Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones are delighted to announce that Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix are joining the cast of the world’s favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz, to play Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West respectively, alongside Anthony Warlow who will be playing The Wizard and Professor Marvel.
The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 4 November 2017 before travelling to the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from 30 December. Tickets go on sale next week.
Lucy Durack is one of Australia’s most exciting leading ladies of stage and screen with a list of major roles to her credit. On the musical stage, she played Glinda in the original Australian cast of Wicked and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde The Musical for which she won both Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Awards as Best Actress in a Musical. Lucy’s numerous TV credits include Doctor Doctor, Upper Middle Bogan, The Letdown, Here Come The Habibs and The Moodys
Jemma Rix was part of the original Australian cast of Wicked, and performed the leading role of Elphaba across Australia during both Australian tours, as well as in Singapore, Seoul, Auckland and Manila. She went on to star as Molly Jensen in Ghost The Musical during the Australian tour, and most recently made her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert Witches. Jemma is currently recording her first solo album due to launch in August.
“With Lucy, Jemma and Anthony Warlow as the Wizard, we have a matchless leading cast, and I can’t wait to audition talented young actresses to wear Dorothy’s ruby red slippers and sing one of the most-beloved songs of all time, Over The Rainbow,” said John Frost. “This beautiful, sumptuous production was a huge hit in London, and audiences enjoyed revisiting the classic story that’s universally loved. It’s also wonderful to rehearse and open the production in Queensland.”
“I’m thrilled that Lucy and Jemma will reunite to play the roles that shot them to stardom in Wicked in this new Australian tour of The Wizard of Oz. They are two remarkable and talented performers, and it will be wonderful to see them weave their magic together on stage again,” added Suzanne Jones.
Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
This new production of The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at The London Palladium Theatre in March 2011. After a successful West End run, the production had its North American premiere in Toronto in December 2012, and then embarked on a US tour from September 2013.
The production boasts a stellar creative team: Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll & Daniel Brodie (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Guy Simpson (musical supervision).
Tickets go on sale from Friday 26 May in Sydney and Friday 2 June in Brisbane. Waitlist now to be the first in line to purchase tickets. For more information, visit: www.wizardofozthemusical.com for details.
Image: Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack to star in The Wizard of Oz – photo by Brian Geach