Along with the epic work going into the Phantom sequel and his penchant for TV talent searches, Andrew Lloyd Webber has reportedly revealed that he also has plans to revive Hello Dolly! in the West End and he has his sights set on Connie Fisher to be his leading lady. While the original West End production played for almost two years at Drury Lane, it never matched the overwhelming success it had on Broadway, where it won twelve Tony awards over an impressive ten year run. A 1984 revival at the Prince of Wales was not a success, closing after only four months. Most recently, a production of the show toured the UK in 2008 starring Anita Dobson and Darren Day as Dolly and Cornelius, and gained some rather scathing reviews. If theatre gossip is to be heeded, it would seem Hello Dolly! will not be a welcome addition to the West End just yet.
Similarly, plans for the Lord’s next TV project are also under way as he intends to cast Dorothy and Toto for a revival of The Wizard of Oz. You may remember that an August 2008 revival of the show at the Royal Festival Hall came and went somewhat unnoticed, except by some rather disapproving critics.
Published: 08/01/2009 11:40:58