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The Top 4 and their Costumes were a Triumph! (Jacobs/206)
by MK Scott
Our Pal, Michael Gershowitz has been busy this past year fine tuning his Musical now turned Operetta version of the Wizard of Oz, the only version to actually base it by the original works of L. Frank Baum.
All the songs in OZ anew, are new and unique and in the course of a year went from 85 to 34 songs, mostly written by Gershowitz. I had the pleasure to attend his special Live Concert, this past weekend at the Annex Theater in Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Meyer (and Costume) were a highlight! (Jacobs/206)
Despite not having an orchestra, just a piano played by Music Director, Gregory Smith, it was all about the music.The Costumes by Ron McCain, Jenny Lynch and Gershowitz are also a huge highlight. Some of my favorite songs were, Some Place to Call Home, I've Felt This Way Before, and Farewell Sweet Sorceress. It was the comic genus of actor, Joel Meyer as Scarecrow and his song, Brainless that brought laughter from the audience. Also noteworthy was the flamboyant performance of Gershowitz as the Cowardly Lion for Pussy Cat/Dorothy's Rage.
The singing talents of Gabriela Noble as Dorothy with Kristen Lang as Locusta, Andrew Bullared as the Tin Man and Matthew Fitzgerald as Private Gruph were the strongest singers along with Gershowitz and Meyer.
Adam Hegg as Baum/Oz, and Wendy Cohen as Agora looked good but did not have the singing chops to perform great songs like, Agora's lament, Oz the Great and Give me the shoes, bitch.
Now, I would love to hear how OZ, anew will sound with with Strong Cast and a full orchestra. Perhaps a Concept album to get those Broadway producers calling, and then this little show would finally be heading in the right direction.
For More photos and info on OZ, anew, please check out their site at http://wwozanewmusical.webs.com
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by MK Scott Special to the SGN:
Oz Anew, a brand-new production of America's favorite classic story, is brought to you by award-winning N.Y.C. director and writer Michael Gershowitz and based on the original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and the backstories of the characters that Dorothy and Toto are introduced to. Oz is not a happy fairy tale – politics and intrigue are rampant as power struggles between opposing forces divides the land and its people. It is here that a young orphan girl from Kansas first enters the story as a helpless traveler and later becomes Oz’s greatest heroine. Lifted from the pages of L. Frank Baum's Oz books, the history of the land and its strange inhabitants are presented by Page2Stage Entertainment. With a lush, exciting, and oft-times intoxicating score, this world premiere of Oz Anew should not be missed by any Oz fan or book reader. Come see a free preview this weekend at Capitol Hill Pride! Recently, I had a chance to chat with Gershowitz.
MK Scott: Michael, What's new on the Oz front?
Michael Gershowitz: What's new are a bunch of new shows, and events going on along with the reopening of a very old theme park in North Carolina called the Land of Oz. Right now in N.Y.C. there has been a show off-Broadway, The Woodsman [now closed], which is helping my company pave the way to bring the original story to life and to the people. Wicked brought back Oz interest, and The Woodsman will tell audiences that it’s OK to spend money on a musical or play that is based solely on the source material and that MGM is not the be-all or end-all of the Oz world. There are after all 14 Oz books written by Baum and it is a real-life place, not a dream of Dorothy's. Our new Oz musical operetta will show audiences that, and we hope people will go back to reading the book and the books in the series.
MK: So, this weekend at Capitol Hill Pride, we will see a shortened, highlighted version?
Gershowitz: Yes, we will show the people of Seattle what the show and music are like and what they feel like, and what the designs are like. We will be showing you from Dorothy's parents’ funeral all the way to the meeting of the Cowardly Lion.
MK: Tell us about your cast.
Gershowitz: Our cast consists of a small, talented bunch of actors and actresses and a very cute and clever terrier named Hildago. Our Dorothy Gale is played by Weijing Zhou, a student at the University of Washington studying theater and voice, who is a fresh face and talented singer for the part. Emily Robinson, a beautiful singer and great local actress, is playing Emily Blue and both the good witch of the North and the evil witch of the East. RY Glasscock is a local singer playing Henry Blue and Old Crow along with playing the Cowardly Lion, with Benjamin Cournoyer as the Munchkin mayor and Gale Lawyer, along with the “heartless” Nick Chopper (with Tyler Scowcroft as his human counterpart), and as the “brainless” Scarecrow we have Rico Lastrapes, fresh out of Florida and working for Disney parks and different theaters around the world – he will be a great actor and singer for N.Y. and N.Y.C. Rounding out the cast is Hildago, our cute Yorkie and Chihuahua mix for Toto. We also have Bruno Bito as part of the ensemble.
