Michael Crawford to star as Wizard

Michael Crawford to star as Wizard Michael Crawford to star as Wizard
Michael Crawford is taking the lead role of the Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz which opens at the London Palladium next year. Crawford will be joined by Danielle Hope, winner in the BBC talent show Over the Rainbow, who steps into Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

“We will be going a lot further than simply presenting the movie on stage. We have re-visited the original novel and re-conceived our Oz as a piece of new musical theatre using the wonderful Arlen/Harburg songs and adding a few new ones where there are gaps,” says Andrew Lloyd Webber. ”I am really looking forward to bringing The Wizard of Oz to life on stage. I am delighted that Michael Crawford will take on the role of the Wizard and can’t wait to work with him once more”.

Michael Crawford adds: “I didn’t hesitate at all when Andrew asked me to take on the role of the Wizard. Working with him and Tim on a brand new production of this timeless classic is so thrilling and I am already looking forward to starting rehearsals later in the year.”

The show features brand new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and previews from Monday 7 February 2011, promising to be one of the biggest theatre events of the year.

The London Palladium celebrated its 100th birthday this year. The stage design for The Wizard of Oz will include a restoration of the legendary revolving stage made famous from the finale of Television’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium.


Photo: Andrew Lloyd Webber, Danielle Hope and Michael Crawford prepare for the new Palladium show.