Follow the Yellow Brick Road
The Wizard of Oz is one of my all-time favorite movies - I may have even dressed as the Tin (Wo)man in college and my three kids were Glinda, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion a few years ago for Halloween. So, seeing this classic tale performed on stage by Broadway San Jose was a real treat!
We are introduced to Dorothy on the farm in Kansas with the characters and farm buildings in the classic black and white. Dorothy (Sarah Lasko) powerfully sang “Over the Rainbow” and I was instantly on the edge of my seat.
On our way to theatre, my daughter Nora was wondering how the twister scene was going to be performed. We were both impressed by the use of the video screen during the twister and also when the flying monkeys attacked. This high tech wizardry gave us a taste of the old MGM show and allowed for a successful transition between scenes.
The Scarecrow (Morgan Reynolds) was Nora’s favorite as he played the bone-less character with just the right amount of comedic flair. The Tin Man is always my favorite and Jay McGill did not disappoint as his tap dancing was a highlight of the show for me. Many laughs were given to the charming antics of the Cowardly Lion (Aaron Fried). If you look closely you may even see this larger-than-life character showing off his “Whip/Nae Nae” skills.
Earning cheers from the audience with nearly every entrance was Toto, played by the 9-year old Cairn Terrier, Loki. Loki was rescued from a puppy mill by Broadway’s Tony Award-winning animal trainer, William Berloni. His humble beginnings were nowhere to be seen as Loki expertly nipped at the heels of Miss Gulch and danced with Dorothy down the yellow brick road.
Broadway San Jose’s performance of this classic tale by L. Frank Baum will be enjoyed by children and parents alike. It runs just over two hours including a 15-minute intermission. You can see it on the following dates:
Tue., Feb. 2 at 7:30pm
Wed., Feb. 3 at 7:30pm
Thu., Feb. 4 at 7:30pm
Next up with Broadway San Jose is Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage. This show combines a symphonic orchestra performance with Star Trek TV and film footage shown on a 40-foot wide screen.
Wed., March 30 at 7:30pm
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will kick off in April.
Fri., April 1 at 8pm
Sat., April 2 at 2pm and 8pm
Sun., April 3 at 1pm and 6:30pm