A-Z Dogs in The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium

It is a delight for A-Z Dogs to be involved in The Wizard of Oz at The London Palladium. Always a privilege to work along side hugely talented artists and a highly experienced technical team, this is a particularly special assignment. This new stage musical of The Wizard of Oz, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Bill Kenwright, is jaw-dropping in its performances, music, choreography and design. The creative and technical staging of the The Wizard of Oz the Musical is cutting edge in every respect and as such, requires special dogs to play the role of Toto. A-Z Dogs has cast and trained four dogs, Dazzle, Razz, Topper and Bobby, to share this iconic canine role. Each Toto brings his own distinct personality and tempo to the role with the common denominator being that all the dogs have a warm, friendly and outgoing personality with a keen intellect! West Highland Terriers are clever little dogs, full of vim and verve!

The dog who was cast in the classic 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz was a brindle Cairn Terrier named Terry. Cairns, in my experience, are much more a “one person dog" than Westies. Within the context of producing a film, a Cairn could make sense but perhaps not so in a theatrical stage production. Because The Wizard of Oz The Musical is a live-theatre technically advanced collaborative piece, with a large on-stage cast and off-stage technical team, it is essential that the dog playing Toto is a “people person” - friendly to all and pleased to see everybody. Westies are therefore the perfect choice. See here for more details about The Wizard of Oz http://www.wizardofozthemusical.com/