Georgina is Dorothy in Curve’s Wizard of Oz

Published: 24 September 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Georgina Onuorah who will play Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz

Georgina Onuorah will play Dorothy in Leicester Curve’s Christmas 2022 musical The Wizard of Oz.

She was part of the original cast of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, appearing as alternate Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. She made her stage debut as Alice in Dick Whittington at the National Theatre in 2020. In 2021 she was nominated for best recent graduate at the Black British Theatre Awards.

Onuorah said, “I’m so ecstatic to be playing such an iconic role this Christmas, and to explore such an outspoken, bold and brave character. Dorothy has a remarkably universal story and I hope every audience member will see themselves in the world we create.”

Curve will stage the regional première of the production which features new music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as well as songs from the original MGM film. The musical will be directed by Curve’s artistic director Nikolai Foster.

Choreography will be by Shay Barclay, with set design by Colin Richmond. Costume and puppet design will be by Rachael Canning and projection designs by Douglas O’Connell. George Dyer will be musical director.

Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and Foster said, “we live for the moment when an actor walks into an audition and blows the roof off the room with their voice, vision and ideas for a role. Georgina did exactly that and set out a compelling vision for her Dorothy.

“Listening to Georgina’s heart-wrenching rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ is worth the price of admission alone! Georgina leads an incredible company and we’re proud to introduce her to audiences here in Leicester as we prepare to journey up the fantastic yellow brick road together.”

The Wizard of Oz will run from Saturday 19 November until Sunday 8 January.

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