Watch The Wizard of Oz musical in rehearsals ahead of festive revival
The musical makes its return
Rehearsals are in full swing for The Wizard of Oz at Curve Leicester and you can have a first glimpse here!
The musical, running from 19 November to 8 January 2023, is based on L Frank Baum's book and the classic motion picture. It has music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and additional lyrics by Tim Rice, with Jeremy Same and Lloyd Webber adapting the book. Tickets are on sale now via the Curve website.
Set to appear on the Yellow Brick Road will be Georgina Onuorah (Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella) as Dorothy, Jonny Fines (An Officer and a Gentleman) as Scarecrow, Paul French (Grease) as Tin Man and Giovanni Spanó (Bat Out Of Hell) as Lion. Ben Thompson (101 Dalmatians) will play Toto, presented in the production using puppetry.
As for the magic wielders in the musical, Christina Bianco (The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) plays Glinda, while Charlotte Jaconelli (Heathers the Musical) plays the Wicked Witch of the West.
Mark Peachey (Dear Evan Hansen) will play Professor Marvel and the Wizard, while Dorothy's Aunt Em will be played by Jacqui Dubois (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) and Uncle Henry will be played by Geoffrey Aymer (The Color Purple).
The company is completed by Andrew Dillon, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Martin McCarthy, Ellie Mitchell, Natasha Mould, Mervin Noronha, Amy Oxley, Andrew Patrick-Walker, Christina Shand, Charlotte St. Croix, Tom Watson and Daisy West.
Cast by Kay Magson and set to be directed by artistic director Nikolai Foster, the production is staged by a creative team including choreographer Shay Barclay, set designer Colin Richmond, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Adam Fisher, costume and puppet designer Rachael Canning and projection designer Douglas O'Connell, while the musical director is George Dyer.
Also part of the production are magic consultant Scott Penrose, props supervisor Marcus Hall, props and costume supervisor Anna Josephs, wigs, hair and make-up designer Elizabeth Marini, production manager Patrick Molony, associate choreographer Kate Ivory-Jordan, associate director Christopher Key and RTYDS resident assistant director Lilac Yosiphon.