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Musical Review

Thursday, 19 June, 2014 2:41 PM

'The Wizard of Oz' is recommended despite differences from the film

Photo ©Cylla Von Tiedemann

Danielle Wade as Dorothy and Robin Evan Willis as Glinda in the original Toronto cast of "The Wizard of Oz."

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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DETROIT -- The new stage adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz" is playing at the Detroit Opera House from June 17-29, 2014. This all-time classic features new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. During the performance, the audience encounters smoke, haze, strobe light effects and loud noises.
In the beginning, Auntie Em (Chelsea Duplak) and Uncle Henry (Larry Herbert) are singing their lines. There are several differences between the original 1939 movie and this live performance.

One is, as Dorothy (Danielle Wade) is running away and stops by to see Professor Marvel (Jay Brazeau). He shows her a black and white slide show of the Wonders of the World. When the storm is approaching, that is when Professor Marvel tells Dorothy to go home.

Second, as the house fell on the wicked witch, Glinda, (Robin Evan Willis), the good witch of the North, announces "You are the munchkin's national hero." The munchkins, I thought, were a little taller than in the movie. Actually, they weren't midgets at all.

I loved Glinda's sparkly gown. The costume was made with Swarovski elements. It was gorgeous.

Third, when Dorothy and the Scarecrow meet the lion, Scarecrow says "I've got an idea---now it's gone." (referring
to his absence of a brain)

Fourth, when Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Lion run through the poppy field, the lion lays on the poppies and says "the lion sleeps tonight." Then it starts snowing, and the lion adds, "I'm a lion in winter."

Fifth, there was a dance number when they arrived at the Merry Ole Land of Oz. Dorothy changes her costume and was dressed in green. The wicked witch was in the audience telling the ensemble on the stage to "Surrender Dorothy!"

Act two began when the wicked witch sang a song called "Red Shoes Blues" in which she claims she wants Dorothy shoeless.

Sixth, as Dorothy and company walk throughout he scary forest, a flying monkey whisks Dorothy to the witch's castle. The witch replies "My slippers are coming."
The seventh difference was when Dorothy was locked in a room in the witch's castle. There was a clock counting down the time instead of the hourglass as in the movie.

Lastly, when Dorothy is finally home and in her bed, she gets up and pulls out her red ruby slippers out of her closet. Rediscover the journey to the land of Oz as I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance.

There was a 15-minute intermission during the two acts.

The Detroit Opera House is located at 1526 Broadway St. in Detroit. Ticket prices range from $24-$79 at all Ticketmaster locations or by phone 1-800-982-2787.

OVERALL RATING: A

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Photo ©Cylla Von Tiedemann

Danielle Wade as Dorothy, Jamie McKnight as Scarecrow, Lee MacDougall as Lion, Mike Jackson as Tin Man

 

Photo ©Cylla Von Tiedemann

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West

 

 

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