The iconic songs from The Wizard of Oz have been etched in our memories, but the North American tour of this classic stage production blew into town with a new twist. As Broadway in Indianapolis presents its updated adaptation of The Wizard of Oz at Clowes Memorial Hall now through Sunday (Jan. 17th), it will feature a few new tunes to stick in our minds.
Legendary composers Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber lent their lyrical genius to create a more inclusive soundtrack for the cast of this latest performance.
Justin G. Nelson as Mayor of Munchkinland, Rachel Womble as Glinda, Sarah Lasko as Dorothy and company members, perform Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead.
“The reason Andrew (Lloyd Webber) added new songs was that three of the main characters in the film [the great and powerful Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch of the North and The Wicked Witch of the West] actually didn’t have songs,” says choreographer Arlene Phillips on www.wizardofozthemusical.com.
The music, however, isn’t the only aspect of the stage show that has been enhanced. Costumes have also gotten spiffed up a bit with contemporary touches to reflect mid-20th century farm life – including bling for Glinda’s glam dress and Dorothy’s ruby red slippers (thanks to Swarovski crystals).
Following the yellow brick road has never looked so good.
Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynoldsas Scarecrow and Sarah Lasko as Dorothy perform We’re Off to Meet the Wizard.
When: Now through Jan. 17th
Where: Clowes Memorial Hall, 4602 Sunset Blvd.
Info: (800) 982-2787, www.cloweshall.org