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Wicked

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Steve Danielsen joins seasoned Wicked stars Jemma Rix (Elphaba) and Lucy Durack (Glinda) as the award-winning musical returns to Sydney this month.

Danielsen is a relative newcomer to the musical theatre stage, with an extensive acting career spanning film and television series such as Offspring and Neighbours, he spent a solid year in Legally Blonde the Musical before landing the dream role of Fiyero in Wicked.

Asked what it’s like joining a team who have been performing Wicked for years and years, Danielsen says Rix and Durack have been very welcoming and working together has been “amazing”.

“I love it, and I don’t really just have to say that either, this show really means a lot to me,” he says.

Despite debuting over a decade ago, Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz, is still one of the most popular musicals in the world and Danielsen shares that it’s surprisingly easy to keep it fresh every night.

As Long As You’re Mine [a romantic duet in the second act] is still vocally challenging to me, so every night I try a new technique and I try and make that note sound better,” he says. “It’s a challenging show, it’s not like it’s an easy show for me or for anyone for that matter, so we try to better ourselves every night.”

With the whole cast working hard to deliver the best performances they can each and every night, Danielsen says that the “incredible sets and costumes” will make it “really hard not to like this show”. (LL)

Until Dec 31, Capitol Theatre, 13 Campbell St, Haymarket, $69-114, wickedthemusical.com.au

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