"For Good": Wicked Flies Into Australia July 12

News   "For Good": Wicked Flies Into Australia July 12
The Australian production of the international hit musical Wicked makes its premiere at Melbourne's Regent Theatre July 12.
Lucy Durack
Lucy Durack

The cast is headed by Amanda Harrison as the green-faced, misunderstood Elphaba with Lucy Durack as the popular, curly locked Glinda. Harrison has been seen in productions of We Will Rock You, Leader of the Pack, Oklahoma!, The Boy From Oz, Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard. Durack's stage credits include Mamma Mia!, Respect, Carousel, Company, Oklahoma! and 42nd Street. Harrison and Durack are joined onstage by Rob Guest as the Wizard, Rob Mills as Fiyero, Anthony Callea as Boq, Maggie Kirkpatrick as Madame Morrible, Rodney Dobson as Doctor Dillamond and Penny McNamee as Nessarose.

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Based on Gregory Maguire's novel, which turned every Oz myth inside out, Wicked explores the early life of the witches of Oz: Glinda and Elphaba. The two main characters meet at Shiz, a school where both hope to take up sorcery. Glinda is madly popular and Elphaba is, well, green. By a misunderstanding, they wind up roommates and, after an initial period of mutual loathing, begin to learn something about each other. Their life paths continue to intersect through a shared love, entry into the Emerald City and interaction with the Wizard himself. Eventually, their choices and convictions take them on widely different paths. The Australian production features the entire original creative team, including Joe Mantello (director), Wayne Cilento (musical staging), Eugene Lee (scenic designer), Susan Hilferty (costume designer), Kenneth Posner (lighting designer) and Tony Meola (sound designer).

With a score by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman, Wicked began previews on Broadway Oct. 8, 2003, after a summer tryout at San Francisco's Curran Theatre.

For more information visit www.wickedthemusical.com.au.

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