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Over the Rainbow Audtions Begin

Andrew Lloyd Webber is searching for the perfect Dorothy for his West End production of The Wizard of Oz, and the BBC has begun airing episodes of the Over the Rainbow audition show.
London's Daily Mail reports, "A glamour model, a mother of twins and an Irish dancing champion are among the final 20 potential Dorothys selected for TV talent show Over The Rainbow. The 20 were selected by judges Sheila Hancock, Charlotte Church and John Partridge to compete for the chance to play Judy Garland's iconic character in a new West End production of The Wizard Of Oz.
Over 9,000 wannabe stars auditioned in Glasgow, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester and London in January, before they were whittled down again to 54 to become the first to audition at 'Dorothy Farm'."

"The contestants hope to become the next Dorothy On Saturday's show, 20 will become ten as all contestants participate in a studio-based 'sing off' judged by the panel and Andrew Lloyd Webber - who will be giving his opinion on the women for the first time. The final ten will then be whittled down further over the coming weeks during live studio shows, with viewers being given the chance to vote for their favourite. Lord Webber said: 'I would like to bring something new to The Wizard Of Oz. I'm searching for a modern Dorothy, who can take the role much further, and continue to appeal to a wide audience. The film worked fantastically, but we need some new songs for the stage show in addition to the much-loved originals from the movie. Over The Rainbow is of course one of the greatest songs ever written.'"

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