Oz in the News 9.10.13

‘The Wizard of Oz’ kicks off North American tour with eight-show run at Smith Center  It’s time again to follow the yellow brick road, go somewhere over the rainbow and celebrate Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of the all-time classic “The Wizard of Oz.” The musical opens for a run of eight spectacular shows at Smith Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, kicking off a North American tour.

Wizard of Oz gets its skates on  Two months ago, staging The Wizard of Oz on Ice at the Queenstown Ice Arena was a dream held by ice skating coach Deanna Pielak-Jones, and now, after devising routines, six weeks of practising and an answered call for a castle builder, it is well and truly a reality. ”On the ice, you have got to have big things because it’s a big area,” Ms Pielak-Jones said, and with the Emerald Castle nearly reaching the ice rink’s ceiling, the construction has filled that prerequisite.

Milestone on hold for the Wizard of Oz  Entertainer Jay Laga’aia turns 50 today but he is unlikely to mark the milestone by partying the night away. The father of eight has started New Zealand rehearsals for the blockbuster musical Wicked in which he plays the Wizard of Oz, and says he’s too busy concentrating on making it a great show to celebrate his birthday. Laga’aia said he didn’t feel as though he had clocked up a half-century: “I feel like I’m still in my 30s.”

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