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  The Wizard Of Oz at Pantages Theatre

The Wizard Of Oz

Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood

The New York Post states that with THE WIZARD OF OZ “Andrew Lloyd Webber finds new magic over the rainbow! A gorgeous sense of spectacle!” The Sunday Telegraph calls the show “Brilliant…A ten-star production if ever there was one!” Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production 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. Adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams, the production is directed by Jeremy Sams. Choreography is by Arlene Phillips, Production Design by Robert Jones, Sound Design by Mick Potter and Lighting Design by Hugh Vanstone.

Thru - Oct 6, 2013

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm & 6:30pm

Show Type: Musical

Box Office: 323-468-1770

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  The Wizard Of Oz Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Recommended

"...The new musical adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams (who also directs), now at the Pantages Theatre, made me feel, rewardingly, that somebody not only shared my childhood worries about the MGM classic but also went to the trouble of mounting a costly, stylish (if bombastic and intermittently blinding) stage show to redress every scripting oversight and editorial lapse in the famously tumultuous filmmaking process of 1938-39."
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Margaret Gray

LA Weekly - Not Recommended

"...Webber and partner Tim Rice’s adequate score blends new compositions with embellished versions of the originals. But there’s no magic, so it all feels a bit empty and grim beneath the grins and glamour."
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Jenny Lower

Broadway World - Recommended

"...It is always enjoyable to revisit The Wizard of Oz for a bevy of visual splendor…and to listen to Harold Arlen’s beautiful tunes. In spite of the fact that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s contributions to this add up to zilch, it’s pleasant entertainment, so bring the kids of every age."
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Don Grigware

Stage and Cinema - Not Recommended

"...Just short of insulting, a Broadway Machine-styled version of the iconic film, The Wizard of Oz, opened at the Pantages this week. Instead of writing additional new material that matched the screenplay by Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woolf (uncredited in the program), bookwriters Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams (who also directed) constantly undercut themselves, removing any real emotion and danger that made the story so credible. At every turn, they managed to lose their way as they dumbed down the Yellow Brick Road, adding unnecessarily offensive humor and forgettable songs (music by Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice) that do not even attempt to match the essence of Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg’s original tunes."
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Tony Frankel - Recommended

"...Everyone in the touring production from Toronto, under the sharp direction of Jeremy Sams, brings The Wizard of Oz to life."
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Carol Kaufman Segal

Examiner - Recommended

"...The current rendition of the classic story, The Wizard of Oz is pure magic saturated with energy, wit, humor and charm."
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Ron Irwin

ArtsBeatLA - Recommended

"...Nope, it may not be Garland and Bolger and Hamilton (oh, my!) in this lively adaptation of Oz, but, truly, what’s offered in their place is an entertaining, respectful substitute."
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Travis Michael Holder

OC Register - Not Recommended

"...Webber revamp creates a ‘Wizard’ of flaws."
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Paul Hodgins

TheatreMania - Somewhat Recommended

"...If one can look past the cruel and unusual punishment that is what producer Andrew Lloyd Webber has done to the classic fantasy film The Wizard Of Oz, this specific mounting, at L.A.’s Pantages Theatre, is not bad with a cast that makes the most of the material provided."
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Jonas Schwartz

Musicals In LA - Not Recommended

"...Unfortunately, the adaptation that just opened at the Pantages Theatre is about as superficial as it gets. It may have been successful when it opened in Toronto, but for my taste, adding a bunch of cheap jokes, hokey choreography, and regrettable new songs doesn’t begin to enhance my experience of the wonderful Wizard of Oz."
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Ellen Dostal

Daily Trojan - Recommended

"...The dynamic mix of strong staging with emotionally touching character moments makes this Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jeremy Sams adaptation somehow manage to capture the audience’s imagination and keep its attention, even though we know exactly what will happen next."
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Jillana Bassan

NoHoArtsDistrict - Recommended

"...This is great family fun for everyone and you’ll know most of the music of course and the new songs feel like they’ve always been there. Technically, the pyro technics, projection screens, sound effects, lighting and rainbow colors will amaze you and are just plain awesome!"
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Lorenzo Marchessi

Topanga Messenger - Recommended

"...This story is such an American icon and this Wizard should be seen by kids of all ages. I wish it were playing longer."
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Flavia Potenza

Entertainment Weekly - Recommended

"...There have been no shortage of recent Oz adaptations on stage and screen, ranging from the brilliant Wicked to the almost insulting Disney prequel Oz The Great and Powerful. Happily, Lloyd Webber’s new stage production sticks pretty closely to the classic film. After all, there’s no place like home."
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