Posted by: grimmerie | 7 April 2009

Which old witch?

Okay, this did make me excited, even if it is Andrew Lloyd Webber at the helm. The Daily Mail reports that there’s yet another stage musical version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the works, but this one will be based on the MGM musical and hence already have a leg up on its rivals in that audiences are familiar with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and ruby slippers.

The bit that got me excited is as follows:

‘It doesn’t have an opening number; it doesn’t have a song for the witch,’ the lyricist told me, adding that even the poor old wizard doesn’t have a number of his own. ‘It’s missing what it needs to become an actual theatrical piece.’

Oh my. YES.

The article.


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