Thursday night my daughter and I had the chance to see opening night of "Wizard of Oz", the Broadway in Chicago production, which runs through May 11 at the Cadillac Palace Theater. She won tickets through a contest. If we hadn't won the tickets I probably would not have purchased them because, although I love the story, who hasn't seen this movie a thousand times?
I was wrong. This production is delightful, sweet and fun. Although I was familiar with the script, this talented cast brings each scene to life in a fresh way. While I don't recall many humorous lines in the movie, there were many laugh lines in this production and the cast seemed to have added some new funny moments. Even a bit of humor was added to the Wicked Witch's wickedness.
A few new songs add to the freshness. Written by the contemporary musical theater dynamic duo of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber ("Phantom of the Opera", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Evita"....the list goes on), these are beautiful songs that are well placed in the story. They enhance the character development and add to the scenes.
It's a great play for parents to bring small children to. It's a performance that the kids will enjoy as much as the adults; something the family can enjoy together. How many times do you find that to be true?
I highly recommend it!
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