Wicked star Amanda Harrison to take the lead in Anything Goes’ revival in Australia

Picture: David Geraghty Source: The Australian

Amanda Harrison is swapping her broomstick for a pair of tap shoes. She is about to take the lead in a revival of the 1930s Cole Porter classic Anything Goes.

Along with Harrison, the cast includes Todd McKenney, Anne Wood, Christie Whelan, Christy Sullivan, Alex Rathgeber, Wayne Scott Kermond and John O’May.

Harrison says she’s delighted to be reunited with McKenney, playing Sweeney’s romantic interest, stuffy Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Their last big outing was with the tour of the original production of The Boy From Oz in 1998, with Harrison as Liza Minnelli opposite McKenney’s Peter Allen.

Anything Goes is at the State Theatre, Melbourne, July 20-24.

via The Australian

Girl of the Week: Amanda Harrison

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[1]. 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.

Amanda Harrison quits Australian production of Wicked

After days and weeks of speculation, Amanda Harrison, Elphaba-star of Australian production Wicked has decided to quit the show to preserve her voice.

Audience has seen her face in green for the last time past  November 2009.

”Playing Elphaba was all-absorbing and it took a lot out of me physically, emotionally and spiritually,” says Harrison, who resolved last week not to return to the long-running show.

”The decision to leave wasn’t taken lightly but I have to preserve my instrument,” Harrison says. ”When I started doing Wicked I was jealous of the opera schedule [where principals are rostered to sing two or three times a week] but I coped for a long time with the enormity of the role.

”After a year I needed to take a rest because it was challenging and difficult. But it has definitely been the role of my career to date so it does feel daunting and scary to be leaving.”

Wicked’s co-producer, John Frost, says: ”Amanda brought an edge to Elphaba that is rarely seen; bringing passion, intelligence and inner strength to the role as well as soaring vocals … We were blessed to find Amanda and Lucy for these big roles and Amanda has set the bar high for the Elphabas who come after her.”

The role is currently being shared between Jemma Rix, who has been the standby Elphaba since the show began in Australia, and Pippa Grandison.

via SMH

Teal Wicks Favourite “Elphaba”

The results from the “Poll of the Month” just came in.

With an amazing record of 65.000 votes the poll is close And the winner is: TEAL WICKS. With over 57% of the votes Outstanding San Francisco’s Elphaba, gets the award of “Favourite Elphaba”.

Second place was for Jemma Rix – current Elphaba in Australian Production of Wicked Broadway with 40% of the votes. Surprisingly third place went to Amanda Harrison also from the Aussie Wicked with 2 per cent.

Then this is the ranking in placing order:

– Idina Menzel

– Jennifer DiNoia

– Stephanie J. Block

– Julian Murney

– Kerry Ellis

– Dee Roscioli

– Eden Espinosa

– Julie Reiber

– Marcie Dodd

– Nicole Parker

– Shohsana Bean

– Carmen Cusack

– Willemijn Verkaik

– Alexia Khadime

– Lisa Brescia

– Vickie Noon

– Caisie Levy

– Coleen Sexton

– Pippa Grandison

– Victoria Matlock

– Carrie Manolakos

– Ashleigh Gray

Thank you all for participating! You have been all wonderful.

Congratulations to all of the contestants and specially to the amazingly talented and gorgeous Teal Wicks!

Wicked Australia Premieres in Sydney

Tomorrow Saturday September 5th is the Season Premiere of the Smashing-hit musical “Wicked” in Sydney, Australia.

After a succesful year in Melbourne, the Australian production of Wicked is moving to Sydney. With no changes in cast performing Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and Lucy Durack as Glinda, the show premieres tomorrow at 8pm at the Capitol Theatre.

Since its Australian debut in Melbourne last year, hit musical Wicked has cast a slightly green glow across all those who’ve seen it and has attracted thousands of people along the season.

Every Success!

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Winners of the Helpmann Awards

The Helpmann Award winners were announced yesterday in Australia at the Sydney Opera House.

Wicked won for Best Musical! Congratulation to all the Cast and Production Team.

We had some more Wicked winners during the night, and they are:

Best Musical

Best Costume Design
Susan Hilferty

Best Scenic Design
Eugene Lee

Best Choreography in a Musical
Wayne Cilento

Best Direction in a Musical
Lisa Leguillou

Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical
Rob Guest

Unfortunately, our Witches, Lucy and Amanda, didn’t obtained the award. Still, they have surely gained a special place in all of our hearts.

Full List of Winner here