Dust off your ruby slippers and start down that yellow brick road, The Wizard of Oz is coming to Chrysler Hall in Norfolk Friday, February 15 through Sunday, February 17,
The Wizard of Oz is part of the “Broadway in Norfolk” 2019 season. It is also part of the first annual Norfolk Theatre Festival, that will include plays in venues both large and small, all around town. Look for Choir Boy at the Attucks Theatre, Comedy of Errors at the Generic Theater, The Scarlet Letter at the Wells Theatre
and much more. It’s a great way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend.
This “magical” production of The Wizard of Oz is a loving tribute to the 1939 MGM movie, starring Judy Garland. The movie was based on the children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, written in 1900 by L. Frank Baum. The first stage version of the book was written by L. Frank Baum and premiered on Broadway in 1903. It ran on Broadway for 209 performances and toured the country until 1911.
The MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz debuted in 1939. There were new songs for the movie, written by Harold Arlen and “Yip” Harburg. Among them were the now classic “Over the Rainbow” and “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead.”
In 1987 John Kane wrote an adaptation of the movie for the Royal Shakespeare Company. It played in London’s West End. This is the version that is coming to Chrysler Hall, with all the classic songs and lines from the MGM movie.
Kalie Kaimann is in her second season as Dorothy, the little girl who flies away from Kansas in a tornado and lands on the Wicked Witch of the West. Jack Saleeby is also returning to the tour for the second year in the role of the Scarecrow. He is the co-founder of the creative artists group in New York City, The Fellowship. He has performed in Little Shop of Horrors, Hello Dolly and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Murphy the dog is another veteran of the stage, returning to his role as Toto. Murphy is a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier mix. Lizzie Webb rescued Murphy for the ASPCA in Chandler, AZ. Webb is the music director for The Wizard of Oz touring company. Murphy loves playing Toto and sleeping at Webb’s feet while she conducts the show. Look for Murphy on social media at #montanamurphy.
The Wizard of Oz at Chrysler Hall will warm up your wintery heart, flip your nostalgia switch, and have you singing along with your whole family.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to https://broadwaynorfolk.com/the-wizard-of-oz/
For more information about the very first Norfolk Theatre Festival from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17, go to http://nfktheatre.com