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Michael Crawford extends his run in The Wizard of Oz
Michael Crawford has extended his run as 'The Wizard' in Andrew Lloyd Webber's production of The Wizard of Oz, to 5 Feb 2012. (He was originally only scheduled to appear to 4 Sep 2011).
Michael Crawford, was the original Phantom, and also starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Woman in White in 2004. He's well known as playing the hapless Frank Spencer in the popular 1970s British sitcom, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em.
The Wizard of Oz opened at the London Palladium 1 March 2011, following previews from 7 February, to moderate notices from the popular press, and currently features Michael Crawford (Wizard), Danielle Hope (Dorothy - except Tuesday). Sophie Evans, (Dorothy - on Tuesdays and when Danielle is on holiday), Hannah Waddingham (Wicked Witch Of The West), Edward Baker-Duly (Tin Man), David Ganly (Lion), Paul Keating (Scarecrow), Emily Tierney (Glinda).
The Wizard of Oz has music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E Y Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice .
It is directed by Jeremy Sams, choreography by Arlene Phillips, designed by Rob Jones. produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright.
Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land, helped and hindered by the Witches of Oz, to meet the Wizard and obtain their heart’s desires. Songs include: Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Follow the Yellow Brick Road, If I Only Had a Heart and We’re Off to See the Wizard.