Wickedly good musical sets stage for showcasing talents

Kelly Hocking (Glinda) soars above the chorus in the opening number of the Musical Theatre Dunedin production of Wicked. Photo: Linda Robertson
Kelly Hocking (Glinda) soars above the chorus in the opening number of the Musical Theatre Dunedin production of Wicked. Photo: Linda Robertson
Musical Theatre Dunedin last night put the final touches to its production of Wicked.

Opening tonight at the Regent Theatre, Wicked is one of the most successful musicals from Broadway.

Director Doug Kamo was confident his all-local cast would do justice to a musical that was the second highest grossing show in Broadway history.

''It's a very tough, very technical show so they have had a very hard few days, but our run last night was just superb, so we're in a good place.''

Wicked, set in the land of Oz before and after the arrival of Dorothy Gale from Kansas, centres on the relationship between two of Oz's witches, Elphaba (Anna Langford) and Glinda (Kelly Hocking).

About 180 people had auditioned for 32 roles.

''There are so many talented people here. It's an exciting time for musical theatre in Dunedin.''

mike.houlahan@odt.co.nz

Comments

An intriguing non binary concept of the witches as student friends, and collusive until TooGood v Wicked of the West.

The 'Glinda' of the film Wizard of Oz is strangely vacuous 'Good'. Margaret Hamilton you'd propose to, surely?