Dangerous Dave was chosen personally by Andrew Lloyd Webber in the reality TV contest. At the gala, he’ll play Toto alongside the publicly-voted Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope as Dorothy in a cast that also features Michael Crawford, Hannah Waddigham, Paul Keating, David Ganly, Edward Baker-Duly.
The Wizard of Oz, best known from the 1939 Hollywood film starring Judy Garland, has been “totally reconceived” and includes new songs written by Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice. The production is helmed by the same creative team behind Lloyd Webber’s Whatsonstage.com Award-winning revival of The Sound of Music starring his first reality TV winner Connie Fisher – director Jeremy Sams, designer Robert Jones and choreographer Arlene Phillips.
In other gala news, Whatsonstage.com blogger and Off-West End deputy editor Jo Caird will be making her own West End debut, also for charity and for one-night-only, in this year’s Showtime Challenge performance of Sandy Wilson's The Boy Friend at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Sunday 8 May 2011 in aid of the Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts.
The Showtime Challenge, care of Eyebrow Productions, is to present a full West End musical after only 48 hours’ rehearsal – so Jo will be working very hard indeed on her assignment.
Previous Showtime Challenge performances have included Crazy tor You, Me and My Girl and Sweet Charity.
The Whatsonstage.com team will be cheering Jo on – and tweeting – from the event on 8 May.
Whatsonstage.com will also be tweeting on Thursday night from this year’s West End Eurovision competition – hosted by Gabby Roslin, judged by Graham Norton, Sheridan Smith and Justin Lee Collins and held in aid of TheatreMAD, The Make A Difference Trust. In advance, you can view all the hilarious videos from competing shows - including Billy Elliot, Wicked, Priscilla Queen of the Desert and The Wizard of Oz - on Whatsonstage.com here.
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