Brisbane Now On Sale

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Thrillifying news! We couldn’t be happier to announce that tickets are now on sale for the Brisbane season of WICKED.

The most awarded new musical and Broadway’s number one show will thrill Brisbane from 14th February 2015 at the Lyric Theatre.

Winner of 90 major awards including a Grammy®, three Tony Awards® and six Helpmann Awards® including Best Musical, WICKED was hailed by The New York Times as “The Defining Musical of the Decade” and is sure to weave it’s spell over Brisbane audiences of all ages.

Awe-inspiring and spectacular, WICKED is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular.

WICKED tells the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

Prepare to be spellbound and book your tickets to this Broadway Phenomenon today.

 


WICKED Reaches 90,000 Facebook Fans

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We couldn’t be happier to announce that our official WICKED Facebook page has reached 90,000 Ozians.

In order to express our gratitution to all our fans old and new, we will be releasing a special series of cast videos on our Facebook page. Head on over to our Facebook page to watch the first video and hear Jemma Rix answer all your WICKED questions. If you haven’t already, make sure to ‘Like’ our page to keep up to date with the whole series as video is released.

Are you on Twitter or Instagram?

As part of our 90,000 Ozian celebrations, the WICKED cast will be featured on Twitter and Instagram to show you what goes on inside the Emerald City

This week, our very own Glinda, Lucy Durack will start it off with regular posts throughout the week. Prepare to be spellbound and follow our cast members’ backstage adventures throughout the takeover by liking our Facebook page, following us on Twitter or Instagram, or by visiting our website’s Fan Fun section.


WICKED Cast Update

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Lilli CooperWICKED welcomes Lilli Cooper as Elphaba Standby until June 15 while Ali Cooper is recuperating from a traffic accident.

A native New Yorker, Lilli is delighted to make her Australian stage debut in the Melbourne production of WICKED after understudying the role of Elphaba in the North American Tour. She made her Broadway debut in the hit new musical Spring Awakening at age 16, while attending LaGuardia Arts High School in New York City. She can also be heard on Spring Awakening’s Original Broadway Cast recording.

Described in The New Yorker as “Perfectly cast”, Lilli was most recently seen in the Off-Broadway revival of The Threepenny Opera, where she played Lucy Brown. Cooper’s favourite theatre credits include LMNOP (Goodspeed’s Norma Terris), Independents (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Skin of Our Teeth and Reasons to Be Pretty. She has performed on The View, Good Morning America and The American Theater Wing’s Tony Awards and can be seen in a handful of national commercials.

Huge thanks to everyone at Buchwald, Telsey + Co! and her WICKED family.

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Brisbane Group Bookings Now Open

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The most awarded new musical and Broadway’s number one show will thrill audiences at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC for a strictly limited season from 15 February 2015, and we couldn’t be happier to announce that group bookings for WICKED in Brisbane are now open. Winner of 90 international awards including a Grammy® Award, three Tony Awards® and six Helpmann Awards®, it is one of the most successful theatrical events in the world, and if you prepare to be spellbound with 12+ friends you can book tickets to this global phenomenon now – before the pre-sales begin.

GROUPS 12+ SAVE
A RESERVE  SAVING
Tuesday 6:30pm, Wednesday 8pm and Thursday 8pm $89.90pp SAVE $20*
Wednesday 1pm $89.90pp SAVE $10*
Wednesday 1pm (Pensioner Groups) $60.90pp SAVE $39*
Saturday 2pm, Sunday 3pm & 6:30pm $99.90pp SAVE $21*
Friday and Saturday 8pm $120.90pp FULL PRICE

Groups of 20 or more save. Book 20 or more and receive 1 free ticket!†

ARE YOU A SCHOOL GROUP?

The price per student for groups 12+ is just $55.90^

Groups 20+ are entitled to bring one teacher free of charge

This price applies to Wednesday 1pm & 8pm, Tuesday 6:30pm, Thursday 8pm performances only.

The Wizard will see you now!

BOOK NOW

**To make a group booking you must purchase at least 12 tickets at once for a single performance. *Savings based on full price adult tickets in A-Reserve. Performance times are subject to change. †One free ticket for bookings of 20+. Applies only to bookings made at the groups price. ^Recommended for ages 8 and above. Prices for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings apply to Balcony 2 only. A $14 transaction fee per booking applies. Subject to availability. 


The WICKED Lottery Begins Evening of 31st May

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Currently performing at Regent Theatre, WICKED’s producers are offering lucky fans the chance to buy a limited number of special priced tickets through a WICKED Lottery commencing from the evening performance on Saturday 31st May.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for fans to buy great priced tickets to their favourite musical,” says WICKED’s Australian co-Producer John Frost. “They may be visitors from interstate or overseas and in Melbourne for just a day or two, and haven’t booked ahead. Tourists are always among the Lottery entries at Regent Theatre box office. According to Frost, younger audiences are also fans of the WICKED lottery. “Students and young people love the idea of the Lottery,” he says. “On impulse they turn up at the box office hoping to buy seats for a performance and find there’s the chance of getting great seats at a great price. And if their names are not drawn they can still buy tickets to the show.”

