The musical Wicked has lost another original cast member, with Rob Mills confirming his departure.
Mills will play Fiyero for the last time in June.
After an extensive nation-wide search, Mills was cast in the role of the playboy Prince, seemingly shallow and self absorbed, the love interest for both Glinda the Good and Elphaba, the green-skinned “Wicked” Witch.
It was a role he had sought ever since hearing the music a couple of years before. Wicked opened in July 2008 at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne and played for a record breaking 13 month season, before it moved to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre in September 2009.
Mills admitted he is going to miss his Wicked family.
“Playing Fiyero in Wicked has been my dream role and musical theatre has become my home,” Mills said.
“I’ve learnt so much from my wonderful cast and crew family and will miss them all dearly. I sincerely thank John Frost and the GFO team for giving me the chance to be a part of this amazing production. I’m looking forward to the next challenge and look forward to treading the boards again very soon.”
John Frost thanked Mills for his contribution to making Wicked the huge success it is.
“Rob was determined to play Fiyero and fought hard throughout the audition process to obtain the role,” Frost said.
“It has been wonderful watching him grow as a performer and make the role his own. Rob rapidly grew from that carefree finalist onAustralian Idol into a leading man on the musical theatre stage. I thank Rob sincerely for being a part of Wicked for the past two years, and look forward to seeing what this surprising young man does next.”
Producers are yet to announce a replacement for Mills.