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Wizard of Oz Tempe Tickets

Wizard of Oz Tempe Tickets


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a world-renowned children's novel that was written in the early 20th century by American author Lyman Frank Baum with the wonderful illustrations by W.W. Denslow. As it turned out, the book was incredibly popular. Its acclaim encouraged the creation of a Broadway musical in 1902. In 1939, the book was adapted into a film. It also led to Baum writing an additional thirteen Oz-themed books. Now, Andrew Lloyd Webber has brought Broadway a new production of The Wizard of Oz. Weber created yet another adaptation of the timeless classic that has been completely reconceived for the stage by its award-winning creative team. Tempe audiences of all ages will have matinee and evening showings during the productions run from February 4, 2014- February 9, 2014 at the Arizona State University Gammage: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM and Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Tickets go on sale on August 19, 2013.


The musical, The Wizard of Oz, is based on the original story of Baum in its relation to the MGM film. That is, the new production of The Wizard of Oz is developed from the MGM screenplay. The story takes us to Kansas, the home of a young girl named Dorothy who lives with her auntie and uncle. Dorothy, and her little dog, Toto, found themselves caught in the middle of a cyclone. The cyclone takes both of them to the Land of Oz. It is in this new magical land where a confused Dorothy meets a motley cast of characters. The musical contains all of the recognizable songs from the motion picture's award-winning score. What is more is that it contains all of the endearing characters years of audiences have known and loved. At the same time, there are some new surprises and songs that are introduced by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


What is interesting about The Wizard of Oz is its popularity and long history of adaptions, spinoffs and revisions. When the Baum family moved to Chicago, he wrote and published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The book was published by George M. Hill Company and forecasted that there would only be about 250,000 copies sold. The book surprised publishers and the Baum family alike when it was met with an increasing popularity. After two years of its original press on May 17, 1900, it remained a bestseller. Over 50 years later, the book had 3 million copies in print. It has been suggested that the story's popularity found its way along the brick road in yellow-gold of success because of Fred R. Hamlin's (The Grand Opera House in Chicago) strong interest in making it into a stage production. On June 16, 1902, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz debuted as a musical stage production entitled (to the shortened version) The Wizard of Oz. While opening in Chicago, the musical moved to Broadway in 1903 and 1904 before hitting the road on tour in the United States of America. What is interesting is that the Wicked Witch of the West was not included in that stage production. Alas, she found her shinning role in the revisionist musical, Wicked: The Untold Stories of the Witches of Oz. It may have taken 100 years, but it happened. Along with a number of stories written by Baum to satiate audiences.


Audiences will join the cast depicting the Dorothy and Toto, Scarecrow, The Wizard, Tin Man, The Lion and both the witches. The touring cast consists of Danielle Wade (Dorothy), Cedric Smith (Professor Marvel/The Wizard), Mike Jackson (Hickory/Tin Man), Lee MacDougall (Zeke/Lion), Jamie McKnight (Hunk/Scarecrow), Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Miss Gulch/The Wicked Witch of the West) and Robin Evan Willis (Glinda). Many musical attendees might recognize Danielle Wade from the CBC television show "Over the Rainbow." Cedric Smith is a known actor, writer, composer and musician who had received the Earle Grey Lifetime Achievement Award. He has also been seen in television roles. Jacquelyn Piro Donovan has numerous Broadway credits. Interestingly, she is the only actor to play both Cosette and Fantine in Les Misérables on Broadway. Mike Jackson is credited for Broadway productions, US Tours and the Chicago stage. An Interesting tidbit about the seasoned Lee MacDougall is that he was in the original coast of Mamma Mia!. Robin Evan Willis, a graduated of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, has been an ensemble member of the Shaw Festival in Canada for many years. The principal cast would not be complete without Nigel, who was rescued from a Human Society in Northeast Arkansas. Like many Totos who came before Nigel, he was trained by Mr. Berloni and has even appeared in major motion pictures and seen on the television. The principal cast is joined by a magnificent ensemble cast that includes Larry Mannell (Uncle Henry/Ensemble), Charlotte Moore (Auntie Em/Ensemble), Jordan Bell (Ensemble), John Edwards (Ensemble), Kelly Grainger (Assistant Dance Captain/Flight Captain/ Swing), Julianne Hobby, Jason Huska, Zak Kearns, Ayrin Mackie, Anthony MacPherson, Stewart Adam McKensy, Julia McLellan, Briana Palmer, Kristen Pottle, Alana Randall, Adam Sergison, Andrew Taylor, Devon Tullcok, Jesse Weafer, Ryan Wilson and Alyson Workman.


Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production of The Wizard of Oz would not be made possible without the incredible creative team and producers. The creative team includes: Harold Arlen (1905-86),Music; Edgar Yipsel Harburg (1896-1981), Lyrics,; Herbert Stothart (1885-1949), Original Background Music, Andrew Lloyd Webber (also knighted in 1992), Producer, Additional Music and Adaptation; Eremy Sams, Director and Adaptation; Tim Rice, Additional Lyrics; Arlene Phillips, Choreographer; Robert Jones, Production Designer; Mick Potter, Sound Designer; and Hugh Vanstone, Lighting Designer.

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