Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion Announced for The Wizard of Oz Musical
Tour Dates for Melbourne and Adelaide added
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Producers John Frost and Suzanne Jones have announced additional key cast members for the upcoming Australian tour of the world’s favourite musical, The Wizard of Oz as well as dates for it to play Melbourne and Adelaide in 2018.
Eli Cooper (Grease, Matilda) will play the role of the Scarecrow, Alex Rathgeber (Anything Goes, The Phantom of the Opera) will play the Tin Man, and John Xintavelonis (The Lion King, Billy Elliot) will play the Lion.
The ensemble cast includes Paul Hanlon as Uncle Henry and Sophie Weiss as Auntie Em, alongside Justin Anderson, Sheridan Anderson, Lewis Beer, Shay Debney, Sage Douglas, Mikey Halcrow, Zoe Ioannou, Bree Langridge, Rubin Matters, Scott Morris, Justine Puy, Michael Roache, Mitchell Roberts, Emma Russell, Dean Schulz, Darren Tyler, Caleb Vines, Stephanie Wall and Rachael Ward.
The principal cast members already announced are Anthony Warlow as The Wizard and Professor Marvel, Lucy Durack as Glinda the Good Witch and Jemma Rix as The Wicked Witch of the West. Rising star Samantha Dodemaide will play the coveted role of Dorothy, her first leading role in a major musical.
The Wizard of Oz will tour to Adelaide from 3 April 2018, playing at the Festival Theatre, and to Melbourne from 15 May at the Regent Theatre. Fans in these cities can waitlist now at wizardofozthemusical.com to be the first in line to purchase tickets.
“We’re thrilled with our superb cast led by Anthony, Lucy and Jemma, and the wonderful Samantha Dodemaide will make a perfect Dorothy,” said John Frost. “I’m sure audiences can’t wait to travel the yellow brick road and return to Oz, and the classic story that’s universally loved. This beautiful, sumptuous production was a huge hit in London and the US, and audiences adored the new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”
“The demand for tickets in Brisbane and Sydney has been huge, and we’re very happy to add Adelaide and Melbourne to the tour,” added Suzanne Jones. “I’m looking forward to taking this wonderful new version of The Wizard of Oz nationwide.”
The London Palladium production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz will have its Australian Premiere in Brisbane at the Lyric Theatre, QPAC from 4 November before travelling to the Capitol Theatre, Sydney from 30 December; the Festival Theatre, Adelaide from 3 April; and the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, from 15 May.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Lyric Theatre, QPAC
From 4 November
Bookings: qpac.com.au or 136 246, Groups 12+ call 07 3840 7466
From 30 December
Bookings: ticketmaster.com.au or 1300 795 267, Groups 12+ call 1300 889 278
Festival Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre
From 3 April 2018
Bookings: bass.net.au or 131 246, Groups 12+ 08 8205 2220 – TICKETS ON SALE FROM 8 SEPTEMBER
From 15 May 2018
Waitlist now at wizardofozthemusical.com