Wicked lands in Sydney for Summer

Elphaba (Jemma Rix) in helicopter_photo by Kurt SneddonThe Wicked Witch of the West from the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster Wicked has flown into Sydney ahead of the first performance at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday 20 September and an exciting summer season.

Landing by helicopter at Macquarie lighthouse at South Head, Elphaba ‘The Wicked Witch’ was greeted by the Winky Prince Fiyero, munchkin Boq and citizens of the Emerald City in Oz.

“We are thrilled to bring Wicked back to its home at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney as part of the 10th Anniversary tour of this Broadway blockbuster,” says Australia Co-Producer John Frost. “Sydney locals and visitors flocked to Wicked during the last season, and the extraordinary advance sales prove they can’t wait to see it again.

“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”.

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. Starring in the role of the Wizard is Australian musical theatre icon Reg Livermore.

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 and Glen Hogstrom is Dr Dillamond.

Wicked plays the Capitol Theatre from 20 September. For more information, visit: www.wickedthemusical.com.au for details.

Image: Elphaba (Jemma Rix) arrives by helicopter into Sydney – photo by Kurt Sneddon