Interested in joining the WICKED lottery? Here’s how it works:

* Commencing from the evening performance Saturday 31st May, a limited number of $35 tickets will be available for each performance from Regent Theatre Box Office. 

* Limit of 2 tickets per person, cash only. 

* 2 & 1/2 hours prior to each performance, names will be collected.

* 2 hours prior to each performance names will be drawn. 

* Winners must be present (with valid photo ID) when their names are called, or they forfeit their tickets. 

* Please note: The ballot tickets are not to be onsold to a third party.

* WICKED ALERT: Due to the Herald Sun Friendship Day promotion we will not be running the Lottery on Sunday 3 August, 6.30pm performance. Buy the Herald Sun tomorrow and find out how you and a friend could have the chance to see WICKED for free tomorrow night. Good luck!

 


WICKED Casts Its Spell Over Melbourne

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10275367_10152406676587302_1758632165006720587_oOn Saturday WICKED cast its spell over Melbourne audiences as the Regent Theatre turned green inside and out for the opening of Broadway’s number one musical.

As Melbourne was bathed in green light in honour of the magical opening, the audience welcomed WICKED to Australian shores with a standing ovation.

Amongst the star-studded audience members who lit up the green carpet was Hollywood star Rachel Griffiths, singers Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Deborah Conway, actors Eddie Perfect, Lachy Hulme, Jacinta Stapleton and Melanie Vellajo, broadcaster Chrissie Swan, socialite Brynne Edelsten and entertainment veteran Patty Newton.

Take a look at all the green carpet photos from the night over at the official WICKED Facebook page.


WICKED Begins 10th Anniversary Tour

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Prepare to be spellbound! The 10th Anniversary Australian tour of the international musical theatre blockbuster WICKED opens at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on Saturday 10 May in front of a star studded audience. Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly.

“It has been an amazing journey to bring WICKED to the stage, and as we undertake our 10th Anniversary Tour, we are very excited to come back to Australia where the reception has been so extraordinary,” said WICKED producers Marc Platt and David Stone.  “Australian audiences have embraced and celebrated WICKED’s powerful storytelling and universal themes as warmly as those in North America, the UK, Japan, Germany, Holland, Singapore, Korea, New Zealand and the Philippines, and the Australian cast is second to none.”

WICKED Australia Co-producer John Frost added, “I’m thrilled we’re able to bring WICKED back to Australia as part of its 10th anniversary tour, and that audiences are again clamouring for tickets. This is one of the most lavish musical productions to have ever toured Australia, the full Broadway experience. You can see every dollar spent on the magnificent sets and lush costumes, a feast for the eye and the ear. If you missed it last time, come and see WICKED for the first time, and if you have seen it before, I know you’ll want to come back and be spellbound all over again.”

WICKED stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba, both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour. Joining the WICKED Company in his first musical theatre leading role is Steve Danielsen as Fiyero, while doyenne of stage and screen, Maggie Kirkpatrick returns as Madame Morrible. Playing Doctor Dillamond is be Nathan Carter, the role of Nessarose is played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey is Boq. Rounding out the lead cast is musical theatre icon Reg Livermore who returns to the stage as the Wizard.

Following the strictly limited Melbourne season, WICKED plays at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre from September 20 and at Brisbane’s Lyric Theatre from 15 February, 2015.


WICKED Cast Update

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Fresh from performing the role of Glinda in Singapore, Seoul, Auckland  and Manila, Suzie Mathers will perform some performances as Glinda while Lucy Durack recovers from a muscle injury.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Perth, Western Australia, Suzie received a Bachelor of Arts (Music Theatre) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2007. In the few short years since graduating, Suzie has fast made her mark in the Australian and International music theatre industry.

As an original ensemble member of WICKED in 2008, Suzie took over the role of Glinda in 2011, performing in Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand and Manilla to much critical acclaim. A highlight was performing to the shows composer Stephen Schwartz, twice.

Other past credits include the role of Sophie Sheridan in the 10th Anniversary Australian tour of Mamma Mia!, for which she was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2009 Sydney Theatre Awards, and her own show, No Place Like Home, in her hometown of Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Appearances include An afternoon with Stephen Sondheim at Her Majesty’s theatre Melbourne in 2012, both the 2011 and 2012 Rob Guest Endowment concerts, headlining artist at the 2012 Apex Carols by Candlelight, the 2009 Helpmann Awards, the role of Edith Faulkner in the 2007 New York Music Theatre Festival production of David King and Nick Enright’s The Good Fight and most recently in David Harris’ sold out show Time is a Traveller at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney. 

Suzie is proud to be the patron of the Western Australian Youth Voices (WAYV) and looks forward to donning the bubble dress once again for a short time here in Melbourne. 

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@suziemathers

 

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We would like to welcome Elphaba understudy, Sophie Wright who will replace Ali Calder, Elphaba Standby, while Ali is recovering from a traffic accident, which resulted in a fractured collar bone.

