I even wore my ruby slippers and was all set for a lovely evening.
The Wizard of Oz is such a classic and beloved story that I was a bit apprehensive when I saw that some new musical numbers had been added to the show (even though those numbers are written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, who clearly know their way around musical theater).
I didn’t need to worry at all! The new musical numbers enhanced the storytelling and gave characters like the phenomenal Wicked Witch of the West more room to flex their signing and dancing muscles.
The sets and visual effects, particularly in twister scenes and the Wizard of Oz’s palace, are incredible! The show reminded me a bit of the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” movie in terms of scariness level. There’s enough mature content to be just this side of frightening at certain moments.
The cast is fantastic and I loved the camaraderie and silliness of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Lion. Bottom line is this show is a refreshed look at the classic movie that has all the elements you’ve always loved about “The Wizard of Oz,” with enough new elements to make it truly engaging and attention-grabbing.
“The Wizard of Oz” kicked off its national tour here in Cleveland on Tuesday and is only in town until Sunday, December 6. Tickets range from $10 to $80 and are still available online. There are matinee and evening performances on Saturday, December 5 and Sunday, December 6.
For a wonderful journey over the rainbow, get to Playhouse Square before Sunday!
***Disclosure: I was invited by Playhouse Square to attend “The Wizard of Oz” with two complimentary tickets. As always, all opinion are 100% my own.***