The Wizard of Oz: Musical Theatre West Presents Timeless Story Live on Stage
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The last date listed for The Wizard of Oz was Sunday July 27, 2008 / 2:00pm.
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Join acclaimed actor of stage and screen John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun, Dexter) for a touching and humorous tribute to the power of storytelling in the autobiographical one-man show Stories by Heart. Interspersing his own journey as an actor with two classic stories that were read to him as a child, the Tony-, Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor gives a tour de force performance, inhabiting a dozen characters with zany abandon. In P.G. Wodehouse's "Uncle Fred Flits By," a fretful young Englishman is taken on a wild afternoon's escapade in suburban London by his irrepressible uncle. Ring Lardner's "Haircut" is a darkly comic yarn told by a gossipy barber in small-town Michigan. Learn More
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Featured review from Wayne Manous
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I was not satisfied with my random seat assignment (Row Q, Seat 1, on the left side of the auditorium).
When looking at the stage, set elements upstage (in the back of the stage) were not visible from the middle to the far left (Stage Right) side of the stage.
Also, set elements in the far left middle of the stage also were not entirely visible.
Just prior to intermission, I moved to the top row, about 8 seats inward and stood for the remainder of Act I. The view was better. After intermission, I moved to Row O Seat 17 and the entire set came into view and I was happy.
A girl. A twister. A pair of ruby slippers. Before there was Wicked there was a timeless tale of a Kansas farm girl trying to find her way home. There is no place like the Richard and Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, which will be transformed by Musical Theatre West into the mystical Land of Oz. With a click of your heels and a sprinkle of musical theater magic you’ll be swept away on a bewitching adventure down the Yellow Brick Road.
Musical Theatre West will present The Wizard of Oz live onstage, and will feature the elaborate sets and costumes from the Madison Square Garden production.
Deidre Haren will star as Dorothy Gale, the Kansas farm girl who is carried away to the land of Oz and follows the Yellow Brick Road to find her way home. Also starring in The Wizard of Oz are John Bisom as the Scarecrow (MTW’s The Full Monty, The Thing About Men and Jesus Christ Superstar), John Massey, Jr. as the Cowardly Lion (MTW’s All Shook Up, The Full Monty and Guys and Dolls), and Todd Nielsen as the Tin Man.