Articles on ‘Wicked’

Wicked – Packemin Productions

Ashleigh O'Brien as Elphaba. Grant Leslie Photography

The non-professional rights to towering blockbuster musical Wicked were recently made available for Australian musical societies. Now, after two professional productions have played the Capitol Theatre, a first non-professional production has hit Sydney for the first time, courtesy of Neil Gooding’s Pro-Am company, Packemin Productions, based in Parramatta. And it’s good.  With set and costume… Read more.

A Quick Chat With Amanda Harrison, Australia’s favourite witch

A Quick Chat With Amanda Harrison, Australia’s favourite witch

Amanda Harrison, best known for being the first Australian Elphaba in Wicked, will be celebrating her particularly witchy performing roots in a special event featuring the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on July 15 and 16.   Witches at the Sydney Opera House will feature Harrison, Helen Dallimore (The UK’s first Glinda in Wicked), Lucy Durack (Australia’s first Glinda), Jemma Rix… Read more.

Suzie Mathers to play Glinda in WICKED, London

Back in the bubble: Suzie Mathers will return as Glinda in WICKED from 12 February 2015. Image by Maye Wong

Australian leading lady Suzie Mathers is set to join the West End production of WICKED as Glinda in September this year. Suzie began her WICKED journey with the show as an off stage vocal swing on the Australian production when it premiered in Melbourne in 2008 before taking over the role of Glinda for the 2011… Read more.

Professional witches talk amateur Wicked premiere

Professional witches talk amateur Wicked premiere

With the first amateur Australian production of Wicked opening at the same time as our professional principal alumni are rehearsing for their Sydney Symphony Orchestra performance, Maddi Ostapiw caught up with Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix, Amanda Harrison and Helen Dallimore to talk about the future of the Green Machine on our shores. Congregating on their… Read more.

Learn your Defying Gravity concert stars well! Helen Dallimore

Helen Dallimore

Defying Gravity, a world premiere concert celebrating the work of acclaimed composer Stephen Schwartz, will premiere at Sydney’s Theatre Royal for three performances only on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February 2016. If you’re a fan of international musical theatre, you won’t want to miss this exciting musical event! It has a stellar line up of performers – headlined by… Read more.

Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Elisa Colla sings “Meadowlark”

Elisa Colla

It’s one of those enduring standards, the kind of song an artist can build a complex narrative from just with their phrasing. It’s “Meadowlark,” and this afternoon is a warm, gorgeous rendition by Elisa Colla. Colla is perhaps best known for playing Nessarose in Wicked, and can currently be seen in the acclaimed Australian production of Les… Read more.

Your Sunday Afternoon Zen: Daniel Assetta & Ed Grey take on Ivy & Karen in “Smash”

Edward Grey.

Remember Smash? The short-lived drama about putting on a Broadway show? The first season focused most heavily on Bombshell, a new Marilyn Monroe musical being written, most delightfully, by characters played by Christian Borle and Debra Messing (the songs for Bombshell were Shaiman/Wittman numbers). The promising pilot (the quality of the rest of the show is up… Read more.