MK: I hear you are heading to New York in the fall?
Gershowitz: Yes, we have a booked run at the Cunneen-Hackett Theatre in my home town of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., bringing the show that I have been working on since I was in middle school. It will be great to bring a finished or semi-finished show to where it started as small scenes in school and in my backyard. I will be adding friends and extended family to the mix helping me with this wonderful show in Poughkeepsie from Sept. 31 to Oct. 2, and then we move into an Off Broadway house in Manhattan for October or November.
MK: How can our readers help?
Gershowitz: You r readers can help us get to N.Y. and Off Broadway by checking out the GoFundMe page and donate. Their donations will help us and also help a local charity in Seattle, Lambert House. We need to raise $60,000 to pull this off, and 10 percent of that money will help the LGBT youth house stay open where it is located. If you help us, you will receive gifts and be listed in all advertising and in all programs and playbills and such. We have a great team including Ron McCain, a Marvel and DC comic artist. Come and see the preview, and stop by the booth and get your Oz character signed by Ron himself. Oz Anew will play the mainstage (near QFC) at the Capitol Hill Pride Festival on Saturday, June 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. To keep track of Oz Anew, check out their website at http://wwozanewmusical.webs.com/.
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SEATTLE SHOWCASE: A Fresh New Look at the Classic Story of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'
There is a new Oz, it's landed in Seattle, and it's "wonderful!"
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical plays the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave., now through Nov. 23.
This version pays closer attention to the original stories by L. Frank Baum, including Baum's own 1902 musical based on his first Oz book.Kirkland Music Academy faculty wrote the show, and credit goes to Page2Stage Entertainment and Full House Productions, along with the creative team of Michael Gershowitz, Joshua Sibley, Tatiana Kruse, Ryan Brown, Susan Heale and CJ Wood.
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A timeless and endearing story, most of us have seen the 1939 MGM movie version of the Wizard of Oz. This new adaptation, written by Michael Gershowitz. This retelling takes us on a magical journey to the land of Oz: an adventure full of talking creatures, magical beings and intrigue. Not to mention, a beautiful love story! The wicked antics of the Witches of the East and West, the capers of the Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion who save the day more than once, the shenanigans of the flying monkeys and Old Crow-- all combine for a lively fable of adventure, love and family.
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Everett musical goes back to the original land of 'Oz'
Kiya Coon, as Dorothy, and Matthew Glazener, as the Lion, star in “Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical” at the Historic Everett Theatre.
Kiya Coon, as Dorothy, and Matthew Glazener, as the Lion, star in “Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical” at the Historic Everett Theatre.
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By Gale Fiege, Herald Writer
EVERETT — Through Nov. 23, the Historic Everett Theatre is in the land of Oz.No, not the Oz of the classic 1939 MGM movie, or even the musicals “The Wiz” or “Wicked.”“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical” pays closer attention to the original stories by L. Frank Baum, including Baum's own 1902 musical based on his first Oz book.Kirkland Music Academy faculty wrote the show, and credit goes to Michael Gershowitz, Joshua Sibley, Tatiana Kruse, Ryan Brown, Susan Heale and CJ Wood.With new music and more back story, this musical is a world premiere in progress, said Jason Goff, an Everett actor who plays the Wizard of Oz.“We really are work-shopping the show, but it's going to be great. The music is awesome,” Goff said. “And Everett audiences will be able to say they saw it first.”Goff, 41, is known locally through his work with Northwest Savoyards, an Everett-based musical theater company now on hiatus. He studied voice at Everett Community College.Along with performing as the Wizard, Goff is the show's narrator.“Acting and singing have been great for me,” he said. “I need this activity.”Goff was working construction in 2000 when he fell 20 feet. He hit concrete pavement and was punctured by rebar. Soon after he battled skin cancer and is now dealing with Crohn's disease.“Still, I have a lot to be grateful for,” he said. “I'm still alive and I hope to perform for the rest of my life.”Goff's construction skills came in handy as the cast built the musical's set for the run at Historic Everett Theatre.“The set is minimalist, but it looks good,” Goff said.“We really hope people will come out to support this new work.”Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; [email protected] Twitter: @galefiege.
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Angelo Thomas's BlogspotAngelo Thomas's Oz Blog.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 Exclusive Interview with Page to Stage Entertainment After a two week absence from the web. Today, I interviewed the folks from Page to Stage Entertainment, the company who is working on "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: A New Musical".
They gave us an inside scoop on the production.
1.) What's the goal in working on this musical? (By that I mean, are you hoping to get it on Broadway, tour, etc.)
