On Tuesday 11 March members of the WICKED cast joined Australian co-producer John Frost inside the greenified Doltone House to officially launch the Broadway Blockbuster’s Sydney season.

Hosted by Richard Wilkins, the event introduced cast members Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix, Steve Danielsen, Reg Livermore and Maggie Kirkpatrick to Sydney audiences.

Giving attendees a preview of some of the gravity defying performances they can expect when the show reaches the Capitol Theatre in September, the talented cast also shared their views on what makes WICKED so magical.

Group bookings for WICKED in Sydney are now open. Prepare to be spellbound with 12+ friends and secure great seats and save.

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Sydney Group Bookings Now Open

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The most awarded new musical and Broadway’s number one show will thrill audiences at the Capitol Theatre for a strictly limited season from 20 September 2014, and we couldn’t be happier to announce that group bookings for WICKED in Sydney 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 the best tickets to this global phenomenon now – before the pre-sales begin.

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Tuesday 7pm, Wednesday and Thursday 8pm $89.90pp SAVE $20*
Wednesday 1pm $89.90pp SAVE $10*
Wednesday 1pm (Pensioner Groups) $60.90pp SAVE $39*
Wednesday 1pm & 8pm, Thursday 8pm (School Groups) $55.90pp SAVE $44*
Saturday 2pm, Sunday 1pm & 6:30pm $99.90pp SAVE $21*
Friday and Saturday 8pm $120.90pp FULL PRICE

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*Savings based on full price adult tickets in A-Reserve. A payment processing fee of no more than 1.95% applies to purchases by credit card, debit card or gift card. The payment processing fee includes (but is not limited to) credit and debit card fees and expenses, administration and associated infrastructure costs. The payment processing fee will be added to the price displayed.

^School offers Wednesday 1pm & 8pm and Thursday 8pm only. School Group savings calculated off A-Reserve prices. 1 teacher per 20 students can go free.

**To make a group booking you must purchase at least 12 tickets at once for a single performance.


The Greenest Musical Goes Blue

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logoInternationally acclaimed Australian theatre producer John Frost OAM and The Honourable Jeff Kennett AC are delighted to announce that beyondblue will become WICKED’s official charity for the Melbourne season of WICKED.

“The partnership of WICKED and beyondblue forms a natural marriage. WICKED’s messages of good, the importance of acceptance and anti –bullying ideals really aligned us with beyondblue,” says John Frost OAM.

The Honourable Jeff Kennett AC said: “We are thrilled that Wicked is partnering with beyondblue to raise awareness of depression and anxiety amongst theatre enthusiasts, and to support 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. To spread awareness, we have worked with sporting bodies, businesses, schools and now an internationally-acclaimed theatre production because people from all backgrounds and interests experience depression and anxiety. It’s important to reach people in environments where they are comfortable.”

WICKED is proud to be beyondblue’s first major theatre partner and will support beyondblue in a number of ways, including donating the proceeds of the sale of all tickets to its Final Dress Rehearsal Performance to beyondblue.  This donation is made possible thanks to the Marriner Theatre Group, Ticketmaster and the WICKED Company.  The Final Dress Rehearsal will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday 4 May at the Regent Theatre.  Tickets for the performance will go on sale on Monday 3 March are just $69.90! (Credit card and transaction fees apply)

beyondblue information will also be distributed in 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.  It looks at the effects of all types of stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination and explores the importance of truth and how society defines good and evil, making it an excellent tool for spiritual, social and moral understanding. 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.

This 10th Anniversary tour of “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba, both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour, theatre legend Reg Livermore, has just been announced as The Wizard.   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. The role of Nessarose is played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey plays Boq.

WICKED returns to the Regent Theatre, Melbourne on May 7 for a strictly limited season prior to touring to Sydney and Brisbane.

