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Olivier Audience Award short list announced

The short list for this year’s Olivier Audience Award was announced today by Elaine Paige on her BBC Radio 2 show. The short list of shows are Billy Elliot the Musical, Jersey Boy, Les Misérables and We Will Rock You.

Love Never Dies confirms cast change

Andrew Lloyd Webber confirms Love Never Dies cast change for 7 March: Ramin Karimloo to stay as Phantom, David Thaxton joins as Raoul

New cast of Love Never Dies?

Following the news that Sierra Boggess, currently playing Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, will leave the role on 5 March to head to Broadway, more rumours are circulating over the cast changes for the show.

Sierra Boggess to play Broadway

Sierra Boggess, who is currently starring as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre, is to go to Broadway in the Spring. She will star alongside Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) in a revival of Terence McNally’s play Master Class about the great opera diva Maria Callas.

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.

Photos: The Wizard of Oz cast rehearsals

Behind-the-scenes cast photos of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, previewing from 7 February 2011 at the London Palladium.

Love Never Dies girls make plans

It seems that the women in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies are busy planning their next moves: Sierra Bogges in Rebecca and Summer Strallen in Top Hat.

Baz and Love: The saga continues

I feel bad for Baz Bamigboye, the Daily Mail’s showbiz guru. He loved Loved Never Dies and feels as disappointed and betrayed as a scorned lover

Love never dies but does take rests

Are Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright best buddies or what? It’s like a true West End bro-mance. And now we hear that Bill is assisting the Lord in doing a bit of light tinkering with Love Never Dies at the Adelphi Theatre.

Palladium celebrates Centenary year

Veteran celebrity Bruce Forsyth unveiled a commemorative plaque at the London Palladium today, 12 October 2010, to celebrate the forthcoming Centenary of the theatre.

Phantom celebrates anniversary

Today, Saturday 9 October 2010, marks the 24th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London.

Michael Crawford to star in Wizard of Oz

Theatre veteran Michael Crawford is to reunite with Andrew Lloyd Webber 24 years after playing the original Phantom of the Opera, in The Wizard of Oz.

Lloyd Webber fans play part in new box set

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and Universal Music are inviting Lloyd Webber fans to play a role in the forthcoming “Andrew Lloyd Webber 60” CD release.

Michael Grade turns attention to West End

Michael Grade, of the legendary Grade and Delfont entertainment dynasty, is eyeing up the West End as his next conquest: buying four London theatres.

Baz falls out of love with Love

The UK’s leading entertainment correspondent, Baz Bamigboye from the Daily Mail newspaper, has finally broken ranks and ranted his frustration at Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new Phantom sequel, Love Never Dies.

Over the Rainbow’s Sophie Evans off to Oz

Over The Rainbow runner-up Sophie Evans is set to make her West End debut next year playing Dorothy in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s multi-million pound new production of The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium.

Sunday Times Rich List: Top 2000

The Sunday Times has published the details of its Top 2,000 richest people in the UK, following the publication of its Top 1,000 list in April.

Dave Willets cast in Aspects of Love

Musical theatre veteran Dave Willets has been cast as George in the new Menier Chocolate Factory production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn.

Wizard of Oz West End

Wizard of Oz West End: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce a brand new, multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011, starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope.

Over The Rainbow – Tickets

Over The Rainbow Tickets: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group will produce a brand new, multi-million pound production of The Wizard of Oz in 2011, starring Over The Rainbow winner Danielle Hope.

Final set for Over The Rainbow

Three contestants named in final of Over The Rainbow. And then there were three. The winner of Over The Rainbow, to find a Dorothy to star in Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz, edged a step closer on Sunday as Steph left the show. That leaves Lauren Samuels, 22, from London, Sophie Evans, 17, from Wales and Danielle Hope, 17, from Greater Manchester in the final on Saturday (22nd May, 7pm). It was NAIL-BITING, with Lord LW deciding to save Lauren – which meant poor Steph had to go. Saturday will prove a close call.

