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Bridel eliminated in final vote

Kitchener’s AJ Bridel will not play Dorothy in the new Mirvish production of the Wizard of Oz. That honour went to Danielle Wade of LaSalle, Ontario, after viewer votes were tallied and the results announced on CBC’s final show of Over the Rainbow Monday night.

Bridel was chosen for the program from thousands of young women who auditioned for the role. She was an early favourite. Musical theatre producer Andrew Lloyd Weber said one of her first performances was outstanding, and has said all of the top three competitors would be welcome in his productions.

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