The most successful musical in the world today, Wicked, is officially set to fly west to Adelaide to open in the Festival Theatre in April 2011.
The announcement of the Adelaide season follows news that the show will open in Brisbane in January.
“Right from the start this show has been an overwhelming hit so we are absolutely thrilled to be able to bring this show, in all its emerald glory, to my home town of Adelaide – there is no place like home,” said Wicked Producer, John Frost.
“More than 20,000 South Australians have already seen the show during its record breaking Melbourne and Sydney seasons and there has been an active fan-based Facebook campaign to bring the show to Adelaide.
“Wicked is a phenomenon, the most successful musical in the world today, and appeals to everyone from 8 to 80. People love it for so many different reasons – some people come to see Wicked for the engrossing story inspired by the best-selling novel of the same name by author Gregory Maguire, some for the astonishing sets and costumes, some for the soaring ballads, some for the deeper messages, and some to see the life-affirming friendship between the two girls who grow up to be Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.”
John Hill, Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Wicked and know this international blockbuster will receive a very warm and enthusiastic welcome in Adelaide.”
Douglas Gautier, CEO and Artistic director, Adelaide Festival Centre said: “We are proud to be hosting this much anticipated event in the Festival Theatre as part of our annual program in 2011.”
Wicked relates 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.