My son Eli and I just got back from following the yellow brick road to the Fox Theatre–and I’m sure you’ll want to do it yourself before the week is out!
The national tour of The Wizard of Oz began its Atlanta run tonight. It’s a new staging of the musical, featuring several new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as well as the classics you love. This version also interjects a good bit of humor–but not too much to be distracting.
(Speaking of distracting, people should not text during a show, graze extensively on snacks wriggled out of noisy wrappers, OR get up to leave before the curtain call, all of which happened around us tonight. It’s just Theater Manners 101, y’all.)
Anyway, the sets and costumes always catch my artistic eye first, and they were all brilliant. The cast was incredibly talented, too. Sarah Lasko plays a sweet and sassy Dorothy, Shani Hadjian rocked it as the Wicked Witch of the West (I mean, that evil cackle was on point!) but my favorite character was the Cowardly Lion, played by Aaron Fried. I think he reminded me a bit of our huge mutt, Blue–just this big ol’ bear of a guy that should be intimidating, but he’s actually just a lovable wimp!
Speaking of dogs, I think Toto received the loudest applause and cheers out of all the characters, which was kind of funny. But he was seriously cute!
Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link above, and the show only runs in Atlanta through Sunday, June 26th. So don’t you dare dilly-dally or you’ll find yourself stuck on THIS side of the rainbow, and that’s just not nearly as much fun as venturing over it!