If you live in the Tampa area, I want to apologize for being late to the game with this post, but it really only just occurred to me to write about this. Unfortunately, if this post does get you wanting to see the play, I'm sorry to say they've already left! But I just had to write about it anyway because I loved it so much and wanted to share our experience with you!
Adam and I really enjoy going to plays with my family (my Mom's a huge fan). Going to plays is one of our favorite things to do together, and makes for a great date night (I'll be sharing a post about our favorite date nights, so stay tuned). After every play, Adam and I talk and talk about them. Plus, going to the theatre is quite romantic, in my opinion, as it's such a classic, timeless date with an old-timey feel. I just love the atmosphere in theatres. As soon as we walked in to the Straz, we spotted little girls with bright, sparkly red shoes, which was pretty darn adorable.
Ah. I don't even know how to adequately put how I felt about this play into words. I just LOVED it!! Andrew Lloyd Webber crushed it. The play starts off strong, with an amazing set of the farm that is a trick on the eyes. The way it was designed seriously creates an optical illusion, with so much dimension that makes you feel like you're. right. there. The colors and scenery so accurately mirror the on-screen landscapes, and the nostalgia instantly hits you in the heart.
Dorothy's farm outfit was on. point. She makes wearing overalls look so cool and effortlessly chic. ;) Sarah Lasko played the part, and my goodness, was she flawless in her performance (and hit those high notes like T-Swift only wishes she could. Also, check out that background - I just love the brownish hues of the flat Kansas landscape.
Isn't this set amazing?! I felt like I was in Oz. By the way, I thought it was incredible how much the actors reminded me of the original stars. 1939 Dorothy was transported into 2016. It's crazy just how reminiscent every aspect of this production was to the original movie. Andrew Lloyd Webber re-created a classic that was entertaining to people of all ages; however, I wouldn't recommend seeing this play with very young children as they might get scared from the Wicked Witch and flying monkey parts.
Even though this was a musical (I personally love them, but know that a lot of people are turned off by them), I will say that the musical aspect was absolutely necessary because it kept it even truer to the movie. We were able to hear some of our beloved old tunes, such as "We're Off to See the Wizard", and "Over the Rainbow". The cast was very talented at singing (I will say that I have cringed during a couple musicals), and there was a live orchestra playing below the stage, which was absolutely incredible. Overall, the music was amazing, and I caught myself singing along at some points haha.
Something else that I appreciated from this play is how it included a gay Lion. I think this was appropriate (and Aaron Fried was so fantastic and funny), and promoted diversity and inclusivity. It made the play even more special, in my opinion, as it made the Lion into a more dynamic, unique and charming character.
All in all, this is an amazing play that I highly recommend seeing if you're able to. Whether it's just you and a special someone on date night or you want to bring the kiddos along, you will not be disappointed! Now, I'm off to find me some sparkly red shoes before "Wicked" comes to town.
P.S. I'll also be sharing my top 5 tips for theatre night soon, so make sure to check back!
*Note: I did not take any of these pictures. Taking photos of the show is not allowed!
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