Wicked says goodbye to Australia

WickedThe show has been a remarkable success story, both critically and financially. Originally opening in Melbourne on July 12 2008, the show has run for well over three years and been seen by more than 1.5 million Australians in a tour included all of the mainland capitals. The Perth season has been particularly successful, setting a new record for ticket sales in the city.

John Frost (co-producer) on the success of the show:

Wicked is a phenomenon, quite unlike any other musical, one of the most successful shows of all time. It is well over three years since we opened Wicked at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, and we weren’t sure if we’d run a week, a month or a year. But right from the beginning this show has been an overwhelming hit. Australians have taken Wicked to their hearts. Audiences have been captivated by the soaring ballads, the spectacular sets, costumes and lighting, and been draw into the emotional richness of this beautiful story. Thank you Perth and thank you Australia for making Wicked the success it has been.”

The show has been celebrating its final week with a number of special fan events including a best dressed competition at each performance. Audience members also have the opportunity to “Wickify” themselves, dressing up in Wicked style costumes and having their photo taken in front of the shows banners.

The Asian tour of Wicked will open in Singapore in December, AussieTheatre.com believes that it will then continuing on to both Korea and Hong Kong. As previously reported Suzie Mathers will be taking over the role of Glinda from Lucy Durack. Lucy will be next appearing in the delayed production of Strange Bedfellows.

Producer John Frost has confirmed with AussieTheatre.com that while nothing is set in stone, he does have plans to bring Wicked back to Australia after it completes an Asian and New Zealand tour. Australian audiences may have farewelled Glinda and Elphaba for now, but not For Good.

Further Reading:

Susie Mathers the new Glinda.
Wicked says Thanks and Goodbye to OZ
Wicked’s newest milestone

Erin James

Erin James is AussieTheatre.com's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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