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CLICK YOUR HEELS TOGETHER, 'THE WIZARD OF OZ' TO LAUNCH NORTH AMERICAN TOUR AT PLAYHOUSE SQUARE DEC. 1-6

12:05 AM

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Playhouse Square is delighted to announce that the North American tour of the new stage adaptation of "THE WIZARD OF OZ" will play the State Theatre Dec. 1-6, 2015, as a FirstMerit Diamond Performance.

This production of "THE WIZARD OF OZ" is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic.

Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains the beloved Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

"THE WIZARD OF OZ" had its world premiere at The London Palladium Theatre in March of 2011.

After a successful West End run, the production had its North American premiere in Toronto in December of 2012, and then embarked on a U.S. tour beginning in September of 2013.

The national tour of "THE WIZARD OF OZ" will feature the same award-winning creative team from London and Toronto:  Jeremy Sams (direction), Robert Jones (set and costume design), Arlene Phillips (choreography), Hugh Vanstone (lighting design), Mick Potter (sound design), Jon Driscoll & Daniel Brodie (video/projection design), David Cullen (orchestrations) and Graham Hurman (musical supervision).  

Animals will be provided by William Berloni.

Starring as Dorothy is Sarah Lasko. A University of Maryland graduate, Sarah most recently appeared at Maryland's Imagination Stage, where she originated the role of Lisa in Double Trouble, the musical adaptation of The Parent Trap. She appeared at the Kennedy Center as a soloist in “An Evening with Barbara Cook” and in “NSO Christmas Pops with Marvin Hamlisch.”

Mark A. Harmon will star as Professor Marvel/The Wizard.  Mark was seen in the national tours of Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright) and Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad). He received a Carbonell Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for A Little Night Music (Broward Stage Door Theatre). Ohio native Shani Hadjian will star as the Wicked Witch of the West. Shani appeared in the national tour of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Madame de la Grande Bouche) and Fancy Nancy (Mom). Also starring in the production are Aaron Fried as Lion, Jay McGill as Tin Man, Morgan Reynolds as Scarecrow and Rachel Womble as Glinda.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

Tickets are on sale now for THE WIZARD OF OZ, DECEMBER 1-6 at Playhouse Square’s State Theatre. Tickets start at $10 and are available at playhousesquare.org, 216-241-6000 or the Playhouse Square Ticket Office. Groups of 15 or more call group sales at 216-640-8600.

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The Wizard of Oz is a FirstMerit Diamond Performance. For more information, visit: FirstMerit.com.

This performance engagement is a part of the Smart Seats program at Playhouse Square that offers smart entertainment at a smart price.

For more information on Smart Seats, visit playhousesquare.org/smartseats.

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