Anthony Callea is set to return to his 'day job' with the singer deciding not to renew his inital 6 month contract with the hit stage musical 'Wicked' in order to concentrate on his recording career.
He is meeting with producers in the US this month to discuss the new album, with the whole process being filmed.
His portrayal of the character Boq has received high praise from both audiences and critics alike:
"Callea is a fun and engaging Boq, and his scenes with Penny McNamee (Nessarose) are wonderfully entertaining - a duo well and truly connected."
"Anthony Callea's munchkin outsider is brimful of pathos and energy."
- The Australian
"Anthony Callea is strong as munchkin Boq."
- Sunday Herald
"Anthony Callea makes a commendable transition to musical theatre."
- Herald Sun
"Anthony Callea and Rob Mills, who copped a lot of attention for their casting as Boq and Fiyero, were truly grand."
- Troy Dodds - Aussie Theatre
"No-one in the cast can be faulted. Australian Idol alumni Rob Mills and Anthony Callea work a treat."
- Geelong Advertiser
"Anthony Callea is winning as the munchkin Boq."
- The Sunday Telegraph
"Anthony Callea is gentle and winsome as the Munchkin Boq, who finally takes a stand after being walked over by his fellow students."
- Australian Stage Online
"Perhaps the biggest surprise comes from two former Australian Idolers Rob Mills, as male lead Fiyero, and Anthony Callea as a perfectly cast munchkin. Both hold their own with strong vocals - Callea particularly has a voice that seems perfect for musical theatre."
- New Zealand Herald
"Rob Mills as the lover boy Fiyero and Scarecrow puts on a well measured performance as does Anthony Callea as Boq and the Tin Man."
- New Zealand Business Review
"Anthony Callea is too cute for words as Boq the munchkin."
- B News
"The Australian cast is superlative - Apart from the stellar performances of Harrison and Durack, there is a very strong supporting cast of uniform excellence - Anthony Callea exploits both voice and stature as the passionate Munchkin Boq."
"his performance is extremely well projected and note perfect."
- Gen Q
"Some of the best moments come from former Australian Idol contestant Anthony Callea.
"As the munchkin Boq in Wicked, Callea is impressive."
- Andrew Murpett - The Age