Danielle Wade to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Segerstrom Center, 2/11-23

Pictured: Danielle Wade as Dorothy and Jamie McKnight
as Scarecrow. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced casting for the Orange County engagement of the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The show will play at Segerstrom Hall from February 11 - 23, 2014. The North American tour features many of the same talented Canadian cast as the original Toronto production including, as Dorothy, Danielle Wade, who was chosen for the show by the Canadian public through CBC TV's reality casting show, Over the Rainbow.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts' desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

Single tickets start at $29 and are now available online at SCFTA.org, the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa or by calling (714) 556-2787. Kids' Night on Broadway will take place during the February 12 and 13 performances. For each full-priced adult ticket purchased, a child's admission will be free. This offer is valid for young people ages 5 - 18. The promo code is: KNOB. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at (714) 755-0236. The TTY number is (714) 556-2746. The 2 p.m. performance on Saturday, February 22 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation.

Canadian actor and choreographer Mike Jackson (CHICAGO, Broadway/U.S. tour; Contact, U.S. tour) plays Tin Man. Star of MAMMA MIA! (Toronto/U.S. tour) and a Dora Award winner for his play High Life, Lee MacDougall plays the Lion. Jamie McKnight, known for his performance in The Producers (Toronto) and as one of The Canadian Tenors, plays the Scarecrow. Robin Evan Willis, star of many Canadian Shaw Festival productions, plays Glinda.

Joining the original cast members is veteran Canadian actor Jay Brazeau (Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Stargate SG-1) as Professor Marvel/The Wizard, in addition to Broadway and U.S. national tour veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Les Mise?rables, Miss Saigon, Closer Than Ever) as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Rounding out the ensemble are Larry Mannell, Chelsey Duplak, Jordan Bell, John Edwards, Kelly Grainger, Jason Huska, Julia Juhas, Zak Kearns, Anthony MacPherson, Stewart Adam McKensy, Julia McLellan, Briana Palmer, Kristen Pottle, Alana Randall, Adam Sergison, Amanda Struthmann, AnDrew Taylor, Devon Tullock, Jesse Weafer, Ryan Wilson and Alyson Workman.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.




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