Today, John Frost, the co-producer of “Wicked,” announced that Geraldine Turner, Australian screen and stage star, will be making a star guest appearance in “Wicked” in the role of Madame Morrible. The hit musical is currently playing at Lyric Theatre QPAC in Brisbane.
The matchless Maggie Kirkpatrick has performed the role of Madame Morrible since 2008 when the show first started playing in Melbourne. She is taking a personal leave of absence.
Frost said in “Wicked” the Madame Morrible role is pivotal for the plot. Maggie has most definitely stamped her amazing stage presence onto the role.
Very few actors in Australia could pull this off. Therefore we are absolutely delighted to have someone of the stature of Geraldine be willing and able to play this role for a brief period of time.
This week, Geraldine Turner will begin playing the role.
Turner was born in Brisbane and has established herself firmly as a consummate performer and fan favorite in nearly every entertainment industry aspect. This attribute helped Turner win an Order of Australia medal as part of the Bicentennial Honours 1988 list. Geraldine has very few peers in recording, cabaret, television, movies and musicals.
Turner says she’s thrilled taking the role on. Wicked has become this decade’s standout musical event. It’s very exciting to have the chance to star in this play in Brisbane, my home town.
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