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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through April 16 2017

Like most Broadway hits, William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls’s 1975 musical version of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was created to fill a huge stage with actors and dancers and lots of dazzling spectacle. (When it played in Chicago it was at the 4,250-seat Arie Crown Theater.) The beauty of Kokandy Productions’ revival, directed by Lili-Anne Brown and choreographed by Breon Arzell, is that it retains the show’s energy and glory despite being squeezed into a storefront space smaller than many traditional theater lobbies. The secret is casting: Brown packs her ensemble with powerful singers and dancers, all of whom bring the best out of the sometimes dated, corny material. Sydney Charles is especially fine as Dorothy, a role that requires her to play the full range of emotions, from meek and confused to bold and plucky, then end the show with some full-throated gospel. —Jack Helbig

Price: $33-$38

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