Oz in the News 11.5.15

SLIDER-Miss-GulchOne of Oz’s despised characters gives life to funny one-man musical  It’s been more than a decade since Miss Almira Gulch, the Toto-grabbing spinster from “The Wizard of Oz,” last brought her cabaret show to Theatre on the Square in downtown Indianapolis, but she’s back and as sassy as ever in “Miss Gulch Returns.” In this one-man musical comedy originally written and performed by Fred Barton, the old lady was (last in 2003) and is presented in Indy by Brent Marty, occasional stage quadruple-threat (acting, singing, dancing and musician) whose full-time work is behind the scenes at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Carmel. Marty shines almost literally in this show, appearing as himself at first to introduce our star — not Margaret Hamilton playing the film role but an actual Miss Gulch who played herself opposite Judy Garland — then swapping tux for dowdy dress and trademark hat to transform into the woman of the hour.

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