Oz in the News 10.18.13

adamlambert200Inside the Emerald City: Wicked’s Fiyero  Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s international hit musical Wicked, which takes audiences to Oz before L. Frank Baum’s famous tale of Dorothy begins, will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Broadway Oct. 30 at the Gershwin Theatre. To mark the Broadway milestone, Playbill.com is looking back at the magical and mysterious characters who inhabit the untold tale of the witches of Oz and a selection of the actors who have filled their shoes. Each week Playbill.com will highlight a different leading character from the hit musical. (Read more about Wicked’s 10th anniversary here.) Playbill.com has also highlighted actresses who played Madame Morrible and the actors who have played the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This week we look at Wicked’s leading man, Fiyero.

Webber’s ‘The Wizard of Oz’ review: highly saturated  The new songs are forgettable enough, though they stick out as obvious attempts to pad the product and over-explain the story. The first is a generic unhappy teen plaint for Dorothy – the title, “Nobody Understands Me,” says it all, exemplifying Rice’s limitations as a lyricist – plaintively warbled by a charming Danielle Wade, who, like her London predecessor, won the role on a nationwide TV reality show. There’s a generic talk-song for the excellent Cedric Smith’s folksy traveling showman, Professor Marvel (later the Wizard), as well. The other big new number is an over-the-top would-be showstopper for the Wicked Witch of the West, “Red Shoes Blues,” played to hammy excess by Jacquelyn Piro Donovan, the one new principal on the tour. But hamminess is endemic in this show.

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