- 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
15th, May, 2010
Oz Blog: The Fantastic Four
The Beatles, Take That and our very own Dorothy’s – all good things come in four, but unfortunately all good things must come to an end. And come to an end they would – a sobering fact we were unnervingly aware of as we ‘eased on down the road’ to the Wembley Studios on Saturday night for the live semi-finals. With the FA Cup Final being played just a stones throw away from the studios we found ourselves battling through a raucous sea of football blue before we reached the reassuring glow of the Emerald City. There’s no place like home.
Wrist band on and in we go – but before we even make it into the studios proper we bump (quite literally) into Oscar winning lyricist Tim Rice! Our celebrity spotting senses had been aroused as we took our seats and settled in for a night of high drama, high notes and some high jinx from our celebrity judging panel. As Graham recorded a trail for next weeks live final and the Dorothy’s huddled their penultimate huddle we spot last weeks evictees Jess and Jenny surveying the audience from the balcony above.
After an energetic, crowd-pleasing and somewhat ironic rendition of Together Wherever We Go it was down to the main business of the evening. With the Lord urging the audience to look for something “real” in the girls’ performances it was our Welsh Dorothy who was to be first out of the blocks singing Reflection from the Disney classic Mulan. Hot on Sophie’s heels was London’s very own Steph – performing Take That’s Rule the World.
We were suitably impressed and so it would seem were the panel – with Charlotte proclaiming “two outstanding vocal performances.” West and East End star John Partridge lent forward, paused and announced Sophie’s “best performance to date” – and it seemed that even the Lord agreed Sophie had “turned the corner.” Team Sophie (who were sitting directly in front of us) were suitably pleased. But there was to be praise too for Steph, with John crowning her the competition’s only “triple threat.” It was clear from the first two performances that this was going to be a tense night. It was time to open the chocolate…
Next up was 22 year old Lauren and Manchester born Danielle who performed Bryan Adam’s Heaven and Whitney Houston’s When You Believe respectively.
Charlotte commented that Lauren was “incapable of giving a bad performance” but thought Danielle didn’t give her best performance, before finally concluding that her vocal was “spotless”. And after wishing her Nanna a happy 70th birthday (ahh bless) it was John’s turn – “unbeatable” was his verdict on Lauren and “even Diva’s have an off day” was his judgement on 18 year old Danielle. Sheila grappled with the interpretation of the songs while Andrew wondered whether Lauren could have brought more of a “sweetness” to her performance. There will still nothing to choose between them.
Next up – another handful of confectionary for us and a duet for our semi-finalists. Sophie and Steph comprised our first coalition of Dorothy’s – stepping out of a diamond encrusted (well sparkly at least!) bath to belt out the South Pacific anthem Wash that Man Right out of my Hair. Hot on their ruby slippers were Lauren and Danielle who performed Popular from the ever-popular musical Wicked. Several whoops, cheers and manic claps later the panel were ready to deliver their verdict on who they thought stood out from the Kansas coalitions. John went with Danielle but conceded that Sophie was continuing to “raise her game.” Of Danielle and Lauren, Charlotte urged our good Lord to “write a musical for them.” Sheila proclaimed Danielle’s “comedy gift” while the Lord fretted about the producers of Wicked snapping up Danielle and Steph! As the night went on it became clear that the competition was wide open.
And then to the Dorothy’s weekly task – another acting and dialect challenge. As we craned our necks upward to watch the VT on the large screen above the set we treated ourselves to yet more chocolate (by this time melted) and watched in awe as our final four performed the iconic scene where Dorothy asks The Good Witch how to get home to Kansas. To make things just that little bit more tense – our Dorothys were joined by the good Lord, who was moved to tears by Danielle’s vulnerable portrayal of the iconic character. The girls then clicked their heels together three times and magically appeared back in the studio to perform I Can’t Say No from Roger and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma. As they sung, danced and waved their Stetsons in front of the studio audience we sat wondering just who on earth would walk away with the Ruby Slippers next week. Lions and tigers and bears… it’s too close too call!