door entry point. Party attendees were then given a sneak-peek of the backstage area and shepherded across the stage where they could get up close and personal with the costumes, props and the famous fire-breathing Time Dragon.

The party was a WICKED affair with celebrities in every corner:

The cast were announced and everyone raised their glass in a toast as the company entered down the marble staircase. The festivities continued into the wee hours – it was a thrillifying night of rejoicification.

Congratulotions to the cast and crew of WICKED!

On Friday 4 September WICKED held its Final Dress Rehearsal. This was charity performance for Lifehouse at RPA: The Chris O’Brien Cancer Centre at the Capitol Theatre. The performance raised in excess of $90,000 for the charity. Thanks to the Australian News Channel, JC Decaux and Ticketmaster for their generous support and all the cast, crew and Capitol Theatre staff who donated their time for the evening.

Lifehouse at RPA is a not-for-profit Public Benevolent institution. Lifehouse will re-invest income to further develop cancer treatment, care, research and education.

To find out more about Lifehouse go to www.lifehouserpa.org.au

On Saturday 29 August Amanda Harrison, Lucy Durack, Rob Mills and other cast members of WICKED performed for Sydney Swan fans before the big game.

On Friday 28 August at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney media were invited to a ‘Meet and Greet’ with the cast and creative team of WICKED.

The ‘Meet and Greet’ began with an introduction from WICKED Australia’s Co-Producer John Frost. The media were then escorted around the Capitol Theatre and given the opportunity to see the thrillifying WICKED set being installed. Afterwards the talented cast and ensemble of WICKED sang “One Short Day” which drew a massive round of applause.

The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt MP, Acting Premier of NSW presented the 2009 Helpmann Award® for Best Direction of a Musical to Lisa Leguillou, who is in Sydney for the opening of WICKED at the Capitol Theatre.

Overall it was an oz-some event, check out the photos below:

 

The winner of ANZ’s Win a Part in WICKED competition, Henry Brett (17), had the week of his life last week when he got to perform on stage with the cast of WICKED. After a week of costume fittings, media interviews and rehearsals Henry was ready to tread the boards at the Regent Theatre on Friday night.

 

Last Tuesday, Accor Hotels hosted a dinner for their long serving staff members. WICKED cast members Jemma Rix and Liz Stiles gave a surprise and intimate performance of ‘For Good’ for the guests.

Last Friday, WICKED stars Jemma Rix and Rodney Dobson appeared at the M·A·C Myer store in Bourke Street, Melbourne to show the many WICKED fans and shoppers how the onstage WICKED looks are created.

Production makeup artist Kellie Ritchie and Resident Director Kris Stewart, along with the cast members, talked through the application process whilst they transformed Jemma and Rodney into their respective characters Elphaba and Dr. Dillamond. The cast then stayed behind to sign autographs and have their photos taken and with the fans.

M·A·C Cosmetics is the official make up provider of WICKED.