- Aspects of Love
- Bombay Dreams
- By Jeeves
- Jesus Christ Superstar
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Love Never Dies
- Song and Dance
- Starlight Express
- Stephen ward
- Sunset Boulevard
- Tell Me on a Sunday
- The Beautiful Game
- The Likes of Us
- The Phantom of the Opera
- The Sound of Music
The Wizard of Oz
- Danielle Wade wins CBC’s Over The Rainbow
- Wizard of Oz nominated in 2012 Olivier Awards
- There’s NOSE place like home
- Royal Variety Performance broadcast
- Andrew Lloyd Webber to greet the Royal Party at this year’s Royal Variety Performance
- Over The Rainbow…Where Are They Now?
- We’re off to see the Wizard – and it’s Michael Crawford!
- Andrew visits Cardiff for a special announcement about Sophie Evans
- Oz Blog: The winner is revealed
- The last Dorothy mission….
- Oz Blog: The Final Countdown
- Danielle you are Dorothy… and here comes Dangerous Dave as Toto!
- Danielle, Lauren and Sophie have a go at Polo!
- The winning Dorothy to release charity single
- Sierra meets the Dorothys!
- Oz: Blog: Andrew makes his final choice and the final three are revealed
- Oz Blog: The Fantastic Four
- Andrew meets Bobby…
- Oz Blog: The second sing-off
- Oz Blog: A Dorothy Cull…
- We’re off to see The Wizard of Oz!
- From Nancy to Dorothy: A message from Sam and Niamh
- Oz Blog: An Emotional Goodbye
- Oz Blog: An audience with the Lord
- Andrew and the Dorothys get ready for their close up…
- An Over the Rainbow update from Andrew
- Andrew gets ready for next week’s Over The Rainbow
- It’s Toto time for Andrew…
- Oz Blog: Standing ovations as we say another goodbye
- Oz Blog: A chorus of Angels…
- Oz Blog: Another sad goodbye…
- Behind the scenes at Over The Rainbow
- Oz Blog: Making a Song and Dance
- Oz Blog: It’s goodbye to another of our Dorothies…
- Oz Blog: A Class Act
- Oz Blog: The first Dorothy flies over the rainbow
- Oz Blog: The first live show… and the public get to choose
- Oz Blog: 20 become 10…
- Oz Blog: Over The Rainbow kicks off with weekend special
- BBC ONE Follows the Yellow Brick Road, Over the Rainbow
- Andrew in Manchester
- Andrew begins his search for Dorothy
- Could you be Dorothy?
- The Woman in White
- Whistle Down the Wind
30th, March, 2010
Oz Blog: Over The Rainbow kicks off with weekend special
A farm full of would-be-Dorothys, a new panel of judges, and Graham Norton welcoming “the Lord” back to his Saturday night TV throne – this weekend saw Andrew begin the search to find a Dorothy for his upcoming West End production of The Wizard of Oz. The show kicked off with a two-part special, all Emerald green t-shirts and sparkle – but the next seven weeks are, as Andrew himself said, “going to be difficult, tough, sometimes heartbreaking.”
We got a glimpse into some of the heartbreak in Friday night’s opening episode as West End casting director David Grindrod took charge of the regional auditions. Approximately 9,000 girls from around the country auditioned – in some cases, in front of Andrew himself. We saw Andrew arrive at the snowy Glasgow auditions to the strains of The Phantom of the Opera overture. “The Lord,” Graham said, “is back.”
Of the thousands of girls, 110 were selected for the London call-backs and it was then, at the Hackney Empire theatre, that we got our first glimpse of new panellists Sheila Hancock and John Partridge in action. And if the would-be Dorothys were expecting an easy ride they would have been disappointed: “If they can’t deal with [the auditions], they shouldn’t be here,” said Sheila.
Andrew, on a quick visit to the Hackney Empire, took some time out to tell Graham (and us) what he’s looking for. “We want someone with a contemporary edge… someone rebellious, but with charm.” Charmers onstage included glamour girl Amy; Sarah, who confessed to not having perfect pitch and brought her recorder to help find it; and cousins Stephanie and Gemma from Liverpool, who insisted that there would be no problem should only one of them go through to the next round.
So, 50 girls from the London call-backs were selected to go forward to Dorothy Farm, where they were put through their singing, dancing and acting paces… in a barn. But what’s that? The panel had a sleepless night following the London auditions and chose an additional four girls to join the final group. As Graham said earlier in the show, “at this rate we’ll need Dorothy Ranch.”
Then the final 54 were whittled down even further as third new panellist Charlotte Church joined Sheila and John to select the 20 that went on to perform in front of a live audience. Charlotte, as befitting her Voice of an Angel status, wanted to hear the girls sing – “find your honeypot,” she said. Meanwhile, Sheila was looking at the girls’ acting skills – “there’s not many lions in this room!” – and John helped out with the choreography.
But it was down to Charlotte to indicate, by tapping on the shoulder, who was in and who was out. Liverpudlian Gemma didn’t make the final 20 but her cousin Stephanie did, as did Amy and recorder-playing Sarah.
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