Posted by: Nancy
February 3, 2014
The MGM classic The Wizard of Oz will always be in my top ten favorite movies. Does anyone not love this film? It is truly timeless in its appeal. I’ve always felt that it should be left as is. It should not be changed, or redone, or tampered with in any way by anyone. (That would be much like redoing The Sound of Music into a live TV production and casting a popular country singer in role of Maria Von Trapp.) Which is why, I felt some skepticism about Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of THE WIZARD OF OZ that opens in Tempe at ASU Gammage this Tuesday. I’m curious to see if it measures up, at least for me, to the movie.
Having expressed my concerns about anyone tampering with The Wizard of Oz, there are a couple of things that have led me to believe that my skepticism might be misdirected. First off, it sounds like this production has remained fairly true to the movie version. It was developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay and contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Secondly, the fact that it’s an Andrew Lloyd Webber production makes me hopeful that it’s going to be terrific, just like all of his other shows. Yes, I’m curious about how this show measures up to the movie. I have a feeling that it will more than measure up and I’m eager to see it.
THE WIZARD OF OZ opens at ASU Gammage on Tuesday, February 4 and will run through February 4. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://asugammage.com.
This week, you need look no further than Tempe for great arts, culture and entertainment events to enjoy. Check out this entertainment-packed list. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158.
- February 4: Lucy Hale Live in Concert, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- February 4: Kevin Sanders, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- February 5: ASU Jazz Faculty Showcase, Recital Hall, ASU Music Building
- February 4: Alice Tatum & Beth Lederman, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- February 4-9: THE WIZARD OF OZ, ASU Gammage
- February 5: Walk in Wednesday Open Mic, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 6: ASU Comedy, Tempe Improv
- February 6 & 7: Meet Emmet and WyldStyle from The LEGO Movie, Tempe Marketplace
- February 7: Mayer Hawthorne, Marquee Theatre
- February 7: Old-Timey Music with Red Chair Recordings, Tempe History Museum
- February 7: Caio Pagano with the Festival Orchestra, ASU Katzin Concert Hall
- February 7: Finally Friday – Tom & Priscilla Bertling, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 7: Class Clowns, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 7: Sci-Fi Fridays: Asteroids, Ion Propulsion and NASA, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 7: An Acoustic Evening with The Maine, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 7: Sherry Finzer/Darin Mahoney Duo / Cantabile Flute Quartet, King of Glory Lutheran Church
- February 7: 13th Annual Ceramic Studio Tour Exhibition Opening Reception, Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace
- February 7-9: Jay Pharaoh, Tempe Improv
- February 7-16: Before You Ruin It World Premier, ASU Lyceum Theater
- February 7: Mechanical Hall A; February 8: Peppermint James, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- February 7: Chardonnay; February 8: Grains of Sand, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- February 7: Traveler; February 8: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- February 8-March 16: Childsplay Presents The Cat in the Hat, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 9: Taste in Tempe, Tempe Center for the Arts
- February 9: Stone Sour, Marquee Theatre