I had the opportunity to go see the Wizard of Oz musical on Friday night and it was a fantastic and wonderful experience.
I hadn’t been to a show in a very, very long time and the opportunity came up for me to see it in a classic, 100 year-old theater. I sat up on the third floor with two really great people and it was funny because the gentleman said that he hadn’t expected to enjoy himself, but that he did. I had a great time!
When the show opened and those in charge came onto the stage to give the introductions, I was a little disappointed to find that they had based the musical off the movie. I’ve only seen the movie once and that was a very long time ago, but I had read the book rather recently and enjoyed it. I was secretly hoping that the musical would follow more along with the book, but since I’d only seen the movie that once a long time ago, I actually had no expectations.
The story started out in Kansas, with a distraught Dorothy and a very busy Aunt Em and Uncle Henry. I wasn’t anticipating having all the characters show up in Kansas, but I understand why it was done like that. It was done to show the true characteristics of the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Cowardly Lion and how they related to people that she actually knew. I also wasn’t anticipating the Wicked Witch of the West being a neighbor that accused Toto of being a vicious animal. I thought that the opening was set up very nicely for a return to the real world at the end.
Absolutely my favorite part and my favorite artistic transition was the transition during the tornado of the set. The dancers came out and all the sets were spun around and the music did a wonderful job of adding to the storm. This is probably a good place for me to add in that the musicians did a wonderful job throughout the entire musical. I was impressed. But the transition was done in such a genius way that I thought it was fantastic.
The costumes were also very neatly designed, especially the crows in the Scarecrow’s field. All of the costumes in the Emerald City had parts of green on them, which is exactly what the Emerald City should have been. The Tin Man’s costume was bright and shiny; the Lion’s costume was a good fit for him; and the Scarecrow’s costume was very keenly done.
I was a little bit worried when I saw that all the Munchkins were actually kids, I was a bit worried, but they all did a wonderful job and brought so much energy to the show that I was really impressed.
Those involved did a better job with their singing and dancing than I ever could have and I really appreciate all the hard work and effort they put into making such a great presentation. This was a really great night and a really great experience and I’m absolutely thankful that I was given this opportunity. I would happily go and see it again, especially if I got to see it in the same theater.