Photo Flash: First Look at Anthony Warlow, Jemma Rix, and Lucy Durack Together in OZ
Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix are joining the cast of the world's favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz, to play Glinda the Good Witch and The Wicked Witch of the West respectively, alongside Anthony Warlow who will be playing The Wizard and Professor Marvel.
The London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 4 November 2017 before travelling to the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from 30 December. Tickets go on sale next week.
Lucy Durack is one of Australia's most exciting leading ladies of stage and screen with a list of major roles to hercredit. On the musical stage, she played Glinda in the original Australian cast of Wicked and Elle Woods in LegallyBlonde The Musical for which she won both Sydney Theatre and Helpmann Awards as Best Actress in a Musical. Lucy's numerous TV credits include Doctor Doctor, Upper Middle Bogan, The Letdown, Here Come The Habibs and The Moodys
Jemma Rix was part of the original Australian cast of Wicked, and performed the leading role of Elphaba across Australia during both Australian tours, as well as in Singapore, Seoul, Auckland and Manila. She went on to star as Molly Jensen in Ghost The Musical during the Australian tour, and most recently made her Sydney Opera House debut with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert Witches. Jemma is currently recording her first solo album due to launch in August.
Blessed with a thrilling voice, Anthony's versatility has enthralled Australian audiences ever since his 1981 debut with the Australian Opera at the age of 19 in Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream. His lengthy stage credits include creating the role of Dr Yurii Zhivago in the Australian premiere production of Doctor Zhivago: The Musical (2011), the Australian tours of Annie (2000 and 2012), performing the title role of The Phantom of the Opera (1990 and 2007-2008), creating the role of Enjolras in the Australian production of Les Miserables (1988), most recently as Tevye in Fiddler On The Roof, and his musical theatre debut in 1985, playing the role of Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at the National Theatre in London. Anthony made his Broadway debut as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks in Annie in 2013, and has since divided his time between Australia and the US.
Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, the London Palladium production of The Wizard of Oz contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The new production of The Wizard of Oz had its world premiere at The London Palladium Theatre in March 2011. After a successful West End run, the production had its North American premiere in Toronto in December 2012, and then embarked on a US tour from September 2013. The production boasts a stellar creative team: Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll & Daniel Brodie (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Guy Simpson (musical supervision).
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.
Tickets will be on sale from Friday 26 May in Sydney and Friday 2 June in Brisbane. Waitlist now to be the first in line to purchase tickets at wizardofozthemusical.com