Amanda Harrison is an Australian musical theatre actress who has performed across Australia and in London’s West End. She originated the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked opposite to Lucy Durack (as Glinda). Se has recently announced that she was leaving the role and facing new challenges in her career.
Harrison’s first professional stage role was in Aspects of Love in 1992. Other Australian productions include Les Misérables, The Journey Girl, The Boy from Oz, Mame, She Loves Me,Leader of the Pack, Guys and Dolls, and Oklahoma. For her performance as Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Harrison received a Green Room Award nomination for the 2005 Best Supporting Actress. Also, for her performance as Ellie Greenwich in Leader of the Pack (2005), she received a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.
Harrison made her West End debut in Mamma Mia! in 2001, where she played the role of Ali.
Harrison was then cast in the original London production of We Will Rock You where she understudied the roles of Scaramouche and Oz. Harrison was then offered the role of Oz in the Original Australian Production of the musical. For her portrayal of Oz, Harrison received a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.
In 2007, Harrison played the role of Ellen in the Australian production of Miss Saigon. Harrison played the role for the Brisbane and Sydney seasons.
Harrison originated the role of Elphaba in the Australian production of Wicked which opened at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre on 12 July 2008. For playing the role, Harrison was nominated for Green Room, Helpmann and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
Secret Wish: Not so secret…we will miss to see her face in green defying gravity.