Saturday, October 11, 2008

"The Wizard of Oz" Review

There are not too many things left in this world that multi-generational people can come together and all enjoy something together with the same kid-like enthusiasm. The Wizard of Oz, originally a novel from 1899, sent to the stage in 1902, and re-worked multiple times before being made into the well-known movie that was released in 1939. A timeless treasure that great-grandparents, grandparents, parents, kids, grandkids, and great grandkids can all relate to in a near-same fashion. We all "know" the characters, what we expect them to look like/sound like, and we know the songs. "Somewhere...over the rainbow..." is surely a song you know. It actually won the 1939 Oscar for Best Song for a Motion Picture. Well, the Carousel's production of "Oz" was perfectly on target. I don't care if you are 95 or 5 (there were 90+ year olds near our table and we had a 5 year old at our table!), you'll love it! VERY well done, superb sets, unbelieveable costumes and makeup, excellent singing/music...and those Munchkins...well, you'll just love 'em! Our evening started with dinner which in true Carousel fashion, was mediocre at best. The food has never been phenomenal there...just acceptable. The shows, however, have nearly always hit it out of the park. This was no exception. You know the story so I'm not about to tell the story of the Yellow Brick Road, but I'll make these few observations:

1. The character of Dorothy was a "dead ringer.": not only did she look like the "original," but physically, her voice, the inflections in her voice...everything. That could have been the Dorothy from 1939 and I wouldn't have known the difference.

2. The Lion: "Go ahead....put 'em up!" You know how the lion talks...trying to show a lot of "courage" which he actually lacks.

3. The Munchkins: due to the layout of the Carousel, many times the characters came right out into the audience and due to our central seating location (PERFECT, by the way), we had Munchkins just inches from us. The costumes on the many Munchkins were elaborate and beautiful. So very well done.

4. The set: simply perfect in every way. Colorful, bright, engaging...and it told the story with the characters in unison.

The Wizard of Oz will be playing through November 2nd. If you haven't gone, GO! You will certainly not see it back anytime soon. Shows do not repeat themselves often at The Carousel due to so many shows out there. I should know...I'm still awaiting the return of The Phantom of the all-time favorite.

Oh yea, for those of you with little ones..."High School Musical: On Stage" is coming in 2009....OH MY WORD...I don't think I'm going to be able to escape that least not in MY house!

Now to the trails! It's in the mid-40s this morning and clear!

Happy Trails, everyone!

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