Oz in the News 1.14.12

Give your dog a make-over fit for a West End star  “At UrbanPup.com we wanted to ensure that Dorothy Gale and her ruby slippers weren’t the only bling on the stage so we created a truly stunning emerald green Swarovski collar and lead set especially for Toto, who is played by one of four West Highland Terriers in the show. “The collar and lead set make their first appearance on stage as Dorothy, the Tin Man, Lion, Scarecrow and of course, Toto, make their way to the glittering, Emerald City, in suitably stunning outfits.”

Michael Crawford & Danielle Hope to Depart UK WIZARD OF OZ Feb. 5  It’s now official that both Michael Crawford and Danielle Hope will both depart the West End production of THE WIZARD OF OZ on February 5, 2012. Both have been with the show since the beginning, and audiences had been following the yellow brick road over the rainbow to see Crawford (as the Wizard) and Danielle Hope (as Dorothy), winner of BBC TV’s Over the Rainbow, at The London Palladium. The show began previews in early February of 2011 and opened in March of 2011 to great reviews. No replacements have yet been announced for either role.

Wizard of Oz performance halted after hitch  Kathryn Hearn, from St Albans, who attended the performance said: “The show had got to where the hurricane comes and then the curtain shut. “They said they had technical problems and they would have a short break while they tried to fix it. “But half an hour later, Michael Crawford came out saying that, as it was a technical show, they could not go on without compromising safety. He was quite emotional and seemed to be on the verge of tears.” Crawford remarked that he was upset because his guest in the audience that night was his Some Mother’s Do ‘Ave ‘Em co-star Michele Dotrice, who played Betty Spencer. “There were women crying in the toilets because Michael Crawford is only in the show until 5 February so they were worried they wouldn’t be able to see him again,” Mrs Hearn added.

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