Circling the Square: Don't miss taking a theater trip to 'Oz'
I could begin this column with my futile complaints about the weather, futile because there isn’t one thing I can do about it, but I won’t. Instead I’d rather tell you about “The Wizard of Oz” at the North Shore Music Theatre, the highlight of last week for me. First of all, don’t miss it. This is one of the most remarkable productions many of us have ever seen, yours truly included. It is so phenomenal I don’t even have enough positive words to adequately describe this superior production. Obviously I loved it and so will you.
I have to admit I was a little less than enthusiastic about seeing this show initially. Not only have I seen the movie on TV many times, but I also saw it live at the music theater when it was presented about 10 years ago. It was good then but I kind of mentally queried how different could it be this time. I mean there’s a tornado, the wicked witch is killed when Dorothy lands on her, Glinda the Good Witch, shows up at the request of the Munchkins, Dorothy and Toto follow the Yellow Brick Road where they pick up the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. The foursome face all kinds of obstacles put in their way by the Wicked Witch of the West and finally get to confront the all-powerful Oz who turns out to be an ordinary man. The wizard leaves for Kansas but Dorothy ultimately gets home after clicking the magic ruby slippers only to realize, “There’s no place like home.”