It was announced that the Australian Production of Wicked will welcome a new Nessarose, Elisa Colla, starting performances in March.
With only 21 years, Elisa will make her professional debut in the role of Nessarose, sister of Elphaba after graduating from the Australian Institute of Music (AIM) in 2009.
Elisa said: “I feel so lucky to be cast in this extraordinary show as my first professional musical. It is so magical! I can’t wait to slip into Nessarose’s costume and be a part of this glorious production.”
Penny McNamee, who has played Nessarose for more than 18 months since Wicked first opened in Melbourne in July 2008, is leaving the show to return to work in film and television. After performing Nessarose in almost 650 shows and winning a Green Room Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Musical, Penny says she is going to miss her Wicked family. “I’m taking away such wonderful friendships from this show,” she said.
The Oz production of Wicked is currently being played at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre