“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
"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
"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
See it if you are taking a young one who wants to see racially diverse characters that more closely resemble them than white-washed Hollywood films
Don't see it if you expect top notch acting or anything more than a community theater feel to the production
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.
See it if You want to take your young child to a reasonably priced show where their imaginations can work and where the staging is immersive
Don't see it if You need a fully polished production with lavish costumes and sets.
See it if You know someone in the cast and are going just to support it.
Don't see it if You are amazed by prior good reviews and think it will be an amazing $10 show. Because it's the most basic community theatre.
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...
See it if You are a fan of the movie . The play stayed true to it with the exception of two songs. The actress that played Dorothy was great
Don't see it if You don’t like interactive theatre .
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.
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
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