A Wizard performance at the Palladium
After an outstanding preview performance back in February, Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ musical is now open and delivering a magical performance to all.
It is almost a year since Lord Webber launched his BBC series searching to find a new Dorothy to star in the West End musical. Danielle Hope won the competition and she is already winning the hearts and minds of audiences with her faultless performance.
Michael Crawford’s welcome return to the West End stage as the wizard is a magical piece of casting: he is a true legend who never disappoints with his remarkable stage presence and character interpretations.
Costumes and sets by Robert Jones are a platform to perform and tease for Dorothy’s friends. Paul Keating’s tumbling Scarecrow invokes sympathy; Edward Baker-Duly’s squeaky Tin Man is neither rusty nor lame; and Toto the dog and the Cowardly Lion are cheekily humble in their onstage performances.
Director, Jeremy Sams’ special effects team have created eye-popping sequences; the winged monkeys are terrifying and the collapse of Dorothy’s home in a tornado is theatre magic at its best.
Alongside the amazing special effects, choreography by Arlene Philips the former Strictly TV judge, delivers colourful and dramatic scenes throughout.
The newly refurbished London Palladium has undergone a £4 million facelift thanks to Lord Webber’s generosity and vision. It creates an even more magical ambience to enjoy the show from any seating position: and its beautiful backdrops from the opening scene, and throughout, give the stage a vision of magical proportions.
Whatever you do......don’t miss it! Lord Webber’s Wizard of Oz is wonderful family entertainment and, after all, who can ever forget the lyrics of Somewhere Over the Rainbow? Or the caricature creatures Dorothy befriends like Scarecrow, Tin Man and Toto her pet pooch?
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Published: 17/03/2011 16:44:24