Tickets to the WICKED beyondblue Dress Rehearsal are now on sale. BOOK NOW

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


Reg Livermore to play The Wizard

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Leading Australian theatre producer John Frost is ‘thrillified’ to announce that the role of the Wizard in the 2014 Melbourne and Sydney seasons of the Broadway musical is Reg Livermore.

Reg Livermore AO has been entertaining Australian audiences for almost 60 years, becoming one of this country’s leading and most respected performers. During the late 1960’s and early 1970’s he gave standout performances in Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar, then in 1974 he was rewarded with one of musical’s greatest roles, Dr Frank’n’Furter in the original Australian Production of The Rocky Horror Show, which led to the first in a series of his landmark one-man shows which cemented Reg’s name in Australian theatrical history. Most recently Reg has starred in Mel Brooks musical The Producers and Opera Australia’s production of My Fair Lady.

John Frost said “I am thrilled that Reg will be starring in the role of the Wizard, it is a complex and challenging role that has lured him back to the musical theatre stage. Reg will be a wonderful Wizard and we look forward to seeing him bring his world-class award winning style to the stage.”

This 10th Anniversary tour of “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times) also 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 screenMaggie Kirkpatrick returns as Madame Morrible. The role of Nessarose is played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey plays Boq.

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.

WICKED returns to the Regent Theatre, Melbourne on May 7 for a strictly limited season prior to touring to Sydney and Brisbane.


New Tickets Released In Melbourne

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We couldn’t be happier to announce that due to extraordinary demand, new tickets will be released today for the Melbourne season of WICKED. WICKED Australian Co-Producer John Frost, said, “Bookings are very strong for the return of WICKED to Melbourne – it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade.”

Frost also announced that WICKED would make its way to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre following the Melbourne season, from September 20. Tickets for the Sydney season will go on sale on March 17.

This 10th Anniversary tour of “one of the most successful shows in Broadway history” (The New York Times) 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. The role of Nessarose is played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey plays Boq.

Don’t leave it to the winds of chance, book your tickets now to the show that Entertainment Weekly has called ‘The Best Musical of the Decade’.

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Online Auction – Get WICKED For A Good Cause

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Here at WICKED we love taking action ‘for good’ so we couldn’t be happier to announce that the international producers and local presenters of WICKED in Manila have announced a silent auction with proceeds going to those who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Closing on 15 February 2014, the auction is open to all WICKED fans across the world. Auction items available for bidding include:

1. Get WICKED in the West End

A package that includes two round trip business Class Travel Certificates* departing from Manila to London, from our friends at Phillipine Airlines, accommodation** as The Athenaeum hotel, one of London’s top 5 Star hotels, and two tickets to watch WICKED! Explore the city and catch WICKED at the Appollo Victoria Theatre, West End.

Bidding Code: WKDMNL001
Starting Bid: Php 150,000

* Travel must be completed on or before 31 January 2015. Exclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges. Terms, conditions and issuance procedure of the certificates shall be printed at the back.

** Blackout dates when the hotel certificate cannot be used – June, July, Mid-August, and New Year’s Eve.

West End Experience

 2. One Short Day in the Emerald City – The Walk-On Role of a Lifetime

This thrillifying experience will take the person through the motions of rehearsals and a costume fitting before finally going up onstage to join the cast in not one, but THREE scenes in one of the shows.

Bidding Code: WKDMNL002
Starting Bid: Php 91,000

Walk On Role

3. Music Sheet signed by Stepen Schwartz, Composer and Lyricist of WICKED

Be the proud owner of the ‘Defying Gravity’ music sheet signed by the legendary Stephen Schwartz, with a special dedication thanking you for helping out the people who were affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

Bidding Code: WKDMNL003
Starting Bid: Php 45,500

Schwartz

4. Glinda’s Training Wand

Owning this beautifully packaged prop will make WICKED fans everywhere turn green with envy! A turning point in the show is when Glinda receives a training wand from Madame Morrible at the request of Elphaba. This is the catalyst for the deep friendship formed by the two witches as the story progresses.

