Wicked is a musical that has always defied the odds.
Ever since premiering on Broadway 20 years ago, Wicked has cemented itself as one of the most successful and popular musicals in the world.
The musical has won more than 100 major awards since its debut, including the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, six Helpmann Awards, three Tony Awards, and six Drama Desk Awards, and is now making its highly anticipated return to Sydney this month.
Starring in Wicked are Courtney Monsma as Glinda, Sheridan Adams as Elphaba, Robyn Nevin in the role of Madame Morrible, Todd McKenney as the Wizard, Liam Head as Fiyero, Adam Murphy playing Dr Dillamond, Shewit Belay in the role of Nessarose and Kurtis Papadinis as Boq.
Based on the bestselling novel Wicked by Gregory Maguire, the musical tells an alternative backstory to The Wizard of Oz, long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.
In the musical Elphaba (soon to be Wicked Witch of the West) and Glinda (later Glinda the Good Witch) are forced to share a room while studying at Shiz University, and the two young women grow from enemies to unlikely best friends, despite the fact they both fall in love with the dashing Fiyero.