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Michael Crawford joins ‘Wizard of Oz’

Lloyd Webber reunites with Rice

LONDON — Michael Crawford will play the title role in “The Wizard of Oz” in the revival at the London Palladium produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The 68-year-old thesp, who created the title role in “The Phantom of the Opera,” last appeared on stage in London in Lloyd Webber’s flop “The Woman in White” in 2003.

Lloyd Webber has reunited with lyricist Tim Rice to add songs to the Harold Arlen-Yip Harburg score. Rice replaces previously announced lyricist Glenn Slater.

“The Wizard of Oz” is helmed by Jeremy Sams, designed by Robert Jones and choreographed by Arlene Phillips, the team behind Lloyd Webber’s hit revival of “The Sound of Music.”

Dorothy will be played by Danielle Hope, who won the BBC TV star search skein “Over the Rainbow.”

The show previews from Feb. 7 with a March 1 opening.

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