BWW Reviews: WITCHES WITH YOUR SSO ENCHANTS IN SYMPHONIC SPELLCRAFT at Sydney Opera House
The witching hour was brought forward by a margin over the weekend when four of Australia's most wicked and wonderful took the stage backed by the magical Sydney Symphony Orchestra for a most spellbinding concert full of passion, humour and sonic sorcery. OK that's all the magic puns I swear!
Having interviewed the four leading ladies some weeks ago, I entered the Sydney Opera House with much anticipation for the program curated by legendary Kellie Dickerson, a compilation of magic-themed numbers from musicals of screen and stage. What I was not prepared for was a truly entertaining, and cheeky performance very well directed by Working Arts Productions' Peter Adams.
Amanda Harrison and Jemma Rix are known respectively as the first and longest serving Aussie Elphabas in Wicked, as Helen Dallimore and Lucy Durack are known for creating the role of Glinda in London and Australia respectively. Having now all of them moved on from that musical, this concert was a marvellous return to form for them all, and each establishing diverse talents. Joining them vocally on stage, especially for the performance is Australia's Ben Lewis home from London and famous for playing the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Weber's Love Never Dies on home soil, and what a resplendent homecoming he enjoyed!