Wicked Australia Co-Producer John Frost has announced that the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster will fly to Perth in May 2015 as part of its 10th Anniversary tour. The Perth season at the Crown Theatre, Burswood will follow the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane legs of the tour.
“We are thrilled to bring Wicked back to Perth,” said John Frost. “Perth audiences flocked to Wicked during the last season, and we’ve had hundreds of requests on social media to bring it back. Wicked is a musical phenomenon; it has been seen by over 40 million people worldwide and regularly grosses in excess of US$1.8 million each week on Broadway. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience”.
Based on the novel by Gregory McGuire, Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops 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 their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Winner of over 90 major awards including the Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and seven Helpmann Awards including Best Musical, Wicked features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. Based on the original direction by Joe Mantello, the production is directed by Lisa Leguillou, and features musical staging by Wayne Cilento.
“Wicked was one of the most popular shows ever to run at Crown Theatre,” says Andrew Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Crown Perth. “To welcome the production back is a real privilege and an opportunity for the people of Perth to either see the show again, or if they missed it first time round, to see the show in their home State.”
Wicked plays at the Crown Theatre from 6 May 2015. Tickets on sale from 17 November 2014. For more information, visit: www.wickedthemusical.com.au for details.
Image: Australian Cast of Wicked – photo by Jeff Busby