Auckland Celebrates WICKED Day 2013

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Every 30 October, Ozians from across the world come together to celebrate the the WICKEDest day of the year – Wicked Day. This year was made all the more thrillifying by the fact that it also marked the 10th Anniversary of the WICKED Broadway premiere.

Audience members from across New Zealand joined in the festivating, releasing their inner witches, wizards and Emerald City citizens for the best dressed competition at The Civic, Auckland.

As part of the WICKED Day celebrations we held bucket collections for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Auckland. We couldn’t be happier to announce that thanks to our fans generosity we raised &5,009.40!

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. Congratulotions 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 WICKED Day 2013 celebrations and take a look at the all photos from the day on our Facebook page.


WICKED Celebrates 10 Years On Broadway!

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Today the global sensation WICKED celebrates its 10th birthday on Broadway. The award-winning musical theatre blockbuster is currently playing in nine productions around the world: New York, London, Japan (Tokyo), South Korea (Seoul), Latin America (Mexico City), a UK tour, two concurrent North American national tours, and the Australian production playing at the Civic Theatre, Auckland.

Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented nine consecutive years, WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly. It has been seen by over 38 million people across the globe, grossing over $3.1 billion in worldwide box office. Over 2 million people have enjoyed the Australian production of WICKED.

A special 10th Anniversary performance of WICKED will be held tonight at the Gershwin Theatre, New York, to which alumni cast members, producers and creative team have been invited, including Australian Co-Producer John Frost and General Manager Australasia Bernadette Hayes.


Rejoicify! We’re Celebrating 10 Years

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47Oh what a celebration we’ll have this WICKED Week!

Since our New York premiere a decade ago, WICKED has grossed over $3.1 billion worldwide and has been seen by over 38 million people across the globe. By the end of 2013, the global phenomenon will have been performed in over 100 cities in 13 countries around the world – U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Holland, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, The Philippines, Mexico and New Zealand.

Mark WICKED DAY 30th October 2013 in your calendar and join the festivating this WICKED Week.

If you’re in Auckland there’s no better place to be than at the show on WICKED Day. Be sure to stick around after both performances as the stars of WICKED will be available for autograph signings for 30mins in the foyer. Dress-up in the evening to win great prizes, the judging will commence at 7pm in front of the WICKED photo wall in the foyer. AND everyone can help us to raise money FOR GOOD on the day with a bucket collection for SPCA.

If you can’t make it to Auckland, join us right here for an exclusive encore screening of our behind the scenes TV special.

The screening will be available for just 24 hours on 30 October.
AND as a special WICKED Day treat we’ll be giving everyone the chance to fly!
See you back here on 30 October for the chance to win some gravity defying prizes.


You’re Invited – Public Greening

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Ever wondered how Elphaba is greenified? Well here’s your chance to witness the transformation. WICKED and M.A.C are joining together to bring you a magical event.

Come to the M.A.C Counter at the Smith & Caughey’s Queen Street store at 12:30pm on Friday 18 October and see Elphaba standby, Ali Calder be greenified by WICKED Head of Wigs and Make Up, Kellie Ritchie.

See you there!

 


At 7pm last night Auckland was transformed into New Zealand’s own emerald city, as Jay Laga’aia (The Wizard) and Mayor, Len Brown, jointly pushed the plunger to bathe Auckland Town Hall, the Aotea Centre and Aotea Square, and the Civic theatre in green light.

John Frost, Co-Producer of WICKED, said, “We are delighted to be adding a touch of green to New Zealand’s very own Emerald City. WICKED is like no other show that I have worked on before, the fan base for and support for this show worldwide is quite a phenomenon, and looking at the support we have received already in Auckland I think we are off to a great start here. We thank Auckland for such a warm welcome.”

Stephen Schwartz Praises Auckland Company

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SCHWARTZ-600x371On Tuesday 17 September WICKED creator, Stephen Schwartz, was part of the first audience in New Zealand to see WICKED as it flew onto the Civic’s stage for its first preview performance.

Stephen and Auckland went crazy for WICKED, springing to their feet in a full standing ovation as the show hit it’s final note.

Meeting the Auckland cast, musicians and crew after the show, Stephen thanked them all in person for bringing his creation to life for the people of New Zealand.

Describing Suzie Mathers, Jemma Rix and Jay Laga’aia as “delightful” and “spectacular”, Stephen heralded the New Zealand company as “the best cast I have seen in years and years”.

WICKED is now playing in Auckland’s Civic theatre.


On 8 July, the WICKED cast traded the Emerald City for the streets of Melbourne’s CBD to officially announce the production’s return to Melbourne for a strictly limited season in 2014.

To celebrate the occasion, WICKED Australian co-producer John Frost was joined by Minister for the Arts, Women’s Affairs and Consumer Affairs, Hon. Heidi Victoria MP on the steps of Melbourne’s Town Hall. Following its return to Melbourne, the WICKED Australian comeback tour will then travel to Sydney and Brisbane. Join the waitlist now for Sydney and Brisbane and book your tickets for Melbourne.

