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Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz

Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz

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April 1-6, 2014
Baum Walker Hall | Walton Arts Center | Fayetteville, AR
Tickets $39 - $83
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“We’re off to see….”
The most magical adventure of them all. 

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.

“Andrew Lloyd Webber finds new magic over the rainbow!
A gorgeous sense of spectacle!”
New York Post 

“Brilliant…A ten-star production if ever there was one!”
The Sunday Telegraph

"Enchanting, exciting and electrifying!! The Wizard of Oz is 5-star family fun!"
—ETalk CTV

“Bravo! Standing Oz!”
“Over the rainbow and over the top fun! 5 stars!”
Breakfast Television Toronto

             

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Generations of families are familiar with the cherished MGM classic, The Wizard of Oz, and now, audiences can see it live onstage!  Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber reimagines the beloved film, but enhances it with computer-generated imagery and a few songs from characters who had nothing but dialogue in the film.

The North American tour of “Wizard of Oz” originated in Canada and has traveled from coast to coast. When the show makes a stop at Walton Arts Center during the first week of April, one of its principal cast members will be coming back to his home state for the first time. Dorothy’s beloved dog, Toto, is portrayed by native Arkansas pup, Nigel — a six-year-old Cairn terrier, the same breed as the original Toto (whose name was Terry) in the 1939 film. Nigel was rescued from the Northeast Arkansas Human Society in Jonesboro by his guardian/trainer, William Berloni, in 2008. Berloni has trained over 40 animal performers for 36 years, including the original Sandy in “Annie” and Bruiser in the stage version of “Legally Blonde.”

This production stars Danielle Wade as Dorothy, who was chosen by the Canadian public through the reality show Over The Rainbow. The national tour of The Wizard of Oz will also feature the same award-winning creative team from London and Toronto: Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Graham Hurman (musical supervision).   Animals will be provided by William Berloni.