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Revived to capitalise on the mania for Wickedthis London Palladium production is faithful to the movie and original stage showwhilst also bringing the pacing, humour and staging in line with modern taste. The tedium and bombast of the current Broadway mega-production of Frozen could have been avoided with an adaptation conceived with this much flair and creativity.
Only prolific musical theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber would have the confidence to tamper with such a well-established and well-loved show, but his machinations are very well placed indeed. All the cherished Harold Arlen and E.
Harburg songs from the film remain in the show, even the stirring background music of Herbert Stothart is still heard. A feature of the music is the rich orchestral sound.
Highly capable musical director Laura Tipoki presides over a well-integrated performance, benefiting from additional support from master musical supervisor Guy Simpson.
Lloyd Webber and director Jeremy Sams are co-credited with the new adaptation. With Lloyd Webber on musical structure, Sams is presumably responsible for the nimble pace and the laugh-out-loud humour. As the Australian tour begins its final leg, the cast have their comic timing finely honed.
Characters such as Glinda and Scarecrow score plenty of the new laughs, all of which come as a welcome treat considering the completely well-known nature of the story. The twister effect is surely the best of its kind ever seen in a stage production of this show. Given that most touring productions that reach Australia can be dwarfed by the mighty Regent Theatre stage, it is very pleasing to note that the scenic elements and special effects of The Wizard of Oz fill the space with terrific impact.
The Australian season lands a nifty Wicked link with its casting of leading ladies Lucy Durack Glinda and Jemma Rix Wicked Witch in roles they have already played in the alt-Oz universe.
The undertones of Shiz sisterhood allow sparks fly whenever the ladies face off. Famed for his superb voice, Warlow has the chance to display the versatility of his acting dexterous acting talent.
Rather than discover a teenaged performer, the production casts a young adult as troubled teen Dorothy. Samantha Dodemaide captures the chipper pluck of the feisty young woman, underpinned nicely with an edge of vulnerability.
The friends of Dorothy are a redoubtable trio of talents, each making their own stamp on well-established roles. Rising from ensemble work to give a terrific lead performance, Eli Cooper is delightfully daffy as Scarecrow, conveying the floppy physicality and continually bringing fresh angles to the same no-brain joke as the show unfolds.
Charming tenor Alex Rathgeber makes a welcome return to the commercial musical theatre stage, bringing lashings of heart to a character who supposedly has none. Xinatavelonis shines in the crowd-pleasing role, remaining fully immersed in character through any and all singing and dancing. The versatile ensemble play any number of roles, each of which benefits from their triple threat talents.Parents need to know that the movie The Wizard of Oz, which is full of Hollywood embellishments, has little to do with the spare, classic book by L.
Frank Baum, originally published in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a quite different story, and not to be missed. It has magic, great characters, tongue-in-cheek humor, a good deal of sturdy American self-reliance, good deeds and kindness rewarded, and .
Aug 15, · Watch video · Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage.
Written by Dale Roloff. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No | Report this. Review this 8/10(K). The Wizard of OZ is a nice children's film that is a delight to watch as well as provides a smart historical connection that is just unforgettable.
The morals and lessons that the movie provides are very astounding and the musicals can get really annoying though. Dec 22, · “The Wizard of Oz” has a wonderful surface of comedy and music, special effects and excitement, but we still watch it six decades later because its underlying story penetrates straight to the deepest insecurities of childhood, stirs them and then reassures them.4/4.
Nov 20, · Review of The Wizard of Oz () By Dylan D () on 01 Nov Everything about The Wizard of Oz is a sight to behold; the performances, effects, drama, story. Dec 22, · “The Wizard of Oz” has a wonderful surface of comedy and music, special effects and excitement, but we still watch it six decades later because its underlying story penetrates straight to the deepest insecurities of childhood, stirs 4/4.