Oz in the News 2.3.16

111018The Woodsman Returns to New York at New World Stages  The Woodsman, a drama inspired by the backstory of L. Frank Baum’s famous Tin Man character, is now in performances at New World Stages. Written by James Ortiz and directed by Ortiz and Claire Karpen, the play, which features music by Edward W. Hardy and lyrics by Jennifer Loring, tells the story of the lonely Tin Woodsman of Oz, who must embark on a journey to protect the love of his life from the evil Wicked Witch of the East.

Mark Curry to join the cast of Wicked as The Wizard  WICKED, the West End musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, has announced that the actor and presenter Mark Curry will play The Wizard from 25th March 2016 at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. Tom McGowan will play his final performance as The Wizard on 12 thMarch 2016. From 14th-24th March 2016, the role will be played by Sean Kearns. Mark Curry has enjoyed a long and successful career as both an actor and popular television and radio presenter. He is still best remembered by many for Blue Peter, which he co-hosted alongside Caron Keating and Yvette Fielding from 1986 to 1990. His many recent theatre appearances include: ‘Dr. Armstrong’ and subsequently ‘Rogers’ in Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (UK Tour); ‘Richard Willey MP’ in Ray Cooney’s Out of Order (The Mill at Sonning); ‘Andre Cassell’ in Victor/Victoria (Southwark Playhouse); ‘Larry’ in Company (Southwark Playhouse); ‘The Narrator’ in The Rocky Horror Show (UK Tour) and ‘The Compere’ in Victoria Wood’s Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory).

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