Tickets to the The Wizard of Oz have officially gone on sale.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi-million pound new production of the classic musical will start performances on 29 March 2011 at the London Palladium in the West End.
The major new show will star the winner of BBC One’s Over the Rainbow, which is currently searching for a Dorothy to appear in the musical
The show will feature a number of new songs specially written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who said recently that, “the film worked fantastically but we need some new songs for the stage show”. The creative team will consist of direction by Jeremy Sams, design by Robert Jones and choreography by Arlene Phillips.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce the musical.
Sister Act is currently playing at the theatre, and will now finish at the Palladium on 30 October 2010. It is currently looking for a new West End home.
Lord Webber is currently searching for a lucky newcomer to star in the show, in BBC One’s Over The Rainbow. Five contestants remain – Lauren Samuels, Jessica Robinson, Danielle Hope, Sophie Evans and Steph Fearon.
His company owns the London Palladium alongside a number of theatres in London including the Adelphi, where he recently launched his follow-up to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies.
Lloyd Webber said: “We are incredibly excited to be adapting The Wizard of Oz for the stage and re-telling this all-time classic family story. I have long been a huge fan of the original movie, the songs and characters and am really looking forward to bringing it to life again.”