Sophie’s love of performing started from an early age when she would sing and dance to command attention from her three older siblings! She started tap, jazz and ballet lessons at age five with singing and drama lessons following. Whilst Sophie has performed in many musical productions, concert recitals and minor TV roles over the years, highlights include playing Rachel Maranos in John Doyle’s Marking Time (ABC TV), and ensemble in Dead Man Walking (Andrew McManus Presents) at the State Theatre in Sydney.

Upon leaving school Sophie was accepted into Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (Music Theatre), graduating in 2011. Highlights at WAAPA include supporting lead Sue Masters in James Millar and Peter Rutherford’s premiere of A Little Touch of Chaos, Mitsy and dance captain inCrazy for You and Sheila in A Chorus Line.

Soon after graduating from WAAPA, Sophie was cast in the Sydney production of Next To Normal. She has since been involved in film and TV work, in particular, playing the role of Lana in the new Australian feature film L.A.D, produced and directed by Martin McKenna.

Sophie is thrilled to be making her professional music theatre debut in Wicked as part of the ensemble and Elphaba cover. She wishes to thank her amazing agent, Ian White, for his guidance and her wonderful and loving family and friends for their unwavering love and support.


WICKED donates more than $80,000 to beyondblue

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BeyondBlueA4 A cheque for almost $83,000 was presented to beyond blue last night at the final dress rehearsal performance of WICKED. 

The hit Broadway musical is beyondblue’s official charity partner and is donating the full takings of last night’s sold out performance to help raise awareness of depression and anxiety.

beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said the donation would go towards continuing beyondblue’s work reducing stigma and encouraging people to take action to get help for depression and anxiety.

“This has been a hugely successful partnership, with all tickets sold in a matter of weeks and extra tickets released to meet demand,” she said.

“We are very thankful to WICKED for generously donating the proceeds of ticket sales and are proud that this award-winning smash hit musical is our arts partner.”

The donation was made possible thanks to the Marriner Theatre Group, Ticketmaster and the WICKED Company.

“We are also grateful for the opportunity to deliver our messages about depression and anxiety to theatre enthusiasts, and remind them our Support Service is available 24/7 for people with these conditions and their families. 

“At any one time, a million people in Australia have depression and two million have anxiety, so it is highly likely everyone will know someone who has been affected. This partnership has enabled beyondblue to reach theatre goers, in the same way we promote mental health awareness at sports events, in schools and in workplaces.”

beyondblue information is also being distributed via the WICKED Education Program. Over the last 10 years, hundreds of thousands of students from around the world have experienced and learnt from the important messages in the story that is WICKED and the Education Program will continue on this path. 

WICKED inspires discussion about friendship, accepting differences, personal values and the consequence of choices. Within the show there are themes about bullying and WICKED recognises that bullying can be a factor in people developing symptoms of depression and anxiety.

For more information on beyondblue go to www.beyondblue.org.au


Melbourne Greening

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Prepare to see parts of Melbourne transformed into a very WICKED shade of green on Monday 5 May. See Reg Livermore, in his first appearance as the Wizard, with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle as he plunges the Town Hall into Emerald City green. The Forum Theatre, Manchester Unity Building, The Sofitel on Collins and the Regent Theatre will also be bathed in green light to celebrate the beginning of our 10th anniversary tour in Melbourne.

See a special message from Jemma Rix on Facebook.

Ozians are invited to join us at Town Hall for the ‘greening’ to welcome the Wizard to Melbourne from 6pm on Monday 5 May. See you there!


With just 2 weeks to go until WICKED opens in Melbourne, the Australian cast and crew of the most awarded new musical and Broadway’s number one show, have officially moved into the Regent Theatre.

Yesterday, our favourite Ozians were back in the studio, celebrating the first day of rehearsals for the Australian Tour of WICKED. The staging crew were also hard at work transforming the beautiful Regent Theatre stage into the spellbinding Land of Oz.

Take a look at our behind the scenes gallery below.

Spellbinding Sydney Travel Packages

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We couldn’t be happier to announce that leading travel website Wotif.com has partnered with WICKED, the award-winning Broadway musical, to offer bewitching Sydney travel packages combining flights, hotel and theatre tickets.

Wotif.com is the official travel partner for the Sydney season of WICKED, which is set to thrill audiences at the Capitol Theatre from September 20, 2014. The exclusive travel packages are now on sale. WICKED producers have also chosen Vibe Hotels as their official accommodation partner.

Wotif Group Flights and Packages Executive General Manager, Helen Demetriou, said the partnership was testament to Wotif.com’s great-value travel packages. “Our theatre packages allow customers to book the best travel deals plus their show ticket all in one convenient booking,” Ms Demetriou said.

“We’re proud to partner with WICKED to offer theatre tickets, along with domestic flights in Australia and hotel accommodation in Sydney. For those who don’t need a flight, we’ve also got WICKED ticket and hotel packages too.”

To book your packages visit wotif.com/packages.