Sunday, July 18

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice together again for The Wizard of Oz

Andrew Lloyd Webber is working with Tim Rice again for the first time in 34 years doing new songs for The Wizard Of Oz musical.

Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice were co-creators of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita but split up in the seventies when Rice wanted to do a musical about chess and Lloyd Webber was more interested in writing about cats.

Lloyd Webber says they have remained close over the years but have not found anything that they wanted to do together until now. He may have found his Dorothy in the form of Danielle Hope via his reality TV casting show Over the Rainbow, but he’s now got to fill a few holes in The Wizard Of Oz musical to get a show together as it opens at the London Palladium next February.

The Wizard Of Oz musical has never really worked in the theatre as it has some gaping holes: for example there are no songs for either of the two witches to sing.  Hopefully Lloyd Webber and his old writing partner Rice can remedy that along with other new songs/links which they know are needed.

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