Bidding Code: WKDMNL004
Starting Bid: Php 22,750

Wand

To make a bid on any of these items find the bidding code and starting bid for your desired item in the images above, and email your bid to bid@wickedthemusical.com.ph

Keep track of the auction and the current highest bids here.

Silent Auction closes on 15 February 2014, 5pm Phillippine Standard Time.


On Friday 31 January, WICKED Manila held a special matinee benefit performance, with all proceeds from the show going to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.

Before the show, cast members transported the lobby of the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo to the Emerald City, coming out in full green costume and inviting audience members to have a photo taken with them for a donation.

After the show an auction was held, hosted by the fabulous Tessa Prieto Valdez, where successful bidders won backstage tours, afternoon tea with the cast and an exclusive M.A.C pack. At the end of the show cast headed out to the foyers again, buckets in hand and collected money for the benefit!

A huge thanks to the cast, crew, musicians, CCP theatre, LunchBox Productions, Concertus & all the volunteers who helped out! We’ll let you know how much was raised in the coming weeks and what it will be put towards.

Take a look at the photos from the day in the gallery below!

Yesterday, shoppers at Manila’s Rustand Grand Mall were treated to a special peek behind the emerald curtain in a magical event brought together in partnership, by WICKED, its local Manila presenters and M.A.C.

Hosted by M.A.C and featuring Steve Danielsen, our very own Fiyero, as the Master of Ceremonies, this thrillifying occasion provided fans with the chance to witness the greenification process that sees the WICKED Wigs and Make-up department go through one pot of M.A.C green make-up per week.

See Elphaba standby, Ali Calder being greenified by WICKED Head of Wigs and Make-up, Kellie Ritchie, for yourself in the gallery below.

Countdown to Melbourne

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WICKED_295_jimleepixWhen the Time Dragon clock reaches 100 days we’re celebrating with something Oz-some and fun.

Check back on Thursday 30th January and follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss the day.


WICKED has flown into Manila and cast its spell, opening to a full house of standing ovations on 22 January.

Playing at the Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo, WICKED will be weaving its magic across the Phillipines until 23 February, with costume displays at TriNorma and Alabang Town Center adding to what promises to be a wickedly wonderful season.

On 31 January WICKED will also be holding a benefit show and auction in Manila ‘For Good’. Featuring spell-binding items such as a signed page of Stephen Schwartz’s ‘Defying Gravity’ music sheets, the proceeds of the performance and auction will help raise funds for those affected by Tyhphoon Yolanda.

We look forward to seeing our Oz and NZ fans in Manila. More details at wickedthemusical.com.ph

Spreading The WICKED Word

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Glen Hogstrom as Dr Dillamond, Photo by Maye E WongCongratulotions to Lorna McLeod, from St Monica’s College in Epping who has won two preview tickets to WICKED in Melbourne. Lorna entered our competition at the Drama Victoria Conference last week. It was great to be at the conference spreading the WICKED word to Drama teachers across the State!


After falling under its spell each night for the past two months, Auckland has bid a final farewell to international smash-hit musical, WICKED.

Since 17 September, thousands of New Zealanders have flocked to The Civic to see Broadway’s biggest blockbuster musical.

While playing in Auckland, the untold story of the witches of Oz was met with rave reviews from WICKED composer himself, Stephen Schwartz as well as such stars as Farscape’s Ben Browder, Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis, and the A-team’s Dwight Schultz.
On Sunday 24 November, as the final curtain fell, the cast and crew were met with a standing ovation of cheers and applause that echoed just how successful the premiere Auckland season of WICKED had been.

The celebrations didn’t only end in Auckland however, with thousands of Ozians joining us online and sharing their wonderful stories for the WICKED Day competition. Congratulations to our grand prize winner Janelle Clough from Brisbane and her daughter Lucy who earned a trip to the final performance of WICKED in Auckland.

Relive the magic of the Closing Night of WICKED in the gallery below.