Harrison, Durack, Guest, Mills, Callea and Kirkpatrick to Star in Australia's Wicked | Playbill

News Harrison, Durack, Guest, Mills, Callea and Kirkpatrick to Star in Australia's Wicked
Principal casting has been announced for the upcoming Australian production of Wicked, which will make its premiere at Melbourne's Regent Theatre July 12.

Lucy Durack
Lucy Durack

The cast will be headed by Amanda Harrison as the green-faced 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 will be joined onstage by Rob Guest as the Wizard of Oz, Rob Mills as Fiyero, Anthony Callea as Boq and Maggie Kirkpatrick as Madame Morrible.

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.

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. In the United States, Wicked also plays Chicago's Ford Center for the Performing Arts/Oriental Theatre and Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre as well as the national tour.

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

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