Wizard of Oz Musical – Official Website

The Wizard of Oz Musical is an enchanting revision of the all-time classic. Starring Anthony Warlow, Lucy Durack and Jemma Rix.

Wizard of Oz Musical – Official Website Anthony Warlow AM Lucy Durack Jemma Rix Samantha Dodemaide Eli Cooper Alex Rathgeber John Xintavelonis

Creative Team

Harold Arlen


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Born and bred in New York, Harold Arlen began his career as an accompanist in vaudeville and appeared occasionally as a band vocalist on records, often signing his own compositions. During his career, he wrote over 500 songs, including ‘Get Happy’, ‘Let’s Fall in Love’ and ‘Stormy Weather’ (all with lyrics by Ted Koehler). He had a long and productive partnership with Johnny Mercer with many resulting hits, including ‘That Old Black Magic’, ‘Blues in the Night’ and ‘Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate-the-Positive’. Broadway musicals include Bloomer Girl, St Louis Woman, House of Flowers, Jamaica and Saratoga. Films include The Petty Girl, The Farmer Takes a Wife and Gay-Purree. With Ira Gershwin he wrote ‘The Man That Got Away’ for Judy Garland to sing in A Star Is Born. He won an Oscar for the song ‘Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz.

EY Harburg


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Edgar Yipsel Harburg, known as Yip Harburg, was an American popular song lyricist who worked with many of the most famous composers of the 20th century, including George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne and Burton Lane. His best-known songs, apart from those in The Wizard of Oz, include the perennial standards ‘Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?’, ‘April in Paris’ and ‘It’s Only Paper Moon’. Broadway musicals include Bloomer Girl, Finian’s Rainbow, Flahooley, Jamaica and Darling of the Day. Films include Gold Diggers of 1937, At the Circus, Cabin in the Sky and the animated film Gay-Purree. He won an Oscar for the song, ‘Over the Rainbow’ from The Wizard of Oz.

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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When Sunset Boulevard joined School Of Rock, Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera on Broadway this year,  Andrew Lloyd Webber became the only person to equal the record set in 1953 by Rodgers and Hammerstein with four Broadway shows running concurrently.   Other musicals he has composed include Aspects Of Love, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita and Love Never Dies. His production of School Of Rock is the first British musical to have world premiered on Broadway.   He has co-produced his own shows including Cats and The Phantom Of The Opera and as a solo producer he presented the groundbreaking Bombay Dreams which introduced the double Oscar winning Bollywood  composer AR Rahman to the Western stage. Other productions include the Olivier Award Winning Daisy Pulls It Off and La Bete, the record breaking Palladium production of The Sound Of Music and The Wizard of Oz. He owns seven West End Theatres including the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, the Palladium and most recently the St James which will reopen this year as The Other Palace and provide a unique London home for new musicals in development. He is passionate about the importance of music in education and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation has become one of Britain’s leading charities supporting the arts and music. His awards, both as composer and producer,  include seven Tonys,  seven Oliviers, a Golden Globe, an Oscar, the Praemium Imperiale, the Richard Rodgers Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre, a BASCA Fellowship, the Kennedy Center Honor and a Grammy for Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Requiem, his setting of the Latin Requiem mass which contains one of his best known compositions, Pie Jesu. He was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen in 1992 and created an honorary member of the House of Lords in 1997.

Tim Rice

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Tim Rice was born in 1944. He began songwriting in 1965 in which year the first song he wrote ‘That’s My Story’ (tune as well as words), was recorded by a rock group called The Nightshift whose career never recovered. That same year he met fellow budding songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber whose musical ambitions were in theatre rather than rock or pop. They teamed up and wrote four musicals together from 1965 to 1978. The first, The Likes of Us (1965-66), was performed for the first time in 2005 and became available on CD a mere 40 years after its creation. The other three, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1969-71) and Evita (1976-78) were more immediate successes. Feeling certain that they could never top this lot, the pair went their separate ways in the early 1980s, whereupon ALW immediately topped that lot with Cats. TR then wrote Blondel (1983), a mediaeval romp, with Stephen Oliver, which ran for a year in London (It was last revived professionally at the Pleasance Islington, in 2006). This was followed in 1986 by Chess, in collaboration with ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. Chess had a healthy run in the West End but flopped on Broadway in 1988, the New York Times bloke (since replaced) being particularly forceful in his disapproval. There have been countless productions worldwide since then, with wide variations in quality and indeed storyline. A notable recent production was in concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2008 starring Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal and Marti Pellow. A new production of Chess, directed by Craig Revel Horwood, is currently touring the UK. In 1989 Tim translated the famous French musical Starmania (by Michel Berger and Luc Plamondon) into English, which merely resulted in a hit album – in France. In the 1990s he worked primarily and happily with the Disney empire, contributing lyrics to the movies Aladdin (music by Alan Menken) and The Lion King (music Elton John and Hans Zimmer) and to the stage shows Beauty and the Beast and King David (both Alan Menken), The Lion King and Aida (both Sir Elton). Between Disney commitments he wrote the words for Sir Cliff Richard’s theatrical blockbuster Heathcliff (music John Farrar) which toured the UK in 1995-96. For Dreamworks, he and Sir Elton joined forces yet again to write the score for the 2000 animated film The Road to El Dorado. Tim is currently (a) producing, in partnership with Lee Menzies, From Here to Eternity, a brand-new musical written by Stuart Brayson, (b) writing and presenting a year-long Radio 2 series, American Pie, and (c) working on a show based on the life and times of Machiavelli. He has won a variety of awards, mainly for the wrong things, or simply turning up. These include a Star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, three Oscars, four Tonys, five or six Grammys and 13 Ivor Novellos. He is a trustee (former president) of the Marylebone Cricket Club and chairman of the UK charitable Foundation for Sports and the Arts. Tim lives in London, Cornwall and on the motorway between the two, has three children, his own cricket team and a knighthood. The first volume of his autobiography, Oh What a Circus, was published in September 1999. If his publishers ask, he is currently working on part 2, due out five years ago.

Herbert Stothart

Original Background Music

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Herbert Stothart was nominated for nine Oscars and won for Best Original Score for his work on the 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz. As a young man, he studied music in Europe and at the University of Wisconsin where he also taught. He worked as a musical director for Arthur Hammerstein and later began writing music for the producer’s nephew Oscar Hammerstein II, including some for the operetta Rose Marie. In 1929 he was signed to a contract by Louis B Mayer and spent the last 20 years of his life at MGM studios working on films including Rose Marie, A Night at the Opera, Anna Karenina, David Copperfield, Madame Curie, Idiot’s Delight, Northwest Passage, Mrs Miniver, Mutiny on the Bounty, National Velvet and What Every Woman Knows.