PHOTO CALL: Danielle Wade Stars in Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz in Toronto

By Krissie Fullerton
January 13, 2013

Danielle Wade, winner of CBC-TV's "Over The Rainbow", stars in the new Canadian production of London's popular The Wizard of Oz, featuring the classic movie score punctuated with new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The production opens Jan. 13 in Toronto following previews that began Dec. 20.

Playing opposite Wade (who recently completed her second year in acting at the University of Windsor) is Gemini Award winner, film and theatre veteran Cedric Smith as the Wizard.

Lisa Horner, star of Shaw and Stratford productions and best known for her role as Claire in the Fringe hit My Mother's Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding, plays the Wicked Witch. Actor and choreographer Mike Jackson plays the Tin Man. Lee MacDougall (Mamma Mia! and a Dora Award winner for his play High Life) plays the Lion. Jamie McKnight, known for his performance in The Producers (and as one of the Canadian Tenors), plays the Scarecrow. Robin Evan Willis, star of many Shaw Festival productions, plays Glinda.

The ensemble includes Larry Mannell as Uncle Henry, Charlotte Moore as Aunt Em, Jordan Bell, Eric Coles, Sam DiGiuseppe, Chelsey Duplak, John Edwards, Kelly Grainger, Sarah Higgins, Julianne Hobby, Jason Huska, Zak Kearns, Ayrin Mackie, Anthony MacPherson, Stewart Adam McKensy, Julia McLellan, Kristen Pottle, Alana Randall, Adam Sergison, Sarah Slywchuk, Andrew Taylor, Jesse Weafer, Cleopatra Williams, Ryan Wilson and Alyson Workman.

Here's a look at the production:

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Danielle Wade, Jamie McKnight, Lee MacDougall and Mike Jackson
Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann


The musical is developed from the M-G-M screenplay, and includes "all the beloved songs" by Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg. Expect "We're Off the See the Wizard," "Over the Rainbow," "If I Only Had a Brain/Heart/Nerve" and more.

For tickets and information, visit mirvish.com.