Saturday, May 8

Booking opens today for The Wizard of Oz

There can’t be many people who don't know that Andrew Lloyd Webber is presenting a new version of the Wizard of Oz with his live casting show Over The Rainbow trying to find a Dorothy on BBC TV every Saturday night. The winner of the show will get to play Dorothy in his production which opens at the London Palladium  in March next year.

Sister Act which is currently playing at the Palladium will close on 30th October.

The 2,300 seater Palladium is owned by Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group and it will be turned into the Emerald City with set design which will include the restoration of the revolving stage which is well remembered for its use at the end of Sunday Night at the London Palladium.

The musical is best known as the 1939 Hollywood film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, but this show is “totally reconceived” with new songs written by Lord Lloyd Webber to add extra colour to the story as it moves from film to stage.

The creative team will be same as for Lloyd Webber’s The Sound of Music with Jeremy Sams directing, designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Arlene Phillips.

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