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Carpenter Performing Arts Center, CSULB
6200 Atherton Street Long Beach, CA 90815
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22 reviews
4 stars
Try the Fish Company in Los Alamitos. No reservations but worth the wait.
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36 events
28 reviews
84 stars
$5 for the lot in front, but some street park and walk
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"The Wizard of Oz"
54 ratings
4.6 average rating
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Michael M. Landman-Karny Red Velvet
192 events
35 reviews
121 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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3 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 17 2008

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)...continued

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Tina Gustin-Gurney
82 events
38 reviews
24 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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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.