WICKED, The Musical, the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history surpassing CATS, will be performed in Sydney for the first time from 25 August 2023 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. The musical has won over 100 major awards, including the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, six Helpmann Awards, three Tony Awards and six Drama Desk Awards.
Wicked tells the story of what happened before the iconic Wizard of Oz. The Long before Dorothy dropped in, two other young women meet in the land of Oz. One born with emerald-green skin is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. The other is bubbly, blonde, ambitious and exceptionally popular. They become rivals, then friends…until the world decides to call one “good” and the other one “wicked.”
Sheridan Adams will play Elphaba, who grows up to become the “Wicked Witch of the West”, while Courtney Monsma will play Glinda, the bubbly, popular girl who becomes “Glinda the Good”.
Sheridan Adams graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. She performed the role of Charlotte in Flora the Red Menace and was in the Ensemble in On the Town while studying. After graduating, Sheridan appeared in the Australian premiere of Cruel Intentions (David Venn Enterprises). She is currently touring in the Australian premiere of Tick, Tick… Boom! (Storeyboard Entertainment). Sheridan has featured as a vocalist on Lindenfelzer and Newman’s Scarlet: The Concept Recording.
Courtney Monsma is most well-known for starring as Princess Anna in the recent Australian tour of Disney’s Frozen the Musical. She is currently filming the new Australian drama series Paper Dolls for Helium Pictures which is coming soon to Network 10 and 10 Play. Other theatre highlights include the role of Katherine Howard in SIX The Musical presented by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick at the Sydney Opera House in 2020, the Australasian tour of Disney’s Aladdin covering the role of Princess Jasmine, the Australian 2017/2018 tour of Mamma Mia! presented by Michael Coppel, Louise Withers and Linda Bewick covering the role of Sophie, and Opera Queensland’s Kiss Me Kate.
Hailing from Queensland’s Gold Coast, Courtney has performed in concerts and live events across the local area from a young age and graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University with a Bachelor of Musical Theatre in 2017. At the Conservatorium, under the direction of Associate Professor Paul Sabey, Courtney appeared as Charity in Sweet Charity, Carmen in The Life and Maria in West Side Story. She also toured with the production of I Love You, You’re Perfect Now Change.
On screen Courtney has appeared in numerous short films including playing the title role in award-winning short Dorothy, as well as appearances on Toasted TV for Network 10 and The Strip for Nine Network. Courtney released her debut album In The Light in 2022 which features some of her favourite and career moment songs as well as her original track The Light That You Are.
WICKED is produced in Australia by John Frost for Crossroads Live Australia, Marc Platt, Universal Pictures, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.
The Sydney season for WICKED, The Musical starts from 25 August 2023 at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star. Performances are at 7.30pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Matinees at 1pm on Wednesdays; 2pm on Saturdays; and Sundays at 1pm and 6.30pm. Tickets start from A$79 excluding transaction fees. Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100.
WICKED is sponsored by the NSW Government through Destination NSW.