Wicked opens at The Regent Theatre

The musical phenomenon Wicked has arrived in Melbourne, officially opening at the Regent Theatre last night.

Having recently celebrated 20 years since its premiere on Broadway, Wicked remains one of the most successful and popular musicals in the world. 

Over 65 million people worldwide have seen the production, and it has become the 4th longest running show in Broadway history.

Wicked has captivated Sydney for the past six months with at capacity audiences, five star critic reviews and jubilant praise on social media.

The stellar Australian cast is led by Courtney Monsma as Glinda, the bubbly popular girl who becomes “Glinda the Good”, and in her debut in a lead role, Melbourne-born Sheridan Adams as Elphaba, the girl born with emerald-green skin who grows up to become the “Wicked Witch of the West”. 

Robyn Nevin plays the role of Madame Morrible, Simon Burke is the Wizard, Liam Head plays Fiyero, Adam Murphy is Dr Dillamond, Shewit Belay plays Nessarose, Kurtis Papadinis is Boq and Zoe Coppinger is the Elphaba Standby.

The talented group of performers comprising the ensemble and swings includes Christian Ambesi, Conor Bann-Murray, Brittany Carter, Olivia Castagna, Eli Cooper, Matt Cranleigh, Joseph Donovan, Sage Douglas, Bayley John Edmends, Todd Jacobsson, Rohan Khanna, Andrew Kroenert, Elisha Zion Lee, Jordan Malone, Emily Monsma, Matilda Moran, Jackson Reedman, Amelia Sanzo, Edward Smith, Ksenia Teliatnikova, Lucas Van Rhijn, Jessica Vellucci, Mietta White and Jun Woodfield.

Producer John Frost for Crossroads Live, on behalf of his co-producers, said they are thrilled to bring Wicked back to its original Australian home at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne. 

“The stellar cast led by Courtney, Sheridan, Robyn, Liam, Shewit, Adam and Kurtis are second to none, and have been joined by audience favourite Simon Burke as the Wizard during the Melbourne season.”

“Wicked is a proven blockbuster all around the world, and in Melbourne, tickets sales have been defying gravity.”

Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman.

The production features musical staging by Wayne Cilento with original direction by Joe Mantello.

Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other young women meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. 

The other is bubbly, blonde, ambitious and exceptionally popular. They become rivals, then friends… until the world decides to call one “good” and the other one “wicked.”

Wicked is calling the Regent Theatre home until June 30. Tickets can be purchased HERE.



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