Nick Leshi

Nick Leshi
Bronx, New York, United States of America
December 13
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2010 4:37PM

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz

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Back Stage's Espresso blog and the ArtsBeat blog of The New York Times reported that Michael Crawford, the original Phantom of the Opera, has been cast in Andrew Lloyd Webber's upcoming musical theater remake of The Wizard of Oz

Before you freak out about yet another reimagined reboot of the L. Frank Baum classic, be aware that this will be based on the beloved movie starring Judy Garland with many of the famous songs from the film: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," "If I Only Had a Brain," and all the rest.  Webber will add original songs in some of the spots in the storyline that currently do not have any.  Sounds like it could be a promising production.

Previews will take place in February 2011 at the London Palladium.  According to ArtsBeat: "The production of L. Frank Baum’s classic tale will be directed by Jeremy Sams, choreographed by Arlene Phillips, with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, with additional music and lyrics by Mr. Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice."  Fan favorite Crawford will play the Wizard.

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Ooh! That's something to look forward to! Thanks.
Sounds like it could be wonderful.
Thanks for the preview.
That does sound promising. Perfect for his Webber treatment. It will be interesting to see what songs he comes up with. High hopes!
I love a remake! Thpe addition of new songs sounds great, remember all the good ones from"The Wiz?"
Wow! This will be awesome! Can't wait! Thanks!

I was horrified, as a small child, to discover that the movie was different from the books.

I was horrified as a grade schooler to discover that most of my friends had never heard of the books or if they had, it was only the first book.

I was horrified later on when I discovered that there were several movies and shows, including the Wiz which was quite different.

About the time I read the book Wicked, I realized that one of the wonders of OZ is the way that the stories can be told and retold, turned inside and out, generally fiddled with by every generation, and mostly stay quite good.
I'm actually looking forward to this too.