John Frost co-producer of the Australian production of the smashing-hit musical Wicked, has announced that Australian star of stage and screen, Geraldine Turner, will make a starring guest appearance as Madame Morrible at the Lyric Theatre QPAC as from this week..
The inimitable Maggie Kirkpatrick who has been stalking the boards as Madame Morrible since the show began in Melbourne in 2008 is taking personal leave.
“The role of Madame Morrible in Wicked is pivotal to the plot and certainly Maggie has stamped her incredible stage presence on the role,” Frost said.
“There are few actors in the country who could pull it off. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted that someone of Geraldine’s stature is available and willing to throw herself into the role for a short period.”
Born in Brisbane, Turner has firmly established herself as a public favourite and a consummate performer in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry; an attribute which helped earn her the Order of Australia medal in the 1988 Bicentennial Honours list. When it comes to musicals, movies, television, cabaret and recording, Geraldine has few peers.
“Wicked has become the standout musical event of the decade, and to be given the opportunity to star in it, in my home town of Brisbane, is hugely exciting.”