Australia’s Elphaba and Glinda ‘Depraved’

On behalf of his co-producers Marc Platt, Common Photos, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone, John Frost for Crossroads Dwell has introduced the 2 younger actresses who’ve secured the coveted roles of Elphaba and Glinda in Depraved, which flies into Australia’s Emerald Metropolis on the Sydney Lyric from 25 August.

Sheridan Adams will play Elphaba, the woman born with emerald-green pores and skin who grows as much as change into the “Depraved Witch of the West”, whereas Courtney Monsma will play Glinda, the bubbly, widespread woman who turns into “Glinda the Good”.

A graduate of the Victorian School of the Arts, Adams has carried out within the ensemble of Tick, Tick… Increase! (Storeyboard Leisure) and Merciless Intentions: The ’90s Musical (David Venn Enterprises). Elphaba is Adams’ first main function.

Since graduating from the Queensland Conservatorium, Monsma has rapidly change into an artist in demand, performing in Six The MusicalMamma Mia! and the Australasian tour of Aladdin. She is finest identified for starring as Princess Anna within the latest Australian tour of Disney’s Frozen, and is at the moment filming the brand new Australian drama sequence Paper Dolls, during which she performs one in every of 5 aspiring singers who’re thrust into the highlight in pursuit of pop-stardom and fame.

The producers are thrilled to have been in a position to solid such sturdy main performers. “When Sheridan auditioned for an ensemble function and we heard her sing ‘Defying Gravity,’ we had been mesmerised. When she sang ‘Defying Gravity’ 4 occasions in a row, getting stronger every time, we instantly knew we had discovered our Elphaba,” mentioned John Frost. “Courtney has confirmed to be an thrilling performer in Frozen, Six and Aladdin, however we didn’t understand how humorous she could possibly be till she blew us away throughout the auditions. We’re so excited to have Australia’s two most electrifying new main girls play Elphaba and Glinda.”

He continued, “We’re delighted additionally that Sydney has embraced Depraved, and tickets are flying out the door. The present is liked by Australians and over the previous 19 years, it has definitely change into one of the liked musicals of all time. We will’t await it to open in Sydney in August, and for audiences to fall in love with Sheridan Adams and Courtney Monsma. Don’t miss out!”

Adams is elated to be enjoying the function of Elphaba. “Depraved is a really particular present for thus many individuals, together with me. Elphaba has been my dream function since I used to be younger. My first expertise was on You Tube, watching Idina Menzel sing ‘Defying Gravity,’ and I sang it on a regular basis. Then my Mum purchased me The Grimmerie, and I lastly received to see the present once I was 16. This can be a dream come true.”

Monsma agreed. “Depraved was one of many first skilled exhibits I ever noticed. I keep in mind getting a ticket by way of my highschool, and I used to be completely mesmerised. As a child, I used to be obsessed by The Wizard of Oz, so having that connection, it blew my thoughts. I’m so excited to be in Depraved; this can be a dream come true. I’ve at all times liked the function of Glinda. The glint and the robes drew me to her, however I believe Glinda has a ravishing coronary heart, and I like the journey she will get to go on all through the present.”

Virtually 20 years since its premiere on Broadway, Depraved stays one of the profitable and widespread musicals on the earth. The present is the winner of over 100 main awards together with the Grammy Award, the Olivier Award, six Helpmann Awards, three Tony Awards® and 6 Drama Desk Awards.

The musical has performed in 16 international locations around the globe, together with Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, The Philippines, New Zealand, Mexico, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, and has been translated into six languages. By the point of its first efficiency in Sydney, Depraved may have change into the fourth longest operating present in Broadway historical past (surpassing CATS).

The novel Depraved by Gregory Maguire, printed in 1995, has bought 5.5 million copies, with 5 million of these bought since 2003, when the musical opened. Buoyed by the musical’s success, the novel has appeared on bestseller lists for near 20 years since its preliminary publication. 

Lengthy earlier than Dorothy dropped in, two different younger ladies meet within the land of Oz. One born with emerald-green pores and skin is wise, fiery, misunderstood and possessing a rare expertise. The opposite is bubbly, blonde, formidable and exceptionally widespread. They change into rivals, then mates…till the world decides to name one “good” and the opposite one “depraved.”

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