BWW TV: Robin Evan Willis, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, Lee McDougall & More on the Red Carpet of THE WIZARD OF OZ Opening at Pantages
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!
Oz cast members also walked the red carpet including Danielle Wade (Dorothy), who was chosen by the Canadian public through CBC TV's "Over The Rainbow." Danielle was joined by one of Canada's most respected and honored actors: Gemini-winner, film and theatre veteran, Cedric Smith (Wizard;) actor/choreographer Mike Jackson (Tin Man) whose credits include Chicago, Broadway/U.S. tour, Contact, U.S. tour;) Lee McDougall (Lion) star of Mamma Mia! (Toronto/U.S. tour) and a Dora Award winner for his play High Life; Jamie McKnight (Scarecrow), known for his performance in The Producers (Toronto) and as one of the Canadian Tenors; Robin Evan Willis (Glinda), star of many Shaw Festival productions; and Broadway and national tour veteran Jacquelyn Piro Donovan (Wicked Witch of the West) who has been featured in Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Closer Than Ever.
Produced by Bill Kenwright, The Really Useful Group, David Mirvish, Troika Entertainment, Warner Bros. & The Nederlander Organization this first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ and its stop at the Pantages Theatre opened September 17 and will continue its limited 3 week engagement through October 6, 2013.
Individual tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ may be purchased online at www.HollywoodPantages.com orwww.Ticketmaster.com or by phone at 1-800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Pantages Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Pantages Theatre is located at 6233 Hollywood Boulevard, just east of Vine Street, and the box office opens daily at 10am except for holidays.
THE WIZARD OF OZ had its North American premiere on December 20, 2012 in Toronto, ON, at the Ed MirvishTheatre.
For more information on THE WIZARD OF OZ, visit www.WizardOfOzTheMusical.com. For tickets or more information about the Los Angeles engagement of THE WIZARD OF OZ, please visit the Pantages Theatre's official website, www.HollywoodPantages.com.