USA Wizard of Oz

The USA is the next destination for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz after a successful transfer to Canada having been conceived and launched originally in London.

The Canadian Dorothy, chosen by a reality TV casting show just happened to have the same forename as the one chose in the UK’s version of ‘Over The Rainbow’ – they are both called Danielle. Danielle Hope in London went on to take a major role in Les Miserables in London, and the Canadian Dorothy/Danielle is taking the Wizard of Oz show next to San Francisco, USA.

The first North American tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play a special engagement at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco for two weeks only, on October 16 – 27, 2013.

THE WIZARD OF OZ had its North American premiere on December 20, 2012 in Toronto, Canada, at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, where it continues to play through until August 18, 2013.

The US national tour of THE WIZARD OF OZ will feature the same award-winning creative team from London and Toronto: Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Graham Hurman (musical supervision). Animals will be provided by William Berloni. Costumes are made with Swarovski Elements.


The Wizard of Oz in Toronto

While the Wizard of Oz has closed in London for the time being, the show is rolling out across the world starting in Canada where the same formula of using a reality TV show to cast Dorothy and Tonto the dog has been used again.

Coincidentally, The Wizard of Oz is opening in Toronto with another Danielle, this one Danielle Wade winning Canada’s Over The Rainbow competition to play Dorothy. Our own Danielle Hope in the UK is still playing Eponine in Les Miserables until next year when someone else famous takes over.

The Wizard of Oz opened at the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, Canada on December 20, 2012.


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Des O’Connor Next Wizard of Oz

Des O’Connor next Wizard of Oz

Veteran entertainer Des O’Connor (80) is stongly rumoured to be taking over from Russell Grant as the Wizard of Oz in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production at the London Palladium. Grant leaves on 20th May and the show is currently booking until 28th October with the current Dorothy (Sophie Evans) now staying on until September.

The role was originally played by 70 year old Michael Crawford and O’Connor will take over the dual roles of  Professor Marvel/Tour Guide/Doorman/The Wizard of Oz. This is only the second time he has performed in a West End musical appearing in Dreamboats & Petticoats at the Playhouse Theatre last year.

Since his first television appearance back in 1963 he has starred in his own shows for over 45 years – longer than anyone else anywhere in the world. He is probably best remembered in the West End when he hosted Sunday Night at the London Palladium making over 1000 appearances.  His very successful career includes popular  television shows (which include Des O’Connor Tonight and The Des O’Connor Show) O’Connor has 36 albums which have sold  more than 16 million copies worldwide.

Des was awarded the CBE in 2008 for his services to Entertainment and Broadcasting and is widely regarded as one of the best loved and most respected stars in England.


The Wizard of Oz Books

The Wizard of OZ books

Judy Garland

L. Frank Baum wrote many stories around the Oz theme, describing the adventures of Dorothy Gale as well as other visitors from the real world. After he passed away in 1919, the mantle of “Royal Historian of Oz” was assumed by Ruth Plumly Thompson, and she continued to publish Oz stories from 1921 thru 1939. Since that time, many others have published Oz stories. Select any of the below listed items to see a list of these books. Full descriptions are also provided for the Baum Oz books. In addition, the full text of many of the books are provided.

There are fourteen books in the Wizard of Oz series by Baum, plus a book of short stories. The following lists these by date of first publication.

  • 1900 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • 1904 The Marvelous Land of Oz
  • 1907 Ozma of Oz
  • 1908 Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
  • 1909 The Road to Oz
  • 1910 The Emerald City of Oz
  • 1913 The Patchwork Girl of Oz
  • 1914 Little Wizard Stories of Oz
  • 1914 Tik-Tok of Oz
  • 1915 The Scarecrow of Oz
  • 1916 Rinkitink in Oz
  • 1917 The Lost Princess of Oz
  • 1918 The Tin Woodman of Oz
  • 1919 The Magic of Oz
  • 1920 Glinda of Oz

Over the 20th Century, Oz as a global phenomenon has grown far beyond the boundaries of a series of children’s stories and a classical movie. Oz icons are instantly recognizable across the breadth and depth of American society, and in the world in general. This omnipresence has led to myths, parodies, allegories, pastiches, etc., etc., all of which perpetuate and extend the Oz experience.


The Wizard of Oz gets Four Nominations

The Wizard of Oz received four nominations in the 2012 Awards.

During the past month, more than 10,000 London theatre goers have been busy nominating their favourite productions. The shortlist was announced on Friday 2nd December today at the Cafe de Paris in London, and voting is now open for theatre fans to choose their winners at the website. Voting closes on 31st January 2012, and the winners will be announced at a special ceremony on 19th February.

The Wizard of Oz’s four nominations are:

  • Best Musical Revival – The Wizard of Oz
  • London Newcomer of the Year – Danielle Hope
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Musical – Hannah Waddingham
  • Best Set Designer – Robert Jones

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Wizard of Oz Prequel – Oz The Great And Powerful




James Franco will play the young wizard in Oz The Great and Powerful, a feature film from Walt Disney Pictures that began production on July 25th 2011, directed by Sam Raimi.

Oz The Great and Powerful is a prequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) by L. Frank Baum, with a script co-written by David Lindsay-Abaire and Mitchell Kapner. The story is told from the point of view of the Wizard, telling how the Wizard arrived in Oz and how he became the ruler.

The all-star cast of the film includes Zach Braff as Franco’s assistant, Mila Kunis as the witch Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Kunis’ sister Evanora and Michelle Williams as Glinda the Good Witch. The film is due to be released through Disney Studios Motion Pictures on March 8th, 2013.

When Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician is blown off course from Kansas to the land of Oz, he thinks he has made the big time. Then he meets three witches who don’t think he is the great wizard everyone has been expecting. Finding out who is good and who is bad helps Oscar Diggs become the great and powerful Wizard of Oz

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