On Aug. 18, 2013 Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new stage version of The Wizard of Oz will end its run at the Mirvish Theatre in Toronto before embarking on a North American tour. This new stage adaptation is headed by Danielle Wade (as Dorothy), who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV’s reality show “Over The Rainbow,” launches Sept. 10 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV.
Starring opposite Wade are Canadian actor Cedric Smith as the Wizard, Mike Jackson (Chicago) as the Tin Man, Lee MacDougall (Mamma Mia! in Toronto and the U.S. tour) as the Lion, Jamie McKnight (The Producers in Toronto) as the Scarecrow, Robin Evan Willis (Shaw Festival) as Glinda and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan(Les Miz, Miss Saigon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Closer Than Ever) as the Wicked Witch of the West.
On January 14, 2013 ABC-TV’s Good Morning America broadcast a performance of the Yip Harburg-Harold Arlen classic “Over the Rainbow” by students from Newtown, Connecticut, the scene of the Dec. 14, 2012 shooting tragedy.
We are thinking of you.
“Why, oh why can’t I?”
– E. Y. “Yip” Harburg