‘Wicked’ musical is a hit and the right kind of musical to tackle inequality
Posted October 19, 2018 15:34:17 A wicked musical is the perfect kind of music to tackle an inequality problem, and the music will go a long way towards helping those struggling to find a job and a secure place to live.
A group of Australian musicians has developed the Wicked musical and released it to coincide with the Australian Labor Party’s election campaign.
Key points:Wicked is a multi-media musical which is set to premiere on the ABC in OctoberThe Wicked musical is based on the life of the late Australian politician, Pauline HansonThe musical has been directed by former Australian Rules Football star Tom GreshamWicked has been produced by the ABC’s Sydney production studio and will feature Australian composer and singer James Williams, whose son, Anthony, is a student at Sydney’s Flinders University.
Wicked, which is produced by Melbourne’s Seven West Studios, features an eclectic group of musicians, including singer James William Williams, son of former Australian political figure Pauline Hans Hanson, and actor Matthew Leake, whose father Pauline was an MP for the Labor Party from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Key Points:Wick is a multifaceted musical that has been inspired by the life and times of Australian political leader Pauline HansenHanson was a prolific Australian politician who served in the Parliament of Australia and the Senate for many years before she was elected as the country’s first female prime minister in 1998.
She was also known for her anti-immigration stance and for her outspoken support of the One Nation party.
Wick’s lyrics have a powerful political message about inequality and the need for a change in societyThe musical is inspired by a fictionalised account of Hanson’s political career.
Hanson’s life story has been the subject of a number of films and TV series, most notably the hit series The Boondocks, which followed the life story of the Australian-born politician, who spent her formative years in Australia and was a member of the National Party before she became the countrys first female Prime Minister.
In the series, Hanson was a passionate campaigner for the abolition of the Racial Discrimination Act and was instrumental in defeating the Racial and Religious Discrimination Act (Rural Discrimination Act) in the 1970-71 parliament.
Hansons political career also spanned a number a political eras, including the 1980s and 1990s when she was a prominent voice in the Australian Parliament and a major figure in the national party’s push for a multicultural Australia.
Hansson’s political life and career also included the work of musicians including Tom Grosjean, who has performed as part of Hansons band, and Andrew MacGowan, who played a part in Hansons successful political campaign against the Racialised Discrimination Act in 1995.
The musical, written and directed by Seven West Productions, is based in part on the Life of Pauline Bachmann book, The Wild Hunt.
It was commissioned by Bachmann’s family, and will be performed by the Bachmann family in Sydney on October 17.
“In a world where we can’t just look at one person and say that they are a hero,” Bachmann said.
“We are all heroes, and that includes Pauline.”
Hanson has said her campaign against racism is “an extension of the fight against sexism, homophobia, ableism and all forms of bigotry”.
“When I was campaigning for the first time, I was really trying to be a little more honest and be more frank and be able to say something that might be controversial,” she said.
“It was about standing up to racism and all of the things that people don’t like about being labelled as a racist.”
It’s a big challenge, but we have a big opportunity to be part of that change.
“Hansson will be joined on the musical by her son, Matthew, who is studying at Flinders, as well as a number other members of her family, including her grandmother, her uncle, and her uncle’s wife, who were also members of the Parliament.
Wicked premiered on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s 7:30 News on Saturday night and has already sold out across the country.”
I’ve never heard of it before, but I can’t wait to hear more,” Bachman said.