The Wizard Of Oz

Following on from the successes of How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, I’d Do Anything and Any Dream Will Do, the BBC have comissioned a new show for BBC One called The Wizard Of Oz which will search for Dorothy and Toto for the forthcoming Andrew Lloyd Webber West End production.

Obviously, they couldn’t be bothered thinking of an alternative name like ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ or ‘Yellow Brick Road’… or even ‘Fly My Pretties!’.

Anyway, The Wizard Of Oz will see Graham Norton reunited with Andrew Lloyd Webber. Which is nice.

Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “Our previous musical talent searches have provided an incredible shot in the arm for musical theatre in Britain and I can’t wait to work with the BBC again in the hunt for Dorothy – an iconic role of course made famous by a young Judy Garland in the film in 1939, but, as a cat man myself, however, I approach casting Toto with considerable trepidation.”

Jay Hunt, controller at the Beeb said: “The Wizard Of Oz is one of the great musicals and I am sure BBC One audiences will delight in having a front row seat in the casting of a new musical star.”

The search for Dorothy will begin with auditions in several UK cities in early 2010. The judges are yet to be announced and the show will transmit in 2010 and as ever, between those on the show and us chumps at home, we’ll get to decide who gets to dance around to ‘Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead’.

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