All of the above. What we are hoping to do is tour in various cities across the country, starting in Seattle and ending in New York City. Two of the places we are putting on the list are Chicago, and Topeka Kansas. We plan to end in NYC at the American Theater of Actors which is the same off Broadway space that the famous musical Urine Town started before it headed to Broadway a month later.
2.) What is the musical about?
It's the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but not the way MGM or even the producers of the 1902-1914 stage show produced. Our retelling of this story is true to the book, and to the spirit of the books that Baum himself wrote. We dive deeper into the character of the creatures, people, and situations that Baum created. We learn at the beginning of the show that the writer, Baum, has a very, very ill niece. Baum tells her the story of the Magical Land of Oz, placing her into the tale through the character of Dorothy Gale. The scene then changes to a run down farm in Franklin Kansas with Dorothy Gale, an Orphan, and her dog Toto. They are sent to live with her mother's Twin sister, Emily Blue, who married her school beau Henry Blue and stayed on the farm with him. Dorothy's mother had married a Wealthy Merchant and moved to the city of Topeka. Dorothy has done the reverse of the Cinderella tale. She's gone from living a comfortable life, to living a life on the desolate Kansas Prairies with relatives she hardly knows. Her Aunt and Uncle are much to busy to pay her or Toto any mind, or to give her the love she yearns for.
A cyclone then hits the farm, rips up the house and sucks it up into space. We then move to the Land of the East in Oz where the Blue colored Munchkins are being attacked by the Witch of the East. As the witch is hitting them with a cat of nine tails, Dorothy's farmhouse falls from the sky and lands on her, leaving only her SILVER SHOES, not Ruby, but Silver. The house falls, she's killed, and the Munchkins rejoice. Dorothy steps out of the house with Toto, and they are greeted by Locasta the Good Witch of the North (Gilliken Country). She gives Dorothy the silver shoes, and a protective kiss, before asking for advice from her sister Glinda, the good witch of the South (Quadling Country). Glinda tells her to send the child to the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. Dorothy is given a map, and a Diamond ring by the mayor of the town now that the East witch is dead. In the Land of the West (Winkie Country.)
The Witch of the West learns of her sisters death and vows revenge on Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy picks up the Scarecrow, who tells her that he was "Munchkin Made" and has no Brains. He joins her on the Road of Yellow Brick and as they travel, the Witch of the West follows behind and bullies Boq and Milla for information about Dorothy. Dorothy and the Scarecrow then find Nick Chopper (Tin Woodsman) rusted a few feet away from his half built cottage. Dorothy and Scarecrow use his Oil Can to oil him up, and he tells them of his sad story. He was in love, and the Witch of the East used his ax to cut him up and rip out his heart. Dorothy and Scarecrow invite him to join them along the road of Yellow Bricks. As they walk, a large Lion jumps out, and attacks them until Dorothy punches him in the face for trying to eat Toto. We learn that the lion lost his pride to the Witch if the West's Winkies, because he told them to fight and not to hide. He tells the three that he was rescued from the Witch by a man in a top hat and a Balloon. Dorothy talks him into asking Oz for Courage and they're soon off to find the Emerald City of Oz.
While the Witch of the West continues to follow them, they are attacked by Kalidahs near the Munchkin River and have to escape on a raft that Nick Chopper builds. They get sucked towards a whirlpool, and Scarecrow is stuck in the middle of the river until he is rescued by a stork. The lion jumps into the water and rescues the rest of them as he does in the book.
They are then attacked by Sexy Poppy Girls and their queen, and are rescued by Locasta, (like in the 1902 stage show). We have a dance fight with the Poppy's and Jack Frost and his men. The four reach Emerald City, are given Green Glasses to wear, and are shown around by the Soldier with green whiskers. They see the wizard of oz one at a time and are all told to KILL the witch. Not bring back her broom, but kill
her. This ends Act One.
This should at least entice you to want to hear or see more.
3.) How has it been working on the project?
