Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce a brand new, multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011.
The show will start performances on 29 March 2011 at the London Palladium. Sister Act is currently playing at the theatre.
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Lord Webber has been searching for a lucky newcomer to star in the show in BBC One’s Over The Rainbow, and the winner has now been announced as DANIELLE HOPE, 18 years old from Greater Manchester. She will pop on the ruby slippers and star as Dorothy at the London Palladium for a magical new production of the show.
The first stage version of L Frank Baum’s classic book was in 1902 starring Anna Laughlin. The 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland is the most famous version of the show, and was adapted into a stage musical in 1945 by Frank Gabrielson for the St. Louis Municipal Opera. In 1987 the RSC produced a new stage musical version which was much closer to the film, and starred Imelda Staunton as Dorothy, who was nominated for an Olivier award for Outstanding Performance of the Year by an Actress in a Musical.
Andrew Lloyd Webber will look to add some new songs to the stage show: “The film worked fantastically but we need some new songs for the stage show”, said Lloyd Webber.