Sophie expresses her excitement as Des O’Connor takes over as The Wizard
Comedy veteran Des O’Connor will take over the role of The Wizard in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, it was announced today. 80-year-old O’Connor will replace Russell Grant who fulfilled the role for three months following Michael Crawford’s departure from the principal role.
He will play alongside Over the Rainbow’s Sophie Evans as Dorothy, starting from May 22nd. In response to the announcement, Evans said, “I am SO excited! He’s SUCH a gentleman. He’s really nice. I can’t wait. It’s going to change it up again. It keeps it exciting.”
O’Connor is set to be the oldest Wizard yet with Michael aged 70 and Russell aged 61. Evans added: “Age is a big thing. And I hear he has got a really lovely singing voice! I can’t wait to hear him sing ‘Wonders of the World.’” Evans said she is looking forward to playing alongside a new style of Wizard, saying Russell’s was playful and Michael’s was classic.
The announcement of O’Connor’ arrival has put to bed rumours that the show is due to close.