The Wizard of Oz | Cadillac Palace Theatre | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Wizard of Oz Closing (Theater and Galleries) New Review (Theater and Comedy) The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through May 11 2014

Don't worry, the 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz is easy to find. I checked, and Amazon lists it for single-viewing rental at just $1.99. Netflix has it too. And it'll be available on Xfinity all the way through the end of 2029 (!). You can see the iconic performances by Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, and Margaret Hamilton pretty much anytime you want for practically nothing. You can hear all of Harold Arlen and Yip Harburg's feather-light, razor-sharp songs. So what attraction can there be to this 2011 stage musical based on the movie? I mean, what attraction can there be for anyone other than a bunch of producers anxious to eat some crumbs from the table of Wicked? This show purges a classic like "If I Were King of the Forest" while making room for ham-handed, pace-deadening, message-sugaring interpolations by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. The adaptation, by Webber and Jeremy Sams, makes a hash of beloved characters. It's the palest of pale imitations. —Tony Adler

Price: $18-$105

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