The Wizard of Oz goes on sale

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 Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium

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 (CLICK HERE TO BOOK TICKETS). Sister Act is currently playing at the theatre. Sign up here for news, casting and ticketing information on The Wizard Of Oz. 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 …

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Lloyd-Webber stalls Broadway LND

The Broadway opening of Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom sequel, has been officially postponed. In a statement, the producers of the Broadway show said that the premiere will be delayed for several months, until around Spring 2011, whilst Lord Webber deals with “post-operative problems” from his treatment for prostate cancer. He is currently starring in BBC One talent show Over The Rainbow to find a new Dorothy to star in a multi-million pound West End production of The Wizard of Oz. Love Never Dies, which continues to do well at the box-office at the Adelphi Theatre in London, …

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Over The Rainbow tonight

BBC One begins its new talent search Over The Rainbow tonight on BBC One. The show will find a new Dorothy to star in a major West End production of The Wizard Of Oz. Over The Rainbow, hosted by Graham Norton, will start at 9pm tonight (Friday) on BBC One, followed by a live feature-length studio show on Saturday at 6.30pm. Westendtheatre.com has launched a special micro-site to follow the show, from the start of auditions up to the opening night of the show in the West End. Following the success of BBC musical talent shows How Do You Solve …

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Over The Rainbow – Interviews

JUDGE: ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Following the success of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, Andrew Lloyd Webber is back to trawl the length and breadth of the UK for performers with extraordinary talent. One of the richest men in the UK, the 61-year-old composer has written some of the greatest musicals of all time including The Phantom Of The Opera, Cats, Evita, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, The Woman In White and Aspects Of Love – and recently launched his new musical …

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Over The Rainbow – TV Show

OVER THE RAINBOW TV SCHEDULE BBC ONE: Friday 26 March 2010 9pm – 10pm  Episode 1 (of 11): Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber looks for a Dorothy to take the starring role in The Wizard of Oz BBC ONE: Saturday 27 March 2010 6.30pm – 8pm Episode 2 (of 11): The final 20 girls audition for the part of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. BBC ONE:  Saturday 3 April 2010 – 7.25pm -8 .40pm Episode 3 (of 11): Start of the live studio shows featuring the 10 Dorothys and the Wild Card Dorothy as voted for by you BBC ONE: …

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Over The Rainbow

Welcome to our special westendtheatre.com celebration of all things Over The Rainbow.  Over The Rainbow, which finished on 22 May on BBC One, saw 20 contestants battle it out to play the role of Dorothy in a multi-million pound new production of The Wizard of Oz. The lucky winner was Danielle Hope, 18 from Greater Manchester, who won the show in a closely fought final with runner-up Sophie Evans, 17 from Wales. “Henry! Henry! I can’t find Dorothy! She’s somewhere out in the storm! Dorrrrrrotheeeeeee!” Andrew Lloyd Webber is bringing the classic musical The Wizard of Oz to the London …

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Love Never Dies – Starts tonight

This time next week Andrew Lloyd Webber’s brand new musical Love Never Dies will start previewing at the Adelphi Theatre in London.

London’s longest running shows

Last month Disney’s The Lion King became the ninth longest-running musical in West End history.

Power couple top Stage poll

The Stage 100, the entertainment newspaper’s annual list of the 100 most powerful people in UK theatre, has placed Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire, joint chief executives of Ambassador Theatre Group, in first place.

West End box-office boost

West End continues to buck the economic trend with box-office boost.

Major shows to close on 30 May

Sunset Boulevard, Spring Awakening, Shout and Joseph to all close on 30 May.   A number of major West End shows are closing this month – with only days left for theatregoers to catch them. Despite astonishing critical acclaim, Spring Awakening at the Novello Theatre is to close early on 30 May. Spring Awakening had its European premiere at Lyric Hammersmith earlier this year, where the mix of Frank Wedekind’s classic story about teenage sexual discovery fused with teen rock garnered numerous five star reviews. Stephen Daldry’s 1992 National Theatre production of JB Priestley’s An Inspector Calls will go into …

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Phantom sequel Love Never Dies to open in London

Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s new sequel to The Phantom of the Opera – “Love Never Dies” – will have its world premiere in London, as reported today by Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail. It was initially believed that the new blockbusting musical would open simultaneously in New York, London and Shanghai, but it now appears that managing the logistics of this has proved too complex. However, the show will still break new ground in opening productions around the world in quick succession – starting with London and then following with Toronto, Shanghai and then Broadway. In London, the show will play …

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