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The Wizard of Oz Has Now Closed

The London Palladium said goodbye to the Yellow Brick Road on 2 September 2012. Here are some other family friendly musicals in the West End for you to choose from:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Story of the Show

The Wizard of Oz is one of the world’s best-known tales, loved by children and adults alike and immortilized on film by MGM in the wonderful 1939 technicolour film version starring Judy Garland. Using the same screenplay from the classic movie and featuring the charming songs beloved by all such as ‘Over The Rainbow’ and ‘Follow The Yellow Brick Road’, Andrew Lloyd Webber has given the story a breath of fresh air in an enchanting theatre adaptation of the musical, adding extra gems to the soundtrack.

After getting caught up in a mighty twister and being swept over the rainbow to a magical land, Dorothy along with her pet dog Toto, find themselves in Oz and unable to get home. Once Dorothy acquires magical ruby slippers after her house flattens the Wicked Witch of the East, she journeys down the yellow brick road, meeting friends along the way such as the Tin Man, Cowardly Lion and the Scarecrow, in the hope of finding the Wizard to help get her home to Kansas.

Based on the original 1900 book by L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this adaptation features new music from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, choreography by Alene Philips who has also created the dance routines for hit-musicals such as We Will Rock You, Grease and Flashdance, and production by Bill Kenwright.

Reception

In 2010 the BBC hosted a talent contest called ‘Over the Rainbow’ in which Andrew Lloyd Webber set out to scour the country and find the right person to play Dorothy in his upcoming production. He found her, and in May 2010, Danielle Hope was chosen to play the lead role made famous by actress Judy Garland in the film. Runner up, Sophie Evans, was also offered a role in the show as alternate Dorothy, performed on Tuesday nights and on a First Cover basis until she became the new lead in February 2012. After the production opened on 1st March 2011, The Wizard of Oz has been extremely popular due to its previous publicity on prime-time television and has received positive reviews from theatre critics for its outstanding visual effects and beautiful choreography.

London Performances

You do not have to be whisked away by a tornado to join Dorothy and the gang in their journey down the yellow brick road – just make your way to the London Palladium. There are regular evening performances in Theatreland on Tuesdays to Saturday at 7.30pm, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm and on Sundays at 3pm. The duration of the show is 2 hours and 30 minutes including a 15 minute interval. The Wizard of Oz is currently booking until 2nd September 2012 and tickets are available to purchase both online and at the box office.

At Wizard of Oz London.org we cover many aspects of the show including cast information, details and history about the London Palladium, reviews from the critics, how to purchase tickets and interesting videos of the London production of the show.

 

 

 


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