Wicked set and costumes getting ready to fly into New Plymouth

The drag queens have only just left town, but Taranaki is already gearing up for a visit from two of the world’s most famous witches.

Wicked will be staged at New Plymouth’s TSB Showplace next June and the set, props and costumes are due to arrive in just 12 weeks.

The award-winning Broadway show will be staged by New Plymouth Operatic Society and it tells the back-story of The Wizard of Oz.

It centres around the unlikely friendship between two witches – one popular and one wicked – Glinda The Good witch and the Wicked Witch of the West.

New Plymouth Operatic’s Mark Leuthard says Wicked is a different sort of show to Priscilla, which recently played in New Plymouth to more than 12,000 people.

The show’s broad appeal to the general public is thanks to a mix of nostalgia, a girl-power message and a visual spectacle only a mega-musical can deliver.

“When we do our show planning we look to provide a range of shows over a range of years, for a range of people – both in terms of casting and audience appeal,” Leuthard says.

Wicked has been running continuously on Broadway since the show opened in 2003, notching up 6552 performances so far. It is also the second highest grossing musical in Broadway history, behind The Lion King.

Auditions for Wicked will be held prior to Christmas. To stay up to date with Wicked, you can follow New Plymouth Operatic Society on Facebook.