Theater Reviews: Wizard of Oz, 42nd Street

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'42nd Street' and 'Wizard of Oz'

Wizard of Oz — A Classic Reimagined

Wizard of Oz, one of the most iconic musicals of all time, is playing at Broward Center for the Performing Arts through Jan. 19.

Don’t worry about knowing the storyline because this brand new production keeps the basics intact for a familiar and nostalgic feeling, but reimagines enough of it to keep the timeless classic fresh.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's adaptation is more comical, more gay, and introduces new songs such as “Red Shoe Blues,” “Farewell to Oz” and “Already Home.” Unlike the movie this version gives songs to both witches and the wizard. The only one that really stood out though was Already Home, sung by Glinda (Robin Evan Willis).

Gay audiences will especially love the Cowardly Lion, who is even gayer than the original, at one point proudly proclaiming that he’s a “friend of Dorothy.”

Visit BrowardCenter.org for tickets and prices.

42nd Street — A Nostalgic Look Back

Wick Theatre continues its inaugural season with 42nd Street, a 1980 Broadway musical following Peggy Sawyer, a newcomer to Broadway. And like most newcomers she hopes to become a star. It’s a classic story of new talent verse old.

Several classic songs come from the show such as “We’re in the Money” “Forty-Second Street” and “Lullaby of Broadway.” But it’s the amazing tap dancing scenes that wowed the audience had them moving in their seats. As soon as the curtain slowly rose in Act 1 to reveal the cast’s tap dancing feet the audience cheered. That moment was pure magic.

Boca Raton audiences should love this look back on the 1930s, and if Wick continues to produce high quality shows such as this one, they should have no problem staying open for many seasons to come.

Visit TheWick.org for tickets and prices.


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