THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Off-Broadway Tonight
Tonight, January 10, 2014, The Wonderful Wizard of Song, The Music of Oz Composer Harold Arlen, which started previews on December 17, 2012, and opened officially on January 10, 2013, will celebrate its one year anniversary at The St. Luke's Theatre (308 W 46th Street).
The Wonderful Wizard of Song was created by American Idol's Nigel Wright, Sam Arlen (son of composer Oscar-winning composer Harold Arlen), and George Bugatti. Weaving rare archival movies, photos and behind the scenes footage from "The Wizard of Oz," into the vignettes that feature each hit, the show travels from The Cotton Club to the screens of Hollywood to the Broadway stage and to the Land of Oz.
In celebration of this milestone as well as the upcoming 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz," the show's director, Broadway veteran Gene Castle, is expanding the show with additional Arlen songs, new sets, media imagery and two new cast members: Allicia Lawson, and Adam Kemmerer who joins Marcus Goldhaber and George Bugatti to round out the Three Crooners who are the hosts of the show.
"Harold penned over 550 songs and worked with many lyricists, including Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Fields, Truman Capote and Ira Gershwin. We have included all the big hits as well as the important works," said producer Shea of the long-running Arlen jukebox musical about the music and life of the Oscar-winning composer.
The Wonderful Wizard of Song, The Music of Harold Arlen, plays at The St. Luke's Theatre (308 W 46th Street, New York, NY 10036). It is produced by Yellow Brick Music, Edmund Gaynes, Jerry Rosenberg and Shea.
For more about the show, visit www.thewonderfulwizardofsong.com.