Saturday, January 21

Russell Grant Taking over from Michael Crawford as the Wizard of Oz

Michael Crawford will be leaving Andrew Lloyd Webber's  The Wizard of Oz on 5th February. The part of the Wizard will be taken over by media personality Russell Grant whose first love is singing and dancing.  He will perform the role from 14th February for a limited 12 week run.

He is playing Snake in the Children of Eden Gala on 29th January and will be guesting in Raymond Gubbay's production of HMS Pinafore at the Barbican, Manchester and Birmingham between March 11th and 18th.

Russell has recently shot back into the limelight by winning over so many viewers votes with his warmth and sense of humour in Strictly Come Dancing.  He originally trained for musical theatre and in 1983 Russell Grant And The Starlettes released cover versions of the songs No Matter What Sign You Are and Where Is Love?

But he is best known for his television presenting and various astrology programmes. In 1986 he joined TV-am as resident astrologer appearing on Good Morning and After Nine until 1990. Then from 1992-95 he was a regular on This Morning with Richard and Judy offering astrological advice.

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