Watch the video to see this thrillifying event!

 

The Land Of Oz Is At Your Fingertips!

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appOzians, you can now have the magical land of Oz at your fingertips any time of the day with the official WICKED mobile app!

Available for free download to iPhone and Android devices, the app allows you to connect with WICKED on-the-go, from anywhere, anytime.

Featuring hours worth of exclusive content, keep up-to-date with all the latest news from WICKED productions worldwide, view exclusive images, download the show’s soundtrack and take photos using bewitching photo cards, plus much more.

Download the free app from iTunes or the Android Store.


WICKED Returns To Melbourne With A Star Cast

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The thrillifying news has just been announced that WICKED is returning to its original Australian home in Melbourne for a strictly limited season before touring to Sydney and Brisbane in 2014.

Lucy Durack will reclaim the role she created in the original Australian production ofWICKED, Glinda the Good; pretty, perky, vain and popular but also vulnerable.

With 800 performances across Australia and Asia under her belt, Jemma Rix returns to the role of Elphaba, the misunderstood ‘Wicked’ Witch born with emerald green skin and a great talent for sorcery.

Joining the WICKED company direct from Legally Blonde to play his first musical theatre leading role will be Steve Danielsen as Fiyero.

Doyenne of stage and screen, Maggie Kirkpatrick will play Madame Morrible, the Head Mistress of Shiz University who takes Elphaba under her wing, training her in sorcery.

Playing Doctor Dillamond will be Glen Hogstrom, who joined the cast in this role during the Asian tour. The role of Nessarose will be played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey, currently playing Kiki in Legally Blonde, will play Boq.

 

The members of the WICKED Ensemble will be Justin Anderson, Daniel Assetta, Dion Bilios, Rachel Cole, Danielle Cook, Daniel Downing, Danielle Evrat, Mitch Fistrovic, Tom Handley, Emma Hawthorne, Matt Holly, Angela Lumicisi, Katie McKee, Kassie Martin, John O’Hara, Deanna O’Leary, Joseph O’Sullivan, Justine Puy, Chris Scalzo, Pharic Scott, Ryan Shepard, Ellen Sutton, Monica Swayne and Sophie Wright.

“If every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.” – Time Magazine

The return WICKED Australian comeback tour goes on pre-sale 9th July 2013. Join the waitlist to access the pre-sale and get your tickets first.


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Thrillifying news! On 8th July we’ll be making a WICKED announcement in Melbourne.

To help rejoicify this occasion we are giving you the chance to win a VIP experience that is sure to make all your friends green with envy!

‘LIKE’ our Facebook page and enter your details to go in the running to win a magical prize including 2 tickets to the first WICKED Melbourne preview, an invitation for you and a guest to the exclusive launch event and a WICKED Gift bag.

Enter Now to be the first fans to see WICKED when we return home to Melbourne!

 

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WICKED Receives 12 Helpmann Nominations!

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WICKED is the big winner in nominations for this year’s Helpmann Awards. The premier awards in Australian theatre, the Helpmanns will be announced in the Sydney Opera House on July 27. And WICKED will be up for 12 of the 41 awards – including Best Musical.

Amanda Harrison and Lucy Durack, the witches from WICKED, are nominated in the Best Actress category. Maggie Kirkpatrick (Madame Morrible) is going for the Best Supporting Actress award. And the Rob Guest, whose death last year plunged the music theatre world into mourning, has been nominated for Best Supporting Actor.

Other WICKED nominations are for costumes, set, sound, lighting, choreography, direction, and score.


Maggie Kirkpatrick Returns To WICKED

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Accomplished and admired leading lady of the stage, Maggie Kirkpatrick – who created one of the most iconic characters on Australian television is confirmed to play Madam Morrible when we head to New Zealand in September.

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Maggie – known for her role as Joan “The Freak” Ferguson, a sadistic and corrupt lesbian prison officer in Prisoner – will reprise the role she’s been playing since WICKED opened in Melbourne in 2008.

 

Maggie holds a unique place in Australian entertainment. As well as creating the iconic Joan “The Freak” Ferguson on television, she simultaneously evolved into one of the most accomplished and admired theatrical leading ladies.

Maggie has worked extensively with Australia’s leading theatre companies and her musical repertoire includes Irene, Anything Goes, Songs from Side Show Alley, Singin’ in the Rain, The Screw Is Loose, the cabaret Maggie Kirkpatrick…Still Here and the West End production of Prisoner Cell Block H – The Musical.

Read more about Maggie’s announcement in these articles:

NZ Herald – Wicked part for a veteran villain

TV3 – VIDEO → Madame Morrible and crew set to hit NZ

Newstalk ZB – Maggie Kirkpatrick joins NZ season of ‘Wicked’