Wicked a musical and box-office success

Lucy Durack and Jemma RixDue to extraordinary demand, new tickets will be released today for the Melbourne season of the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster Wicked.

Wicked Australian Co-Producer John Frost said, “Bookings are very strong for the return of Wicked to Melbourne – it really is the most successful Broadway musical of the past decade. Audiences can’t wait to see this glorious show back in its original Australian home, Melbourne’s beautiful Regent Theatre.

Frost also announced that Wicked would make its way to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in September, following the Melbourne season.

This 10th Anniversary tour of “one of the most successful shows in Broadway history” (The New York Times) stars Lucy Durack as Glinda and Jemma Rix as Elphaba – both reprising the roles which shot them to stardom during the original Australian tour.

Joining the Wicked Company in his first musical theatre leading role is Steve Danielsen as Fiyero, while doyenne of stage and screen, Maggie Kirkpatrick returns as Madame Morrible. The role of Nessarose is played by newcomer Emily Cascarino, while Edward Grey plays Boq.

The Australian cast are currently performing in Manila, where they have received a rapturous response from sell out audiences. Wicked broke all box office records for the number of tickets sold in a week when it first went on sale in Manila in August.

“No amount of superlatives can capture what this decade-long, multi-award winner of a musical that originated in Broadway has to offer for its audiences,” says The Philippine Star.

“The sets, stage effects, props and lighting design are spectacular, stunning — indeed, awesome, enhancing and providing the overwhelming ambience for the pompous splendour of the costumes.”

Wicked returns to the Regent Theatre, Melbourne on 7 May for a strictly limited season prior to touring to Sydney and Brisbane.

For more information, visit: www.wickedthemusical.com.au for details.

Image: Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix – photo by Jeff Busby