SAN DIEGO–The greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, is touching down in San Diego as Broadway/San Diego ~ A Nederlander Presentation brings this national treasure to the San Diego Civic Theatre; February 15 – 20, 2011.
This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.
Twelve children from the San Diego area will be performing the roles of “munchkins.” Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the local children with help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education. The children to perform the roles will be named at a later date.
Director Nigel West, choreographer Leigh Constantine and set and costume designer Tim McQuillen-Wright utilize the glamour and elegance of art deco Hollywood as the visually stunning technicolor backdrop for The Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City.
Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, The Wizard of Oz will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.
Individual tickets for The Wizard of Oz will go on sale on Thursday, November 18 at 10 a.m. and start at only $20; online at BroadwaySD.com; in person at the Civic Theatre Ticket Office (3rd & B Street, downtown San Diego); or by calling the Ticket Office at (619) 570-1100 or Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787. Groups of 10 or more should call (619) 564-3001.