The Wizard Of Oz

When I was 11, my school took us on a trip to Melbourne to see The Wizard Of Oz at the Regent Theatre. It was pretty exciting, because the only musicals I’d ever seen were the ones put on by my primary school, I’d only just been in my very first (and last!) musical myself the year before, and I was going to see Bert Newton! I remember being absolutely enchanted by the building, and devastated when I found out Bert wasn’t going to be there (which was also when I learned what an understudy was). Despite no Bert, I had the absolute time of my life, and I have loved musical theatre ever since.

Yesterday I had the privilege of going back to that very same theatre, 16 years later, to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s New Production of The Wizard Of Oz, and they successfully made me feel like I was 11 again.

Samantha Dodemaide is a perfect choice for Dorothy. She is just the right mix of young and sweet, but sassy and badass when she has to be. Lucy Durack and and Jemma Rix reprised their roles as Glinda and The Wicked Witch Of The West (or Elphaba) after playing them in Wicked (which unfortunately I didn’t get to see) and they played them just as beautifully as I imagined they would. Anthony Warlow, who played the Wizard, made me forget that he was Anthony Warlow. The standouts for me, however, were easily Hunk, Hickory and Zeke – or, as they’re more commonly known as, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion.

Eli Cooper as Scarecrow, Alex Rathgeber as Tin Man and John Xintavelonis as Lion absolutely stole the show. They were nothing short of mesmerising. John Xintavelonis gave me major Nathan Lane vibes, Alex Rathgeber made me realise it’s possible to have a crush on a man made out of tin, and Eli Cooper… well, let’s just say I think I’ll miss him most of all.

And what makes a musical better than other musicals? When they have a dog.

4 thoughts on “The Wizard Of Oz

  1. Nancy says:

    It’s pretty cool that you got to see The Wizard Of Oz for a school trip. Haha, it’s always cool to go back somewhere you’ve been to as a kid. Glad you enjoyed the show! I haven’t seen the Wizard of Oz before but remember parts of it from Once Upon a Time. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Nancy ♥


  2. Cat says:

    That’s cool that you were able to revisit a childhood memory by seeing the Wizard of Oz again! I’ve never seen the musical for it, and this reminds me that it’s actually been a long time since I’ve seen a musical live at all. (I think the last one I saw was Phantom of the Opera?) Sounds like it was a really great show! I’m glad you enjoyed it!


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