The final cast members were announced today for the Broadway Blockbuster musical WICKED, which flies into Australia’s Emerald City at the Sydney Lyric from 25 August.
Rising star Zoe Coppinger will be the Elphaba Standby, the girl born with emerald-green skin who grows up to become the “Wicked Witch of the West”. Zoe made her professional music theatre debut at age 18 in The Production Company’s season of Gypsy and has since performed in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Guys and Dolls, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Boy From Oz, Curtains, Fiddler On The Roof and Muriel’s Wedding. Most recently, Zoe played the role of Missy in Crossroads Live’s 9 to 5.
The talented group of performers comprising the WICKED Ensemble and Swings includes Christian Ambesi, Conor Bann-Murray, Brittany Carter, Olivia Castagna, Eli Cooper, Matt Cranleigh, Joseph Donovan, Sage Douglas, Bayley John Edmends, Todd Jacobsson, Rohan Khanna, Andrew Kroenert, Elisha Zion Lee, Jordan Malone, Emily Monsma, Matilda Moran, Jackson Reedman, Amelia Sanzo, Edward Smith, Ksenia Teliatnikova, Lucas Van Rhijn, Jessica Vellucci, Mietta White and Jun Woodfield.
These stellar performers join the already announced lead cast of Courtney Monsma as Glinda, Sheridan Adams as Elphaba, Robyn Nevin in the role of Madame Morrible, Todd McKenney as the Wizard, Liam Head as Fiyero, Adam Murphy playing Dr Dillamond, Shewit Belay in the role of Nessarose and Kurtis Papadinis as Boq.
On behalf of his Co-producers, John Frost said, “We received over 2,000 applications when the casting call for WICKED went out, we auditioned over 1,000 of Australia’s top performers and are so excited with the calibre and talent of every one of our cast members. WICKED is loved by Australians, and we have no doubt audiences will embrace our ‘thrillifying’ cast led by Courtney and Sheridan. We can’t wait for it to open in Sydney in August, for Australia to fall in love with the show all over again.”