Lucy Durack heading to Legally Blonde


After months -and years- of rumors Lucy Durack (@lucydurack) has finally announced she has changed her WICKED bubble for yet another pink and shinny ball gown: Lucy will be Australia’s new Elle Woods in the local production of Legally Blonde.

She will be starring alongside other former WICKED fellows, Rob Mills as Warner and David Harris as Emmett. Also staring, Erika Heynatz as Brooke and Cameron Daddo as Professor Callahan.

Legally Blonde the Musical will take you from the social whirl of California Campus life to Harvard’s Halls of Justice with Australia’s brightest new heroine (and of course, her Chihuahua, Bruiser). The verdict? This much fun shouldn’t be legal!

Legally Blonde premieres at the Sydney Lyric from October 5, 2012.

via Au TimeOut

Wicked Australia closing in September


The Australian production of Wicked will have its final performance at the Burswood Theatre on September 11. More than 1.5 million Australians have seen the production since it opened in Melbourne in July 12, 2008.

This week, Wicked will break the record for the highest ticket sales of any show in Perth, having sold more than 128,000 tickets with five weeks left to run.

New tickets for the final week of performances up to and including Sunday, September 11, will go on sale today through Ticketek

As a special thank you to everyone that has supported the show throughout the Australian Tour, there will be special events happening around the Burswood Theatre before and after the performances. This is to give all the Wicked fans an opportunity to create some extra special memories to take home from the show.

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

$94K for SIDS and Kids WA through WICKED partnership


Good and WICKED will come together on stage on Wednesday, with Glinda the Good from smash-hit Broadway musical WICKED handing over a for cheque for $94,621.87 – the outcome of the combined fundraising efforts of Hawaiian and WICKED Australia.

The much needed funds will go a long way to assist SIDS and Kids Western Australia, whose mission is to save babies’ lives through education and research, and to provide grief support for those affected by the death of a child from conception onwards. The funds raised were the result of the sell-out charity performance WICKED – The Final Dress Rehearsal  on Sunday 19 June. Shauna Gaebler, CEO of SIDS and Kids Western Australia thanked WICKED Australia and Hawaiian for the contribution. “SIDS and Kids WA is thrilled with the phenomenal success in raising valuable funds. The money will go

a long way to supporting our vital education, counseling and loss and grief services throughout the vast  expanse of Western Australia. We appreciate everyone’s time and contributions.” Australia’s leading theatrical producer, John Frost, said, “the cast and producers were thrilled to be able  to assist such a worthy cause and to give back to the State in which WICKED is currently playing”.

Hawaiian Executive Director Damian Gordon said Hawaiian, a WA based property group, was pleased to  make the introduction between SIDS and Kids WA and WICKED Australia.

“While the WICKED partnership has produced an amazing $94,621.87, Hawaiian is going to provide an additional donation so that SIDS and Kids WA receive a grand total of $100,000.”

“Having seen the comfort provided to families following the tragedy of losing a child, it is an honour for  Hawaiian to have the opportunity to partner with WICKED to support SIDS and Kids WA.”

WICKED tells the story of the remarkable odyssey of two unlikely friends who 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 is about how they grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.Currently in its 8th year on Broadway, WICKED’s North American and international companies have cumulatively grossed more than $2.2 billion and have been seen by nearly 28 million people worldwide. WICKED is the winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and six Helpmann Awards®  including Best Musical. WICKED is now playing at the Burswood Theatre and runs for a strictly limited season.

Lucy Durack visits kids in Perth


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Lucy Durack, current Glinda in the Australian production of Wicked, took time out of her busy performance schedule to return to where it all began on Saturday morning. The Perth-born and bred actress, who is wowing local audiences as Glinda the Good Witch in the musical Wicked at Burswood Theatre, flew into His Majesty’s Theatre to meet and talk to 110 aspiring young performers who are part of the MajKidz program.

In its 11th year, MajKidz is an interactive theatre workshop program for Perth children aged between 10 and 12 years old.

Durack told Access All Areas that while she had four performances do in the next 48 hours she wanted to be there to inspire children who reminded her of what she was like when she was younger.

“I am so happy to be here and give back because I remember being a young kid in Perth and dreaming big about a career in theatre,” she said. “I hope by being here today that some of these kids will also dream big and realise they can do what I have done.”

It was a special moment for the 28-year-old who told the eager youngsters that she had made her stage debut on the His Majesty’s Theatre stage when she was just 10 years old.

Durack was cast in the chorus of a WA Opera production of Carmen despite having no previous experience at the time.

It was this experience that led her to continue to pursue her successful career, which saw her graduate from WAAPA and appear in other such high-profile shows as Mamma Mia! and 42nd Street.

Exhausted from Wicked’s massive opening week, Durack was full of praise for Perth audiences who had already seen Wicked.

via The Western Australian

Bert Newton Feeling ‘Great’ After Leaving Hospital


Our dearest Wizard of Oz in the Australian production of Wicked has safely left the hospital yesterday, according to Melbourne Herald.

Australian TV legend Bert Newton is feeling “great” after doctors discharged him from hospital following a bout of pneumonia this month (Jun11). Bert Newton was taken into the intensive care unit at Melbourne’s Epworth Hospital on 16 June (11) after reportedly contracting the infection from his infant granddaughter, but he was released on Sunday (26Jun11).

The hospitalisation meant the 72 year old had to temporarily drop out of his role in stage show Wicked in Perth, but he is now looking forward to rejoining the cast.

He told Melbourne’s Herald Sun, “I feel great, it’s nice to be back under normal circumstances. It came as a bit of a shock, but so long as I do my best, the doctors tell me (to) do exactly what they say, and I’ll be back on stage very very soon.”

Newton admits the health scare is a “wake up call”, but he is adamant he won’t be considering retirement, adding, “It’s the old story. What I do, I don’t see as a job, I see it as something I love doing and it’s a very important part of my life.”

via contactmusic