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The Wizard of Oz (Harlem Rep)

Members say: Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
83
Critics
90
3 reviews
Members
82
63 reviews
 

Harlem Repertory Theatre mounts a one-hour, family-friendly adaptation of the iconic 1939 MGM movie musical about a little girl from Kansas who journeys to the Land of Oz.

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When Dorothy wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, and munchkins and monkeys, she's charmed but desperate to return home. She sets off on a quest to ask the Wizard for help and along the way befriends a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion. Journey down the yellow brick road while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-nominated film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."

 
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Reviews (66)

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95
Stage Buddy

"This stupendous stage production is a glorious delight...Enough cannot be said about the incredible cast, all of whom possess high level skills in acting, dancing, and singing. Their energy levels were extraordinary, not just in the physical sense, but in what they gave out to their audience. One couldn’t help but feel happy, hopeful and just downright thoroughly elated after seeing this show." Full Review

95
Times Square Chronicles

“HRT’s production does the story justice…Dan Aran’s musical direction shines throughout the piece…The diverse cast of eleven is a cohesive unit of voices and movement. They are completely in sync with each other…The colorful costumes, simple staging and energetic ensemble create one of the best productions of theatre for young audiences that I have ever seen. Every child and adult in the audience was engaged throughout the entire performance.' Full Review

80
Broadway Blog

"Directed and choreographed by Keith Lee Grant, the production shines mostly in its focus and attention to kids. Utilizing the openness of the space, characters get up close and personal with the children, engaging them as the cast runs the aisles and comes right up to the first row of seats, involving the enthusiastic crowd in songs that most children already know by heart...The cast delivers solid vocals, giving the familiar tunes a more modern spin." Full Review

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82
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89
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You loved the movie

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie

70
Enchanting, Intense, Hilarious, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if If you love the original Wizard, and don't mind seeing the iconic characters as People of Color. If you love to laugh, and terrific singing.

Don't see it if You're expecting a Broadway-quality show. Don't expect to see The Wiz! or a Judy Garland look-a-like. This is The Wizard of Oz.. with music.

62
Disappointing, Cliched, Insipid, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to see a live production of the Wizard of Oz or if you want to be able to say "I saw her when..." (regarding the lead)

Don't see it if you love Wicked - once you've seen Wicked, the Wizard of Oz doesn't really offer you much...

80
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if YOU LIKE THE MOVIE

Don't see it if YOU DIDNT LIKE THE MOVIE

90
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if You enjoy plays that will captivate you and keep your attention until the very last moment.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of the Wizard of Oz.

70
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you are taking a young one who wants to see characters that more closely resemble them than white-washed Hollywood films.

Don't see it if you expect top notch acting or much more than a community theater feel to the production

88
Delightful, Cliched

See it if you like fantasy (ex. witches, wizards, talking animals) and cliche happy endings

Don't see it if you don't like fantasy and don't like cliche things

86
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You will love this musical as it will have the nostalgia factor of watching the movie for the first time all over again.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of musicals and weren't a fan of the movie. Or if you're terrified of munchkins and witches.

81
Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if the wizard of oz is something you never get tired of!

Don't see it if you're looking for a new adaptation of the show.

80
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You know and enjoy the story!

Don't see it if You didn't enjoy the wizard of oz for any reason

82
Funny, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a fresh version of the original

Don't see it if you didn't like the wiz live

90
Funny, Delightful, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Taking a classic movie and putting it on stage and living in my childhood watching it live. Took my family for a enjoyable evening out.

Don't see it if If you can't re live your childhood

83
Funny, Delightful, Masterful, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you appreciate a good story and music accompaniment.

Don't see it if you don't like the wizard of oz

92
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You love seeing talented young people do their thing. Appreciate amazing voices. Like creative smaller sets.

Don't see it if You are in to grand Broadway productions.

87
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a mostly family-friendly show, even if it has witches in it. You enjoy magic and loved Wicked.

Don't see it if You are looking for a more adult show. You do not like the impression of flying monkeys. You are looking for more upscale singing

81
Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like original, classic musicals.

Don't see it if You saw wicked, cause it's not as good!

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Want to be fully entertained with a good feeling show

Don't see it if You are not looking for a good time

93
Delightful, Edgy, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you watched it with your family when you were a kid. It'll bring you back in time and still make you cringe when the bad witch shows up!

Don't see it if ..if you are afraid of the bad witch and her monkeys..! Or you do not enjoy a lot of children in the theater.

100
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You are enjoying children's stories in a great production

Don't see it if Don't even know why someone would not enjoy it

82
Enchanting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy heartfelt songs, witty dialogue, and Clever costumes

Don't see it if You need a fast plot, quick dialogue, and fast songs

74
Quirky, Overrated, Dated, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like this classic. Or if you didn't understand Wicked.

Don't see it if you don't like flying monkeys.

77
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if You love the wizard of oz

Don't see it if You've seen the movie or show so many times

55
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy the Wizard of Oz

Don't see it if you were looking to find something close to the original story

47
Edgy, Overrated, Slow

See it if You need to see it if you havent seen old musicals

Don't see it if You have already seen old musicals

61
Clever, Thought-provoking, Must see, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like meaningful stories, classics, and creative characters.

Don't see it if You don't like cheesey old plots.