Venue Details

450 Star Starred
Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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54 ratings
4.6 average rating
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Michael M. Landman-Karny Red Velvet
173 events
35 reviews
85 stars
attended Jul 17 2008

The production is very good but I was bothered by the almost slavish adaptation of the movie to stage. Rather than exploring theatrical ideas, the script of this production tries very hard to make the theatrical experience a cinematic one- thereby...continued

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Tina Gustin-Gurney
80 events
36 reviews
17 stars
attended Jul 20 2008

One of the worst directed pieces I have seen in a long time. When you play to the kids by trying to be silly and forgeting that you need to make it all real, disaster strikes. The Evil witch was more of Witchipoo from HR Puff N Stuff. The Lion...continued

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49 events
18 reviews
2 stars
attended Jul 12 2008

We loved the show. Our two 12 year old rent-a-kids liked it too. This production differ a bit from the movie by adding humor which kept the play very lively. Highly recommend it for both adults and kids.

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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.

About the Ticket Supplier: Musical Theatre West

Musical Theatre West is one of Southern California’s oldest and most respected regional musical theatre companies and draws more than 60,000 patrons to Long Beach’s Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Now in its 62nd season, Musical Theatre West is the fastest growing arts organization in Long Beach and is dedicated to preserving musical theatre as a unique American art form.