The music theatre phenomenon celebrates 1000 performances in Oz.

Having celebrated its 1000th performance in Australia last weekend, the smash hit musical Wicked prepares to open in Perth following successful runs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Adelaide.

The award-winning show has been seen by 1.4 million people in Australia since it opened at Melbourne’s Regent Theatre in June 2008, grossing over $125 million in national sales and breaking the Melbourne box office record with $1.5 million in ticket sales just one day after it opened.

“It is almost three years to the day since it began rehearsals, and from the very first performance we knew Wickedwas something special,” said the show’s Australian co-producer John Frost.

Eleven of the original Australian cast members remain for the upcoming Perth season, including Lucy Durack (as Glinda), Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Maggie Kirkpatrick (Madam Morrible). “I feel very proud to be an original cast member”, said Durack. “I also feel an enormous sense of gratitude to be a part of Wickedand humbled to belong to something that Australia has taken to its heart and supported with such fervour.

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