I was provided tickets to attend The Wizard of Oz in Seattle to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.
Get ready to revisit the land of Lions, and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is now being performed at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle from Oct 9th-13th. I attended opening night and was highly entertained by this delightful Broadway show. The music, the dancing, the choreography, the stage effects; everything came together to bring an experience that both kids and adults of all ages will love.
Throughout the play I was amazed at the synergy between the cast members. It demonstrated just how much work and dedication these actors put into the production of the play. Danielle Wade did a fantastic job in the role Dorothy. She was able to drive the story so elegantly and has such a lovely voice which brought every song to life. But I have to say that it was Mike Jackson, Lee MacDougall, and Jamie McKnight and their portrayals of the Tin Man, Lion, and Scarecrow (respectively) that really struck me. The way the their dialogue was set and their interactions with each other was akin to the three stooges, it showed them acting as a family, bickering, teasing and encouraging each other throughout the play. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue used by the trio, the use of funny one-liners was awesome, and really modernized the dialogue.
For our resident witches we had Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West and Robin Evan Willis as Glinda. Both played their respective characters with great skill and poise. I particularly enjoyed Jacquelyn Piro Donovan’s evil laugh. I’m a sucker for evil laughs so I thought she did it flawlessly. Considering that the laugh is one of the wicked witch’s signature traits, she really got it down. Robin Evan Willis’ Glinda portrayal was also on the ball. She created a believable nonchalant and aloof personality throughout every ordeal in the play.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz production is a great recreation of a timeless classic in the modern day. The actors, the stage effects, and the script are very well done and entertaining. If you find yourself in the Seattle area between Oct. 9th to the 13th check out the Paramount Theatre website for tickets for The Wizard of Oz.
THE WIZARD OF OZ Seattle– Purchase Tickets
Tickets for “The Wizard of Oz” in Seattle start at $25 and can be purchased online at stgpresents.org, tickets.com, and select Ticketmaster locations. Tickets are also available by calling 877-STG-4TIX (784-4849) or in person at The Paramount Theatre Box Office (Monday through Friday, 10am to 6pm).
For more information on the show and cast visit the Wizard of Oz the Musical Website
To learn more about tickets, seating, directions, etc., visit the STG Presents Website
THE WIZARD OF OZ Seattle is part of the 2013/2014 KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount series, presented by STG, with support for the fourth year from KeyBank as the series title sponsor. The Roosevelt Hotel is the official sponsor hotel and Alaska Airlines is the official sponsor airline of KeyBank Broadway at The Paramount.