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The Wizard of Oz announced as Curve Leicester’s Christmas musical

Curve Leicester is to hold the regional premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz.


The production has been announced as the Made at Curve 2020 Christmas musical, running from November 28, 2020 through to January 16, 2021.

Based on the classic 1939 MGM film, The Wizard of Oz includes the iconic songs Somewhere Over The Rainbow, If I Only Had A Brain and Follow The Yellow Brick Road, as well as new music and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

The musical will be directed by Curve’s Artistic Director, Nikolai Foster, whose previous productions include West Side Story, White Christmas – which ran at Curve and in London’s West End – and Scrooge the Musical.

Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “It’s thrilling to be working with Andrew Lloyd Webber and his team on the regional premiere of Andrew’s extraordinary version of The Wizard of Oz.

“Christmas at Curve is always a special time, but feels even more magical this year as we bring these much loved characters to life in our spectacular Made at Curve production of this classic.”

The Wizard of Oz features music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice and is adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams from the Book by L. Frank Baum.

A synopsis from the Curve production teases:

Join the Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto as they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City in search of a way back home – but in the technicolour wonderland of Oz, nothing is quite as it seems!

The Wizard of Oz is directed by Nikolai Foster (West Side Story, White Christmas, Scrooge the Musical) and features a live orchestra playing music and songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, as well as the classics you know and love from the iconic MGM film.

“Rediscover the true meaning of home and the value of friendship this festive season at Curve!

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz at Curve will go on general sale on February 24 at 12PM.

For tickets and more information, visit www.curveonline.co.uk.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.