It’s time to slip on those ruby slippers and get those heels a-clicking, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is set to whirlwind its way to the London Palladium in February 2011.
Fans of Over the Rainbow – the reality TV show where Mr. Webber himself searched for a new Dorothy – will be thrilled to see winner Danielle Hope take to the stage as the star, joined by the much loved Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion and Toto. Whilst Theatre fans everywhere may need to be doused with a pail of water following the news that the multi Tony and Olivier award winning performer, Michael Crawford, is set to star as the Wizard himself.
Known to theatre-loving audiences as the original Phantom of the Opera, Michael has also starred as Frank Spencer in the much loved British sitcom classic Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em. Sir Andrew himself has said “I am delighted that Michael Crawford, a legend of musical theatre, will take on the role of the Wizard and can’t wait to work with him once more”. Well, if Andrew’s singing his praises…
And as the Palladium celebrates its 100th birthday, work is underway to transform the interior into an Emerald City spectacular that will wow crowds well past the theatre’s centenary celebrations.
With dance sequences choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance? and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips, a revolving stage with magical special effects, and a few brand new songs masterminded by Sir Andrew and musical legend Tim Rice – in their first collaboration on a new project in over 30 years – lions, tigers and bears (oh my!), even a fleet of winged monkeys just couldn’t keep me away!
Join me and march your very own munchkins (or grown up buddies!) down the yellow brick road towards the London Palladium this February, and remember to check out our hotel and ticket packages before you set off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz.
Or, if you can’t keep those heels from a-clicking until February check out our very own theatre diary below or online on YouTube that features an exclusive interview with ‘Dorothy’ herself.
Our theatre diaries are set to be quite a regular thing too – with our very own Superbreak superstar, David Thomas, promising to make lots more video theatre postcards full of insider information and top holidaymaking tips.