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BWW Reviews: Theatre Under the Stars' THE WIZARD OF OZ is Entirely Charming
by David Clarke - Mar 06, 2014

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's beloved classic film THE WIZARD OF OZ has been re-adapted for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams. The splashy show features Harold Arlen's original music and E.Y. Harburg's original lyrics, with additional lyrics by Tim Rice and additional music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Flying audiences over the rainbow, this musical is sentimental, family-friendly schmaltz that entertains with ease. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Talks THE WIZARD OF OZ
by David Clarke - Feb 22, 2014

In no time at all, Houstonians will be able to click their heels and follow the yellow brick road to The Hobby Center to see TUTS' presentation of the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE WIZARD OZ. In anticipation of the musical landing in Houston, I spoke with Jacquelyn Piro Donovan who plays Miss Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West about the show and her career. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Tricky New WIZARD OF OZ Storms Into the OC
by Michael L. Quintos - Feb 18, 2014

During my first taste of the show last fall, I was certainly wowed by its technical wizardry and its talented cast, but was sadly underwhelmed by how much of the original film's stirring, emotional magic and innocent fantasy had been stripped away in favor of easy, high-camp laughs, dazzling onstage visual effects, and head-scratching staging choices. I think perhaps a small part of me had hoped that a few alterations have been enacted into the tour now that it has arrived an hour south in Costa Mesa months since that L.A. premiere. Alas, no.... the very same show (except for a cast change or two) is now playing at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County through February 23. (more...)

Danielle Wade Stars in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Segerstrom Center, Now thru 2/23
by BWW News Desk - Feb 11, 2014

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents 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 today, February 11 - 23, 2014. (more...)

Danielle Wade to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Segerstrom Center, 2/11-23
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2014

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. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Has the Brain, Nerve and Most of the Heart
by Kristen Hirsch Montag - Dec 07, 2013

Technical wizardry and solid singing highlighted this new production of WIZARD OF OZ, now playing at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ Opens at the Ordway Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Dec 04, 2013

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced the opening of Andrew Lloyd Webber's all-new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, which will run tonight, Dec. 4-29 at the Ordway in Saint Paul, Minn. This national production features the original music by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg from the 1939 Oscar-winning film, with additional music and lyrics by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. (more...)

THE WIZARD OF OZ to Open at the Ordway, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Nov 05, 2013


BWW Reviews: Webber's Touring WIZARD OF OZ Touches Down in L.A.
by Michael L. Quintos - Oct 01, 2013

What do you do for an updated stage adaptation of arguably one of cinema's much-beloved motion pictures of all time? Well for theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber and director Jeremy Sams, you populate the show with over-the-top, more cartoonish characters and snarky, audience-winking dialogue. Oh, yeah, and add a few new songs from Webber and his frequent collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice, too. The touring company plays the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood through October 6. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Eric McCormack Visits THE WIZARD OF OZ Tour at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Sep 29, 2013

TV and stage star Eric McCormack saw THE WIZARD OF OZ Tour at Saturday's matinee at the Pantages in Hollywood, CA where the show plays through October 6th. He is an old friend of Lee MacDougall who plays the Lion, and took time after the show to pose for photos with the cast. (more...)

Photo Flash: THE WIZARD OF OZ Celebrates Opening at the Pantages
by BWW News Desk - Sep 24, 2013

THE WIZARD OF OZ national tour, with old standards and new music written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book adapted by Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, opened at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre last week on September 18. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening night festivities below! (more...)

BWW TV: Robin Evan Willis, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Lee McDougall & More on the Red Carpet of THE WIZARD OF OZ Opening at Pantages
by Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans - Sep 24, 2013

The Wizard of Oz, featuring some of movie music's most unforgettable standards, along with new music written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber; a book adapted by Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams... and everything else that is good made its way successfully to Hollywood's Pantages Theatre last week (September 18) for a high flying opening night celebration which drew a full house of young and old alike. Among those involved with the festivities were BWW TV's own Los Angeles correspondents Michael Sterling and Jerry Evans on the red carpet walk of fame. Among the celebrities in attendance were Rico Rodriquez (ABC's Modern Family) and his sister Raini Rodriguez (Disney's Austin and Ally), Fox TV's Lauren Potter (Glee), Academy Award winner George Chakiris (West Side Story), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Jane Kean (The Honeymooners), Ann Jeffrey's (General Hospital, Topper), Corbin Bleu (One Life to Live), RJ Mitte (AMC's Breaking Bad), Michelle Dockery of the BBC's Downton Abbey and others of note. Check out the video below! (more...)

Danielle Wade Stars in THE WIZARD OF OZ LA Premiere at Pantages Theatre, Beg. Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 17, 2013

Producers Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment, Warner Bros. & The Nederlander Organization have announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will make its L.A. debut at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited 3 week engagement; today, September 17 - October 6, 2013. Full casting for the tour is now complete. (more...)

BWW Interviews: Jacquelyn Piro Donovan on Getting Green in THE WIZARD OF OZ
by Alan Henry - Sep 13, 2013

BroadwayWorld's Alan Aronshtam sat down for an interview with THE WIZARD OF OZ's Wicked Witch, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan! (more...)

Danielle Wade to Star in THE WIZARD OF OZ LA Premiere at Pantages Theatre, 9/17-10/6
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2013

Producers Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment, Warner Bros. & The Nederlander Organization have announced that the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will make its L.A. debut at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited 3 week engagement; September 17 - October 6, 2013. Full casting for the tour is now complete. (more...)

Danielle Wade, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Cedric Smith to Lead THE WIZARD OF OZ North American Tour; Full Cast Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 07, 2013

Producers Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment & Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures just announced that casting is complete for the first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ, which will commence on September 10, 2013 at The Smith Center in Las Vegas, NV. (more...)

BWW Reviews: WIZARD OF OZ Takes Music Circus Down Yellow Brick Road
by Harmony Wheeler - Jun 24, 2013

As much as the Judy Garland film version of 'The Wizard of Oz' upholds its status as a classic, there's something about seeing the joyous musical live that makes it immensely more enjoyable. As performed in the round at Music Circus, glorious orchestrations (led by conductor and music director Jeff Rizzo) and ethereal, surround-sound vocals from ensemble members enhance the magic, taking audiences somewhere over the rainbow as Dorothy awakes in a new land with Munchkins, ruby slippers, witches and more. (more...)

Phillip Boykin, Jennifer Hope Wills, Tom Hewitt and More Cast in Music Circus' 2013 Season!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2013

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, California Musical Theatre Artistic Director Glenn Casale has announced casting for the 63rd Music Circus season, including Broadway veterans, Tony nominees and audience favorites from previous Music Circus seasons. The five-show season at the Wells Fargo Pavilion includes The Wizard of Oz, Show Boat, Sugar, The King and I and the Music Circus premiere of Chicago. (more...)

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan Performs at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala Tonight
by BWW News Desk - May 04, 2013

California Musical Theatre's Les Miz Gala takes place tonight, May 4, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a French theme, celebrating the hit Broadway show Les Miserables, opening at Community Center Theater on May 29. (more...)

Jacquelyn Piro Donovan to Perform at California Musical Theatre's LES MIZ Gala, 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2013

California Musical Theatre's Les Miz Gala takes place on Saturday, May 4, starting at 6:00 p.m., at Sacramento Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Street in Sacramento. Memorial Auditorium will be elegantly decorated for the evening with a French theme, celebrating the hit Broadway show Les Miserables, opening at Community Center Theater on May 29. (more...)

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