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Wednesday, 27 January, 2010 10:38 PM

Peter Gosik to star as the Tin Man in the 'Wizard of Oz' at the Fisher Theatre

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Peter Gosik will star as the Tin Man in the "Wizard of Oz" at the Fox Theatre from Jan. 29 to Feb. 14, 2010.

by Jason Rzucidlo


DETROIT -- Peter Gosik is an actor in the upcoming "Wizard of Oz" musical that opens at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit on Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 14. He attended the University of Michigan and received a bachelor of fine arts degree. Gosik starred in musicals such as "Little Shop of Horrors," "Forever Plaid," "Sweet Charity," and "The Family." Now, he is touring the country as one of the stars in the "Wizard of Oz" musical. It will celebrate the iconic 1939 MGM film with all of the characters including Dorothy, Toto, the Cowardly Lion, Scarecrow and the Tin Man.

"In short, I'm a gentleman made out of tin who meets Dorothy and follows her along the yellow brick road," said Peter Gosik in a phone interview. "I'm on a quest to find my heart."

The actor said the "Wizard of Oz" musical is pretty similar to the iconic film, but there are a few differences.

"I think we keep all the best parts of the film and I really think we stay true to the spirit of the movie and the original work," Gosik added. "I think we sort of add what we can only get in one theatre. There are certainly parts in the show that are in the movie. There's a fantastic dance troupe called the jitterbug, which features the entire company of the show dancing our hearts out up on stage. It's actually based on part of the movie that was cut from the original film. It's something that even the most diehard 'Wizard of Oz' fans haven't seen before."

This will be a homecoming engagement for Gosik who attended the University of Michigan for theatre.

"I am thrilled to be coming home to Michigan," the actor said. "My four years at the university were probably the best four years of my life. I do miss it. I'm thrilled to be coming back and seeing my old friends who are still at the university. My parents moved to Novi, Mich. this past spring. So I get to see my family as well. It's going to be a wonderful homecoming I think."

He had to go through four auditions to get the role of the Tin Man in the musical.

"For this show in particular, I had an audition in March of '08 where I originally got called in for the scarecrow, but when I got the audition, the director said he thought I was too tall to play the scarecrow," Gosik said. "So he wanted me to read for the Tin Man instead so I did that. I had a callback. This past June, they called me again, I had another audition and callback."

The actor has starred in several plays and musicals, but which did he enjoy the most?

"My favorite thing I got to do was when I played Franken Furter in the 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' my senor year." Gosik responded. "That was a whole lot of fun. A little bit different from the 'Wizard of Oz,' but it's nice to play all sorts of different parts to stretch yourself I think."

He will also star as a farm hand at the beginning and end of the performance.

"The three friends as we call them, the scarecrow, the tin man and the lion, at the beginning and end of the show, we also play farm hands on the farm where Dorothy Gale lives with her aunt and uncle," Gosik added. "At the beginning of the show, I am Hickory the Farm Hand and then when Dorothy goes to Oz, the three of us are reincarnated as those other characters."

The Actor has been touring the country with this musical in cities such as Wister, Mass., Hershey, Penn., Lexington, Kent., Knoxville, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., Ontario, Canada. "Despite going to the university, we always wanted to take a road trip to Canada," he said. "But never made it so I'm glad I did get to."

Gosik said he would be interested in starring in a film that was shot in Michigan, due to the state's 42 percent tax incentive for the film industry. "If I had the opportunity to do a film, I'd certainly jump at it, especially if I had a chance to go back to Michigan," the actor responded.

He offered some advice to students who are graduating in theatre and may be looking for their first job.

"It's so important to stay positive first of all," the actor said. "It's such a hard industry. One thing they always tell us 'I think you have to live it before you can do it.' Whenever you don't get something, it's not because of you, it's because you weren't what they wanted at that particular time. You just have to always have faith in yourself and know that you're doing what you want to do. It's not going to be easy but you have to keep working for it."

Gosik hasn't made any plans for what he's doing to do after the musical ends.

"I'm excited to go back to the city, although I'll definitely miss the tour," he answered. "I don't have any solid plans in the works, but you always have your fillers out there for the next big thing."

The actor said the "Wizard of Oz" musical is a fantastic show for the young and the old. Gosik encouraged everyone to come out and see it during its run.

Ticket prices for the Detroit engagement of Wizard of Oz range from $24.00-$79.00 (inclusive of parking and facility fees) and are now on sale at the Fisher Theatre box office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available for purchase online at or, and by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787. Limited premium seats will be available at the box office only. For group sales (12 or more) please call (313) 871-1132 or visit

Click here to visit the official website of the "Wizard of Oz" musical in Detroit.


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The entire cast of the "Wizard of Oz" musical.




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