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.