Members of the Press Get to see The Wizard of Oz
The Anticipated Musical is Running at the West End’s Palladium
The latest musical to arrive in the West End on the back of a television campaign to find its lead star has opened at the London Palladium, with members of the press giving their verdicts on the much-publicised production of The Wizard Of Oz. Previews for the show have been running since February and now that critics have been given a look-in, they have been offering up their opinions on the lead cast members, the writing, the production design and even the performance of the canine lead.
Whilst the show has not received the kind of praise reserved for the likes of he Phantom of the Opera and others, critics have praised the singing of lead Danielle Hope, who was chosen for the role of Dorothy by the television talent show “Over the Rainbow”, though she apparently pales in comparison to Judy Garland. However, according to BBC News it has been her canine companion Toto whose realisation comes out on top, with the West Highland terrier that plays the famous dog providing a faultless performance. Praise has also been heaped on the production design, in particular the cyclone that transports Dorothy to the Land of Oz.
“The Wizard of Oz” tells the story of farm-girl Dorothy who dreams of a better life somewhere ‘Over the Rainbow’. But when a cyclone uproots her house and transports her and her dog Toto to the colourful Land of Oz, she must do everything she can to return home. Accompanied by a Tin Man, a Scarecrow and a Lion she heads off down the Yellow Brick Road so that she can obtain the help of the Wizard of Oz, whilst the Wicked Witch of the West it hot on her tail.
It is not the first time that London theatre audiences have experienced a new show that has appeared on the back of a successful television talent show. “Oliver the Musical”, which finished its run in January, was launched following the casting of Jodie Prenger on “I’d Do Anything”. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” followed “Any Dream Will Do” and “The Sound of Music”, which followed “How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?”
The Wizard of Oz began at the London Palladium on Tuesday 1st March 2011 (with previews from Monday 7th February 2011) and is currently booking until Saturday 17th September 2011.