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

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WICKED extends season in Singapore


The producers of WICKED has decided to extend by four weeks the Singapore season. The outstanding demand for tickets

has now pushed the closing date to February 26, 2012.

Opening at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theater on December 6, 2011, tickets sales for the smash-hit musical has been overwhelming, according to BASE Entertainment Asia.

“The demand for tickets to WICKED in Singapore has been phenomenal,” said Milan Rokic, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BASE Entertainment Asia.

 

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

Wicked has opened in Adelaide


Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Lucy Durack (Glinda) - Source: Wicked - Photo by Jeff Busby

The Australian production of Wicked has opened on Friday their National Tour in Adelaide.

Wicked is playing at the Festival Theatre at least until May 26.

According to AdelaideNow, at yesterday’s media preview, producer John Frost found himself being quizzed by Bert Newton about just how much money he was making from the show.

“This show has broken the house records for Adelaide,” said Frost.

“Right now we are holding $6 million in cash, in advance bookings. So if anyone tells you Adelaide audiences won’t put their hands in their pockets, they are wrong.”

The production stars actress Lucy Durack as the Good Witch of the North, Glinda, Jemma Rix who plays the Wicked Witch of the West, Elphaba and David Harris as Fiyero.

via AdelaideNow

Wicked for the Flood fundraising in Adelaide


Jemma Rix, David Harris and Lucy Durack, Elphaba, Fiyero and Glinda respectively in the Australian production of Wicked were thrilled to be dressed for the Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation luncheon in designs from Harry Watt and George Gross couture and delighted to receive a gift of a strand of pearls and matching earrings from major sponsor Raw Pearl’s Dyann Smith, all of this at the Intercontinental Hotel last week.

The three, who were due to appear in the production in Brisbane when the flooding started, told “Adelaide Now” their hearts went out to every Queenslander affected by the devastating crisis.

“It was pretty frightening,” Lucy said. “Two hours from the preview we were evacuated.”

When it was on with the show two weeks later the cast felt humbled to appear before such adoring fans, Jemma and Lucy admitting to be teary when singing a duet about friendship.

“The audiences who had been through so much were giving us so much back,” Lucy said.

“They were incredible audiences who were really vocal and so appreciative.

via AdelaideNow

Wicked at the ASMF charity luncheon in Australia


Leading “Witches” Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack, from the Aussie production of Wicked, will be performing at the Advertiser Sunday Mail Foundation Wicked the Broadway Musical luncheon on April 12.

The fundraiser in the Intercontinental Adelaide Ballroom will also feature the production’s Australian general manager Bernadette Hayes as guest speaker.

“It is a privilege that the producer of Wicked John Frost has granted the foundation this exclusive performance. It is unique to the ASMF,” ASMF patron Angela Condous says.

The event will be hosted by Channel 7 newsreader Graeme Goodings.

To book phone 8206 2550 between 2pm-4pm Monday to Thursday or by email asmf@adv.newsltd.com.au The foundation will support the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Neurological Research Foundation.

from AdelaideNow

After Flood Wicked finally opens in Brisbane


The musical Wicked has finally kicked off in Brisbane after flood delays postponed the show for almost two weeks.

Thousands of tickets to sold-out shows had to be reissued after the Brisbane River burst its banks at South Bank and inundated the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Preview shows along with an all-star opening night function were cancelled as the flood crisis worsened.

However, a full-house theatre fans were admitted to the Lyric Theatre today after it was announced the show would go on at last.

Bert Newton, Jemma Rix and Lucy Durack, are staring in the production as the Wizard of Oz, Elphaba and Glinda respectively.