Producers of the forthcoming West End revival of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium have cast Georgina Onuorah in the lead role of Dorothy.
The Wizard of Oz runs at the London Palladium from 23 June to 3 September 2023.
Georgina is currently playing Ado Annie in the award-winning revival of Oklahoma! at the Wyndham’s Theatre, and she played Dorothy in this production of The Wizard of Oz when it first premiered at the Curve in Leicester last year.
Georgina’s other West End credits include Millennials at The Other Palace, and Alternate Cinderella in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre.
The cast of The Wizard of Oz also includes Jason Manford as The Cowardly Lion, Ashley Banjo as The Tin Man, Dianne Pilkington as The Wicked Witch of the West, Louis Gaunt as The Scarecrow, Christina Bianco as Glinda The Good Witch, and Gary Wilmot as The Wizard/Professor Marvel.
The full cast is completed by Ben Thompson (as Toto), Annie Southall, Charlotte St.Croix, Claire O’Leary, Eamonn Cox, Emily Ann Potter, Geoff Aymer, Harrison Wilde, Jacqui Dubois, Jessica Daley, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Lauren Stroud, Marley Fenton, Michael Lin and Sam Stones.
The show features songs from the iconic MGM movie, including Over The Rainbow, Follow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See the Wizard, and additional songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Directed by Nikolai Foster (Billy Elliot The Musical, A Chorus Line), The Wizard of Oz creative team also includes choreography by Shay Barclay, Set Designer is Colin Richmond, Projection Designer is Douglas O’Connell, Costume and Puppet Designer is Rachael Canning, Lighting Designer is Ben Cracknell, Sound Designer is Adam Fisher, Creative Consultant is Mark Kaufman, Musical Director and Musical Supervisor is George Dyer, Casting Director is Kay Magson CDG, Props Supervisor is Marcus Hall Props and Wigs, Hair and Makeup Designer is Elizabeth Marini.
Michael Harrison said in a press statement: “It’s thrilling to announce today that Georgina will play Dorothy in our new production of The Wizard of Oz. She is a rare talent with great warmth. When she first played the role in Leicester last year, her soaring rendition of Over The Rainbow brought the whole house to their feet. She completes our casting, and along with Jason, Ashley, Dianne, Louis and Christina, is going to ensure it will be a summer to remember at the Palladium.”
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