Over the Rainbow winner and the nation’s Dorothy is Danielle Hope!

The Over the Rainbow Finale is on BBC One tonight, 22/5/2010.  I’m sure Andrew Lloyd Webber, the panel, audience, and two final contestants are excited to see who will be Dorothy.  Who will it be – Sophie or Danielle?
Sophie Evans (17) – Wales:
Sophie has been singing as long as she has been speaking.  She gets her singing ability from her mother.  Her family is very supportive.
Danielle Hope (18) – Greater Manchester:
Danielle, a full-time student, recently quit her part time job to focus on her studies and to pursue her dream of becoming an entertainer/performer.  Her family, while realistic about the entertainment business, they are very supportive.
They both are pretty and talented.  When singing ‘Over the Rainbow’, amazingly they each made it their own with beautiful renditions sounding very different.  The judges feel they owned the song.  The Dorothys also performed a song of their choice.  Both did an excellent job though Danielle’s performance of Mambo Italiano was livelier than Sophie’s choice of song (again though – both well done).
The winner will be recording Over the Rainbow as a single for charity available for download after midnight tonight.
Though the night is all about Dorothy, Toto deserves an honourable mention – Dave or ‘Dangerous Dave’ is Toto.
Just announced — The winner and the nation’s Dorothy is Danielle Hope!
Lloyd Webber is pleased with the result and said that the public has never been wrong yet.  Well done to all the contestants and best of luck to Danielle!

Book Tickets for The Wizard of Oz Musical

We’re off to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz!

The most magical adventure of them all.

Follow the yellow brick road over the rainbow and into The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical.

Today, Saturday 8th May, 2010, tickets go on sale for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much anticipated West End adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. There’ll be no place like The London Palladium, the capital’s home of the family musical, where the brand new show will premiere in early 2011, with tickets going on sale today for performances from 29th March 2011.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that delighted audiences of all ages with their recent London Palladium revival of The Sound of Music.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay this new production contains all the much-loved songs from the Oscar winning movie score, all the favourite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said, “We are incredibly excited to be adapting The Wizard of Oz for the stage and re-telling this all time classic family story.  I have long been a huge fan of the original movie, the songs and characters and am really looking forward to bringing it to life again.” 

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

Click here to Book tickets for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz!

Wizard of Oz Musical to Move into London Palladium in March 2011

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s forthcoming revival of The Wizard of Oz will follow Sister Act into the London Palladium where it is scheduled to start performances on 29 March 2011.

An exclusive deal has been struck between the Producers and the Sun and News of the World newspapers whose readers have been given advance access to tickets, ranging from £25 to £62.50.  Public booking is due to open on 9 May 2010.

A little history… L Frank Baum wrote the first 1903 stage version of his 1900 novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  The story is best known from the 1939 Hollywood film starring Judy Garland as Dorothy.  The stage musical version was adapted by John Kane from the Warner Bros movie and was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican in 1987 with Dorothy played by a young Imelda Staunton.  It has music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and EY Harburg.

The Wizard of Oz last had a major London outing at the Royal Festival Hall in Summer 2008 when Sian Brooke played Dorothy in a cast that also featured Adam Cooper, Roy Hudd and Gary Wilmot. 

The new musical version will star the winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s BBC One competition Over the Rainbow.  It follows the formula of How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything – all which found Connie Fisher for The Sound of Music, Lee Mead for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Jodie Prenger for Oliver!  Over the Rainbow has been searching for Dorothy (and Toto) for The Wizard of Oz since 26 March and is due to crown the winner the end of May.  The judging panel consists of John Partridge, Charlotte Church and Sheila Hancock (whose own current show, Sister Act, will close at the London Palladium on 1 January 2011 to make way for The Wizard of Oz).

No further casting or creative details for The Wizard of Oz Musical have been announced to date.  It is expected to be directed by The Sound of Music’s Jeremy Sams and choreographed by Arlene Phillips with some new songs specially written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater.

The Wizard of Dogz Hits YouTube!

It’s not just Dorothy they’re looking for, they’re searching for Toto too. The Wizard of Dogz is a story that unfolds in a magical dog-inspired World of Oz, where the ‘yellow brick road’ is paved with dog biscuits (what a dream for the actors!). Follow the canine friends as they embark on their journey to the Emerald City. Don’t forget about the feline friends… well, not friends to the dogs but they’re part of the show!

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For more information, please go visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/dorothy

Entertainment Has Gone to the Dogz, ‘The Wizard of Dogz’

If you’re watching the new show ‘Over the Rainbow’ – the search for Dorothy – you might be interested in ‘Wizard of Dogz’Andrew Lloyd Webber is looking for Dorothy’s Toto.

To highlight the search for Toto, BBC has created a short Wizard of Oz film where all the good characters are played by dogs and the baddies played by cats. 

Toto Open Auditions were scheduled to take place on 6th and 7th April at The Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire where 10 dogs were to have been selected (5 of the 10 to be selected by the panel to continue into the competition).  The panel of judges working with Lloyd Webber include Jodie Prenger (winner of I’d Do Anything and Nancy in Oliver), Gerry Cott (animal trainer to the stars) and Sarah Fisher (animal behaviour expert).  Viewers won’t be able to vote for the cute little four-legged stars. The winner will appear in a one-off gala performance of The Wizard of Oz in the West End next year.

This is a time when we won’t mind entertainment going to the Dogz!

For more information, please go visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00rd98s

Could you be Webber’s Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz?

Really Useful Group has announced their search to start looking for Dorothy in a BBC TV series. Andrew Lloyd Webber who had solved the problem to find Maria, Joseph his dreamcoat and Nancy.

Now he’s searching for a Dorothy to star in his new West End stage production of The Wizard of Oz.

Auditions are open to everyone, no matter how much or how little experience you have. What they looking for is the potential to make the part of Dorothy your own.

Nationwide auditions for Dorothy begin in January 2010. All applicants must have been aged 16 or over by
26 June 2009.

If you think you are the girl for the role, were aged 16 or over on 26 June this year, and would like to take part in a BBC TV series to find Dorothy, log on to bbc.co.uk/dorothy find out more.