The Wizard of Oz … if it only had more hits

When I went: 20 May 2011

Music Owl Hoot rating: 3/5

Location: London Palladium, London

Performers: Danielle Hope (Dorothy), Michael Crawford (Wizard), Hannah Waddingham (Witch), David Ganly (Lion), Edward Baker-Duly (Tin Man), Paul Keating (Scarecrow)

Creative team: Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Tim Rice (lyrics), L Frank Baum (book), Jeremy Sams (director)

Approximate price: £50

Special points: New songs added

Best bit: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

If I could change one thing: More killer songs


The musical:

This musical is based on the 1939 film forever associated with Judy Garland and Technicolor. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice added new songs for the 2011 production.

This performance:

Danielle Hope took the lead role of Dorothy after winning the BBC show Over the Rainbow, and showed why with pitch-perfect acting and a wonderfully understated performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow early on in the show. The new song Red Shoes Blues, performed beautifully by Hannah Waddingham, was another highlight, as was the song Already Home. However, there were several moments in the show where I felt that the music was a bit lacking, and the story meandered slightly.

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