Michael Crawford & Danielle Hope to Depart UK WIZARD OF OZ Feb. 5
It's now official that both Michael Crawford and Danielle Hope will both depart the West End production of THE WIZARD OF OZ on February 5, 2012. Both have been with the show since the beginning, and audiences had been following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Crawford (as the Wizard) and Danielle Hope (as Dorothy), winner of BBC TV's Over the Rainbow, at The London Palladium. The show began previews in early February of 2011 and opened in March of 2011 to great reviews.
No replacements have yet been announced for either role.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's new THE WIZARD OF OZ combines all the much-loved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score with new songs written with Tim Rice. With Hope and Crawford in the cast are also Edward Baker-Duly (Hickory/Tin Man), David Ganly (Zeke/Cowardly Lion), Paul Keating (Hunk/Scarecrow), Emily Tierney (Glinda), and Hannah Waddingham (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West) along with: Sophie Evans (Alternate Dorothy), Stephen Scott (Uncle Henry/Ensemble, first cover Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz), and Helen Walsh (Aunt Em/Munchkin Barrister/Ensemble).
Developed from the ever-popular 1939 MGM screenplay, THE WIZARD OF OZ is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team who delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music. THE WIZARD OF OZ by L Frank Baum is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice with the set and costumes designed by Robert Jones. The show is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.
Tickets are available from The London Palladium Box Office on 0844 412 2957 or online from www.wizardofozthemusical.com