THE RYDGES POST

Entertainment/Theatre ian 7/24/2013

The magical international blockbuster musical, WICKED, returns to Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in May 2014 and tickets are now on pre-sale.  Following the Melbourne run, the show will go to Sydney and Brisbane.  Kiwi audiences get to see the show this year for a limited season at the Civic in Auckland from September 17.

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 story of how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

When WICKED opened on Broadway, it worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of 35 major awards including a Grammy® Award and three Tony Awards® including Best Musical, today it remains one of the most successful theatrical events in the world.

Lucy Durack will reclaim the role she created in the original Australian production of WICKED, 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 Danielson 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.

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

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