Smash-hit musical Wicked was given a rock star send-off on Sunday night when the production closed at Burswood Theatre in front of a die-hard, fan-filled audience after 1144 Australian performances.
Producer John Frost flew into town to watch Perth- born star Lucy Durack take her final bow as Glinda, the good witch, in the most successful theatre production ever staged in Perth with more than 160,000 tickets sold.
The 28-year-old City Beach-raised WA Academy of Performing Arts-trained beauty had the crowd in hysterics from the moment she entered the theatre aboard her famous flying bubble.
During the cast's final bows, Bert Newton, who stars as The Wizard of Oz, paid homage to Durack, telling the audience in front of a weeping cast how much she will be missed when the production moves to Asia in December and how his wife Patti had given him permission to marry her despite the age difference.
Newton then called on Durack's replacement, Perth actress Suzie Mathers, who wowed the crowd by coming out in full costume.
Durack would have been hoping to impress Frost because he is also producing the Australian Legally Blonde musical adaptation that is set to open in Sydney next year.
She told AAA she was keen to win the title role Elle Woods, made famous in the film version by Reese Witherspoon.
"I definitely don't have it yet but I am definitely auditioning for it," she said.
The actress, who called the Wicked experience "the role of my lifetime", said it would be the cast and crew who she would miss the most.
"We had Rob Guest pass away during the first few months," she said.
"There have been babies, marriages and engagements - lots of different moments.
"I think that will be the thing that I will miss the most. Not that the show wasn't my absolute dream but the people who I have worked with for so long is the thing I will miss the most."
Durack will leave Perth on Friday after celebrating her sister's 22nd birthday on Thursday.
She was due back on stage in Melbourne next month as part of John Foreman's musical adaptation of the 2004 film Strange Bedfellows, which will also star Gold Logie winner John Wood.That production has since been delayed until early next year, a relief for the star who said she was looking forward to spending time at her Sydney home with boyfriend of four years, Chris Horsey, one of Australia's top choreographers, and their dog, a Maltese cross toy poodle - called Taxi.
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