Oz in the News 1.5.18

Celebrities walk the yellow brick road It was the first red carpet event of the year, only it wasn’t red. Appropriately for the opening night of The Wizard Of Oz, producers organised a one-off yellow brick road carpet at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre. Stars of film, television and the stage flocked to the theatre to be among the first in town to see the musical production that is based on the 1939 movie classic with five new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber. “It is colourful, it is loud, it is brash, it is wonderful, warm and funny,” producer John Frost said of the show. “It has got all of those things and I think it is an appropriate time for it to return to Sydney.” The production, which was first staged at the London Palladium in 2011, sees an all-star musical cast in lead roles. Samantha Dodemaide is Dorothy, while Lucy Durack plays Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix is The Wicked Witch of the West.

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