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Posted: 4 March 2011
WICKED Australia Co-Producer John Frost announced today that Australian star of stage and screen, Geraldine Turner, will make a starring guest appearance as Madame Morrible in the hit musical WICKED, currently on stage in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre QPAC.
The inimitable Maggie Kirkpatrick who has been stalking the boards as Madame Morrible since the show began in Melbourne in 2008 is taking personal leave.
"The role of Madame Morrible in WICKED is pivotal to the plot and certainly Maggie has stamped her incredible stage presence on the role. There are few actors in the country who could pull it off. We are, therefore, absolutely delighted that someone of Geraldine's stature is available and willing to throw herself into the role for a short period.
"Her first performance will be this Sunday 6th March and we are very much looking forward to seeing her on stage" said Mr. Frost.
Born in Brisbane, Geraldine has firmly established herself as a public favourite and a consummate performer in almost every aspect of the entertainment industry; an attribute which helped earn her the Order of Australia medal in the 1988 Bicentennial Honours list. When it comes to musicals, movies, television, cabaret and recording, Geraldine has few peers. On the eve of her guest starring role, Ms Turner said, "WICKED has become the standout musical event of the decade, and to be given the opportunity to star in it, in my home town of Brisbane, is hugely exciting".
WICKED, starring Lucy Durack, Jemma Rix, Bert Newton, and David Harris is currently on stage at the Lyric Theatre QPAC until April 2nd. Tickets are selling fast, but there are still tickets available from qpac.com.au or 136 246.
WICKED relates the untold story of the witches of Oz. Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls 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 tells the story of their remarkable odyssey, how these two unlikely friends grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.
Currently in its 7th year on Broadway, WICKED's four North American and four international companies have cumulatively grossed $1.9 billion and have been seen by 24 million people worldwide. WICKED is the winner of 35 major awards including the Grammy Award, three Tony Awards and six Helpmann Awards.