Wizard of OZ Review
The Wizard of Oz had its Gala Opening Night at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre on Thursday night and I loved it.
Samantha Dodemaide, who was cast from some 400 who auditioned for the role, is brilliant as Dorothy.
Lucy Durack, who played Glinda in “Wicked” revives her role as the Good Witch of the North in this production and is simply delightful. Another cast member of “Wicked”, Jemma Rix, has moved into the role of the Wicked Witch of the West and commands all the sneers from the audience required as the villain.
Anthony Warlow plays a wonderful Wizard. Eli Cooper as the Scarecrow was one of my favourites as well, but the Tinman and the Lion characters are equally believable… and then there’s the two dogs, “Flick“ and “Trouble”, little silky terriers who make their stage debut as Toto.
This re-working of the traditional story is amazing. There are five new songs from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music, the staging, the lighting, the costumes and the audio are all superb.
It’s family friendly too, so you can take the kids or grandkids along. It’s only in Sydney for a short season of a little over a month and really is an enchanting revival of the 1939 classic, so take a trip down the yellow brick road for this great new adaptation of the Wizard of Oz. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll laugh and leave the Capitol Theatre with a smile, if not you can drop a house on me!