LatestMusicalReviewsWizard of Oz: UK Tour

Enchanting and Magical: The Wizard of Oz Delivers a Modern Twist on a Timeless Classic!
29 March 202478/1002027 min
Running Time
2hrs 20mins
Age
6+
Overall Score
Rating Overview
Staging
70%
Choreography
90%
Acting
80%
Music
75%
Rating Summary
The Wizard of Oz delivers a magical experience filled with enchanting performances and dazzling special effects. Led by standout performances from The Vivienne as the Wicked Witch and Aviva Tulley's heartfelt portrayal of Dorothy, the production captivates audiences with its modern twist on the beloved classic.

Sweet Oz! We were delighted to be invited to the press night of the Wizard of Oz at Theatre Royal in Plymouth on Wednesday 27 March 2024! Featuring the iconic original score from the Oscar-winning MGM film including Over The RainbowFollow The Yellow Brick Road and We’re Off To See The Wizard with additional songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The additional songs turned this classic into a modern spectacular.

Copyright: UK Tour Production Photographs – Really Useful Theatre Group.

A Magical Journey Down the Yellow Brick Road
The Vivienne’s Wicked Delight

Mezmerising audiences with her wickedness, The Vivienne steals the show as the iconic Wicked Witch of the West. From captivating costume to her stage presence, she perfectly embodies the essence of Oz’s most infamous villain, making every moment she graces the stage spellbinding. It is clearly obvious the crowd loved her as there really was no “boo’s” just cheers at the curtain call, she smashed it!

Stellar Performances Illuminate the Stage

Aviva Tulley’s portrayal of Dorothy, with her velvety voice and heartfelt rendition of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” evokes nostalgia and wonder. Nic Greenshields as the Cowardly Lion brings comedic finesse and charm, whilst Benjamin Yates’s portrayal of the loveable Scarecrow delights with perfect timing and a stunning vocal range. Emily Bull shines through as Glinda the Good, bringing charm and brilliance to her character.

Ensemble Brillaince and Magical Effects

The show is supported by a spectacularly talented ensemble cast, the production navigates the magical land of Oz with precision and grace. The seamless choreography, combined with masterful special effects, creates a truly immersive experience for audiences of all ages.

Glitches in the Emerald City

Whilst the production boasts impressive visuals and performances, there were some minor drawbacks. Excessive use of projection which occassionaly detracted from the connection with the stars, which kind of withdrew us from the wonderful world of Oz. At times the sound was sporadic and it hindered the clarity of certain songs. Despite these flaws, the heartwarming message of home and belonging shines through brightly. We would have loved to have seen more set and less “Spectacle”.

Heartwarming Finales and Incredible Talend

As the curtain falls, audiences are left with a warm buzz and a renewed appreciation for this timeless tale. The uplifting message of “Home is where the heart is” resonates long after the final bow, leaving us with a lasting impression of joy and wonder. Toto, even though a puppet was stunning throughout and you got lost in his joy, even boasting a wagging tail!

Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of the Wizard of Oz with limited tickets remaining in Plymouth this week, book now to avoid disapointment here.

Verdict: A Must-See Spectacle

With its captivating performances, dazzling effects, and timeless charm, the Wizard of Oz: UK Tour earns a spot as a must-see spectacular for audiences of all ages. Whether you’re a fan of the classic tale or discovering it for the first time, this production promises an unforgettable journey through the land of Oz. The show continues its tour across the UK and then heads back to the West End find out more and book tickets here.

Overall Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A show you don’t want to miss! It’s 4 stars from us!

 

Adam Richards

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