Wednesday, February 12, 2014

theatre review THE WIZARD OF OZ, National Tour, ASU/Gammage, February 4

Danielle Wade
For my complete Talkin' Broadway review of the National Tour of The Wizard of Oz that stopped at ASU/Gammage last week click on this link.

"The Wizard of Oz, probably the best loved family movie ever made, received a slightly updated stage production from none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber in London in 2011 and is now on a national tour across the US, playing in Tempe at ASU/Gammage through this Sunday. The show is a perfect musical for families and those who love the film, and the touring production has a very capable cast and excellent creative elements and is a nice way to hear the lovely songs from the film and experience the emotional connection the story of Dorothy and her trip to Oz once again.

The Wizard of Oz is a classic story and while there have been many recent adaptions of Baum's classic tale, none will ever top the achievements of the original 1939 film. The current national tour has a more than capable cast and phenomenal creative elements; even with somewhat uninspired choreography and a few added forgettable songs, the story of Dorothy and her journey to Oz is still thrilling, touching and extremely heartfelt.  The Wizard of Oz runs through February 9th at ASU Gammage located at 1200 S. Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 480 965-3434. For more information on the tour, visit

Photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann  

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