Great at times, hard at others. Michael's been working on these drafts of whats been in his mind since he was 12 years old. Mr. Gershowitz was first introduced to the Wizard of Oz at age three, by his older sister and her best friend. They had their own theater company at the time. Michael has been working in theater since age 12, and on film since he was 17 years old. The hardest part for us has always been the money. Putting up your money and having friends and family help you out is cool, but at times hard. When you feel like you have a great idea, and product out there, you're limited by money. The three best people, besides his family and friends, who looked out for the project from the beginning are Ricardo Cordero, Elies Stimach, and Susan Bucci. They have been with us from the beginning, as part of putting together the new york readings, and reviewing and working on the script. We also need to mention three special Dorothy's, Jessica Rios, who was the first of the first new york Dorothy's, Lauren Lesnick, the second Dorothy, and Grace Woody, the current Dorothy. These three women have made the role of Dorothy their own, and have filled the one dimensional gap that most actresses fall into by trying to bite off of Judy Garland. Michael has also picked up two great guys to work on this project with. One, a great musical theater guy, composer, singer, writer and business partner, Casey Wood, and two, Lindsey Cunningham, a wonderful and creative costumer, co-producer, and lyricist. All of us put a little of ourselves into the script and its music. We've been working on this production since 2007, and had a public reading in Seattle in 2009. Margaret Pellagrini, one of the original MGM munchkins, came to the last weekend of the readings and signed photos, spoke with the audience, and had a meet and greet before and after the readings. It was great. The new poster design is by an up and coming artist named Jon Hammond. We are using music from the original Broadway show (which ran from 1904-1914) along with the new songs by Casey Wood, featuring lyrics by Casey Wood, Lindsey Cunningham, and Michael Gershowitz. We also have William Berloni interested in training one or two of his Toto's for our show. Overall we've gotten to meet and work with great creative people by doing this, and we feel like our Oz projects bring out the best, and most creative part of the people involved.
4.) What do you think fans can expect from the musical?
Fans can expect to see there favorite scenes from the original Oz book on stage, and for those scenes to have the feel of the books, and not the film. We have great scenes, wonderful creatures, and amazing characters that everyone will enjoy seeing come alive on stage. Also, the biggest thing is we have made Dorothy's back story and the stories of the three guys more prominent then ever before. Yes, Wicked the book, and musical has done that. But we are going back to the books, and using what Michael, as the writer, has found from the later books to use as a jumping off point. You get to see themes and scenes that most people either have forgotten about, or don't know, and the music is strong (you can hear it at our website at wwozanewmusical.webs.com). You can't go wrong with silver shoes, and Gothic, hot sexy wicked witches, can you?
I'd like to thank Michael Gershowitz, Casey Wood, Gamon Michaels, and the rest of the folks over at Page to Stage for agreeing to do this interview.
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Wizard of Oz (Dir. Michael Gershowitz - Reading of Classic tale with additions from movie and other media. Presented in August, 2002)
BEST PROFORMER IN A READING:
Susan Bucci - Wizard of Oz - August, 2002 & Halloween Festival (Miss Gulch/ Wicked Witch)
Michael Gershowitz - Wizard of Oz - August, 2002 (Boq/Nikko/ Wizard Of Oz.)/ Halloween
Festival (Cowardly Lion; Boq Mayor)
Jessica Rios - Wizard of Oz - August, 2002 & Halloween Festival (Dorothy Gale)
Sabastion Susnowski - Wizard of Oz - August, 2002 & Halloween Festival (Scarecrow Hunk)
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Dir. Michael Gershowitz)
BEST PROFORMER IN A REDING:
SUSAN BUCCHI - Wizard of Oz (Miss Gulch/ Wicked Witch)
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The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
(A Musical Staged Reading)
Adapted and directed by Michael Gershowitz
Theatre M Sun. 10/27 10:30am; Sun. 11/3 10:30am
After the passing of her parents, Dorothy Gale goes to live with her aunt and uncle in Franklin, Kansas. After living in Kansas for almost a year Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away by a cyclone to the World of Oz. Dorothy meets a talking tin man a dancing scarecrow, a cowardly lion and a pair of the most elegant slippers. She sets off with her friends towards a city of emeralds. She finds herself changing and growing spiritually and by the time her musical journey is over she has finally found a place in her aunt’s heart and a place called home. $7 for adults and $5 for children
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AWARD PREMIERE READING OF
based on the original book (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.) by Baum, with
new and rearranged music by Casey Wood, Michael Gershowitz, Lindsey
Cunningham, L. Frank Baum, Paul Tierjen. with book by Michael
Gershowitz and Casey Wood.
February 27th and 28th @ 4:30 pm and March 1st @ 3:00pm & March 6th and 7th at 4:30 pm and 3:00 pm on the 8th. On March 6th, 7th & 8th Original MGM Munchkin Margaret Pellegrini will be attending, to meet and greet guests before, during, and after the performances. For more info contact the producers and director at [email protected] or order tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com & 1800-838-3006.
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The Seattle Metropolitan Magazine.
Somebody decided to make a new musical out of The Wizard of Oz using the original, long-running 1902 stage version as inspiration. I wouldn’t wish that chore on my worst enemy—“Hey, can you write a memorable song for Dorothy?”—but I am dying of perverse curiosity until this Sunday’s staged reading. And let’s be fair: The Wiz didn’t sound like a good idea at the time, either, but I could name “Ease on Down the Road” in three notes now (and so could you, Butch, so keep your wisecracks to yourself).