Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz

Ever Since L. Frank Baum took a look at his filing cabinet and dubbed his magical land "Oz," the adventures of Dorothy, the Wizard, and the crazy creatures that inhabit the magical land have been popular with audiences. It's moved through generations and interpretations, from the classic film musical version to the more recent meta-fictional Wicked. Andrew Lloyd Webber, creator of the likes of Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera (which will play across the river in Minneapolis later in December), gets into the game with a new version of the classic Wizard of Oz. The show, which lands at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for a December run, features classic tunes composed by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg that were included in the original film, along with new songs from Webber and his longtime creative partner, Tim Rice. Leading the production is Danielle Wade, who earned the role of Dorothy by winning a Canadian reality program. She is joined by more than two dozen additional performers, including Jay Brazeau as the Wizard and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch. The show has been on tour through the fall, following an extensive run in Toronto, so at the very least it should be road-tested by the time it arrives in St. Paul. How the half-dozen new songs penned by Webber and Rice will intersect with the likes of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is yet to be heard. No performance on Christmas. (Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann)
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: Dec. 4. Continues through Dec. 29, 2013

 
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