Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical. Please credit photo to Juho Sim.
Suzie Mathers and Jemma Rix in a scene from Wicked The Musical. Please credit photo to Juho Sim. Photo by Juho Sim

A Wicked weekend in Brisbane

ADMITTEDLY, I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to traversing the streetscapes of Queensland's capital.

Major sporting events and rock concerts are usually the only lures behind past adventures to Brisbane.

However, with rumours swirling of a magical sorceress from the West taking over the city, and keen to learn more about a part of Queensland I knew little about, I cast aside my feeble concerns and jumped in the car for a wicked weekend in Brisbane.

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The culmination of my journey would ultimately place me seated and spellbound at the Lyric Theatre for the most awarded new musical and Broadway's number one show, Wicked.

With my girlfriend as a trusty guide, I slipped into the city relatively easily with the first stop on my eye-opening trip being the Mercure Brisbane North Quay hotel.

On the banks of the Brisbane River, the Mercure recently received a $13 million renovation extending across the hotel's lobby, rooms and restaurant.

The stars came out at night to light up the QPAC stage with Wicked.
The stars came out at night to light up the QPAC stage with Wicked. Photos Jeff Busby

With views of Brisbane below and stylish renovations greeting us, the Mercure was a comfortable, sleek and enjoyable spot to set up base for the weekend.

Keen to step out and soak up what the city had to offer while learning something new, we took a short walk to the Museum of Brisbane before the night's line-up of entertainment.

Nestled in the shadows of Brisbane's soaring high-rises, the Museum of Brisbane has a vast array of interactive exhibitions, tours and information available at your fingertips.

Once the tallest building in Brisbane, until the 1960s, the museum also had a fantastic tour to the top of City Hall's 92m clock tower, a tour we couldn't resist.

Jumping in an original and manually operated elevator, the tour was a great way to see some sights while learning some fascinating facts about City Hall and Brisbane itself.

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Before leaving, and as if a taste of things to come, we also checked out the museum's Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood exhibition.

The exhibition was a fascinating insight into some of the most famous stars in showbiz from the 1920s to 1960s including heavyweights such as Julie Andrews, Fred Astaire and Marlon Brando. Despite the hotel being within walking distance of almost everything, and seeking new experiences, there was only one way my girlfriend and I could travel to South Bank for festivities that night.

Our wheels came in the form of a Green Cab, which is basically a fancy rickshaw, and also a fun way to cruise the city's streets with the wind in your hair.

The refreshing cycle landed us at the Charming Squire where we indulged in amazing food and drink before the show.

Having only visited QPAC once before, to see Abba with my family as a teenager, the theatre was still a relatively new concept for both of us.

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With glowing green OZmopolitan cocktails in hand we weren't disappointed, with the cast of Wicked leaving us and the audience hooked from start to finish.

Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good from the classic tale of Wizard of Oz.

Wicked is truly a magical feast for one's senses with amazing props, costumes and flawless performances all wrapped around a enthralling storyline. It's no wonder the show is filling theatres worldwide.

Hovering high above the stage and audience, a menacing dragon controlled by puppeteers only added to what was a truly remarkable set for the performers to utilise and crowds to be awed by.

While Wicked was the obvious highlight of the weekend, Brisbane is a boiling cauldron of entertainment that deserves future visits and exploration.

* The writer was a guest of Brisbane Marketing.

Wicked the musical

Awe-inspiring and spectacular, Wicked is the enthralling story of two unlikely friends and how they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good.

QPAC SHOW TIMES:

  •  Tuesday 6.30pm
  •  Wednesday 1pm and 8pm
  •  Thursday 8pm
  •  Friday 8pm
  •  Saturday 2pm and 8pm
  •  Sunday 3pm


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