There is something in the weather around Radelaide lately. Maybe it’s mother nature, maybe it’s an impending tornado…or maybe it’s just that Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is coming to town in all its glittering splendour.
Straight from the stages of Broadway, this dazzling musical has been delighting audiences around the world since it debuted in 2003. Under the production and direction of Matt Byrne, the SA Amateur premier promises all the magic, mystery and wonder the audiences could want from this stunning show.
“I’ve loved Wicked ever since I first saw it,” Byrne said.
“It takes the story of the Witches of Oz to new levels of emotion and morality, and we are reminded there are two sides to every story.”
This award winning musical has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz from the 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West written by Gregory Maguire. It follows the lives of Oz’s witches and the unlikely friendship between Elphaba, the emerald-skinned witch of the west, and the good and glittering Galinda.
“The rebellious Elphaba is destined to become the Wicked Witch of the West and the ambitious Galinda becomes Glinda the Good, but they forge a friendship that will change them both forever and for good,” Byrne said.
“Songs like Popular, The Wizard And I, What Is This Feeling, For Good and the musical’s defining number, Defying Gravity, have helped rewrite box office records wherever Wicked has played.”
Radelaide girl Kat Sachse will take on the role of Galinda the Good, bringing with her years of experience gained from her many other stage roles including Penny in Hairspray and Cosette in Les Miserables.
Dianne k. Lang, one of Radelaide’s finest leading ladies, will bear the green body paint as the fiery Elphaba. Ten years ago, Lang wrote a heartfelt letter to the creator of the show Stephen Schwartz requesting that he bring his spellbinding show down under. Now, Lang is living her dream of performing in the musical right in her hometown of Adelaide.
The show also features a whole bunch of talented Adelaide-born actors including Lisa Simonetti as Madam Morrible, Michael Bates as Fiyero, Sophia Bubner as Nessarose, Rick Williams as the Wizard, Zak Vasiliou as Boq, Neville Phillis as Dr Dillamond and Thomas Phillips as Chistery.
With musical direction from Paul Sinkinson, choreography from Sue Pole and musical supervision from Gordon Combes, this production promises to be one to remember.
Wicked will be playing at the Arts Theatre near Victoria Square from July 7 to 16, before moving to the Elizabeth Shedley Theatre at the Playford Civic Centre from July 20 to 30.
All images by Denys Finney for Matt Byrne Media.