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The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

The Wizard of OzAndrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Dorothy, Michael Crawford and Hannah Waddingham.

The show will start performances on 7 February 2011 at the London Palladium.

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Lord Webber is producing the show, following his search for a Dorothy in BBC One’s Over The Rainbow. His company owns the London Palladium alongside a number of theatres in London including the Adelphi, where his follow-up to The Phantom of the Opera, Love Never Dies, is currently playing.

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.



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Michael Crawford To Continue As The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz!
MICHAEL CRAWFORD is to continue in his starring role of The Wizard in ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Michael has been thrilling audiences since the show opened at the LONDON PALLADIUM on 1 March 2011 and now he will star in the iconic role until Sunday 5 February 2012. In addition to the eponymous role, Michael also plays the characters of The Wizard in disguise as both the doorman and the tour guide in the Emerald City, as well as Professor Marvel, for whom a new song has been specially written, The Wonders of the World. This is one of several brand new songs by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and TIM RICE, which also include Red Shoes Blues, a solo for The Wicked Witch of the West and Dorothy’s opening number Nobody Understands Me. THE WIZARD OF OZ combines these new musical numbers, which mark the first time Andrew and Tim have worked together in over 30 years on a new production, with all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score. MICHAEL CRAWFORD is internationally renowned for originating the title role in The Phantom of the Opera and loved by millions for his role as the hapless Frank Spencer in the classic British sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. His hugely successful career spans four decades, and includes his triumphant performance in the hit show Barnum at the London Palladium. He is a multi Olivier and Tony-award winning star whose acclaim encompasses theatre, television and film and he was appointed an OBE in 1988. Michael stars alongside DANIELLE HOPE, the winner of the BBC smash hit talent show Over The Rainbow, who is Dorothy, EDWARD BAKER-DULY (Tin Man), DAVID GANLY (Lion), PAUL KEATING (Scarecrow), EMILY TIERNEY (Glinda) and HANNAH WADDINGHAM (as The Wicked Witch of the West). The Wizard of Oz by L Frank Baum is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, set and costumes designs by Robert Jones, and produced by Bill Kenwright and the Really Useful Group. Release issued by: Target Live LINKS Book tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium
The Wizard of Oz – Reviews Round-up
A round-up of reviews of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="The Wizard of Oz cast, left - right Edward Baker-Duly, David Ganly, Paul Keating and Danielle Hope"][/caption] Finally it's here! The build-up to Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz has been nothing but intense, from the BBC talent show Over The Rainbow to find a new Dorothy to star in the musical, to the return of Michael Crawford to the stage, to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice reuniting at last to provide four new musical numbers. And the reaction from the critics is good, which must come as a relief to Lord Lloyd Webber, who has had a rough 12 months with a series of headaches over the launch of his new Phantom sequel Love Never Dies, his failed attempt to sell some of his theatres, and his personal battle with cancer. He deserved to have a hit, and with Love Never Dies taking 7 Olivier Award nominations last month, and a positive reaction from the critics about The Wizard of Oz, things are looking up! Danielle Hope, who makes her West End stage debut as Dorothy, gives it her all and impresses the critics with a fine performance. And the new songs go down well, adding to the original score of the stage show and movie. But the real critical superlatives are reserved for Robert Jones and his lavish costumes and set, and Hannah Waddingham, who wows the critics with her performance as the Wicked Witch of the West. See review round-ups below from the Guardian, Times, Telegraph, Evening Standard and Independent. LINKS Book tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium The Wizard of Oz - News and features
The Wizard of Oz starts tonight
Andrew Lloyd Webber's major new production of The Wizard of Oz starts previews tonight at the London Palladium, starring Danielle Hope and Michael Crawford. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Danielle Hope and Michael Crawford, stars of The Wizard of Oz"][/caption] The multi-million pound production, which features songs from the Oscar-winning movie plus specially written new songs by Lloyd -Webber and Tim Rice, gets its official opening night on 1 March 2011. The show stars Danielle Hope, who won the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow to become Dorothy in the new production. Director the show, Jeremy Sams, said earlier this week that newcomer Danielle Hope is "marvellous" as Dorothy and, "she makes total sense on the stage. She is the calmest professional I have ever worked with.” Also starring in the show is theatre veteran Michael Crawford, who is reuniting with Andrew Lloyd Webber 24 years after playing the original Phantom of the Opera to play The Wizard of Oz, Hannah Waddingham (Into The Woods) as the Wicked Witch of the West, Paul Keating (Tommy) as Scarecrow, Edward Baker Duly (Copacabana) as Tin Man, David Ganly (Chicago) as Cowardly Lion and Emily Tierney (All the Fun of the Fair) as Glinda. The cast also includes Over The Rainbow runner-up Sophie Evans covering the part of Dorothy on Tuesdays and when Ms Hope is on holiday. The team behind the 2006 revival of The Sound of Music is creating the show, including director Jeremy Sams, designer Robert Jones and choreographer Arlene Phillips. Book tickets to The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium. LINKS Photos: The Wizard of Oz rehearsals Over The Rainbow fan pages

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41 thoughts on “The Wizard of Oz tickets at the London Palladium”

  1. I really dislike Glinda’s “look.” The dress is pretty but I hate her headdress/face glitter… if they’re going to go for Wizard of Oz they should’ve done an outfit that was big and light pink!

  2. They ruin it with the rough American accents. It’s supposed to have in many places a cheerful English air.

  3. defygravity1998

    Anyone know where i can find a video of them (or their replacement cast) doing jitterbug! i’ve looked fo ra while and am having a hard time finding it!

  4. everytime i watch this show, i feel like im watching a big lie…Thanks Wicked for opening my eyes…

  5. everytime i watch this show, i feel like im watching a big lie…Thanks Wicked for opening my eyes…

  6. papaknowsbest16

    My thoughts exactly. Though I will say that there’s nothing like the excitement in the room at a high school production when the girl playing the witch rides the bike across the stage.

  7. BagOfSticksFork

    yeah. i love wizard of oz the film but the musical is a bit too….i dont know i just prefer the film

  8. papaknowsbest16

    This production doesn’t help by using the ideas from Wicked as a pattern in an effort to cash in on it. It’s too bad that they would rather make a version for the moment than put in the effort to do something really great.

  9. I loved the show I’m only 8 years old and I would do anything for you I it was bday yesteday so my mom took me to royal circle. And please tell the puppy well done

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  11. HowBrightWeShineDude

    this looks like a brilliant showi love hannah!!!! one small complaint
    though :/ the ensemble costumes aren’t as elaborate as their wicked
    counterparts… (please no rants, just stating an opinion and yes, i know
    they’re two different interpretations of oz, i’m just saying compared to
    other musicals, they just dont meet the standard)

  12. Me and my hubby went to watch this show on Thursday and really really
    enjoyed it. Fantastic set and the wicked witch is hilarious. We had seats
    in the royal circle, the best seats I’ve ever sat in, just perfect for
    viewing the stage. I could not recommend it more:)

  13. I watched it today with my school chestnuts primary school I was sitting in
    the upper circle right in the middle

  14. @MusicalsFan15 But the costumes are more similar to the Wicked costumes
    than to the costumes in the film or any other production of The Wizard of
    OZ, especially the Witches costumes. If they’re gonna take inspiration for
    costumes it should be from previous versions of this story not its side
    story

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