Presented by North Shore Music Theatre
Based on the book by Frank L. Baum
Music & Lyrics of the MGM Motion Picture score by: Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg
Background Music by: Herbert Stohart
Book Adaptation from the motion picture screenplay by: John Kane
Directed by Joel Ferrell
Music directed by William Stanley
Review by Craig Idlebrook
(Beverly) Let’s cut to the chase: your kids will love it. The North Shore Music Theatre’s production of the Wizard of Oz is colorful and brimming with energy and special effects.
But is it any good? Ah, now there’s the rub.
First, you have to do a gut-check of the source material. Can you handle a razzle-dazzle, overly-cute 1930’s big-box-office musical onstage? Frankly, I have always had a hard time with it. Strip away our strange reverence for this campy tale and it’s just bizarre that this show has such long legs. Continue reading