WICKED Australia Co-Producer John Frost today announced that the award-winning musical theatre blockbuster will fly to Perth in May 2015 as part of its 10th Anniversary tour. The Perth season at the Crown Theatre, Burswood will follow the Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane legs of the tour.
Broadway’s #1 show for an unprecedented ten consecutive years, WICKED has been declared “A Cultural Phenomenon” by Variety and “The Best Musical of the Decade” by Entertainment Weekly. This tour of “one of the most successful shows in Broadway history” (The New York Times) celebrates 10 years at the top of the Broadway box office.
“The defining musical of the decade.”
The New York Times
“We are thrilled to bring WICKED back to Perth” said John Frost. “Perth audiences flocked to WICKED during the last season, and we’ve had hundreds of requests on social media to bring it back. WICKED is a musical phenomenon; it has been seen by over 40 million people worldwide and regularly grosses in excess of US$1.8 million each week on Broadway. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience”.
“Wicked is a visual masterpiece.”
Andrew Hill, Chief Operating Officer, Crown Perth said, “WICKED was one of the most popular shows ever to run at Crown Theatre and so to welcome the production back is a real privilege and an opportunity for the people of Perth to either see the show again, or if they missed it first time round, to see the show in their home State. The biggest selling show on Broadway, WICKED is filled with intrigue, sabotage and fun – it’s a must see for any musical fan.”
“Marvellous, enthralling, the musical of choice”
When WICKED opened on Broadway, it worked its magic on critics and audiences alike. Winner of over 90 major awards including the Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and seven Helpmann® Awards including Best Musical, WICKED is 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.
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 and is directed by Lisa Leguillou, based on the original direction by Joe Mantello. WICKED is produced by Marc Platt, David Stone, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and John Frost.