L. Frank Baum’s famous children’s novel The Wizard of Oz has seen many incarnations. From the first ever staged version in the 1930s to the MGM studio film starring Judy Garland to the Broadway smash hit Wicked, this story has grown to be one of the theatre worlds most performed tales ever. See it in its latest incarnation as Oz The Musical this Tuesday, December 8 at the Murat Theatre Centre (now the Old National Centre) in Indianapolis downtown. This updated version of Dorothy’s classic tale is not the same one your grandmother remembers watching on the silver screen as a little girl.
Updated by Todrick D. Hall, who first gained recognition on Broadway for his performance in Oprah’s Broadway production of The Color Purple, Oz the Musical creates a wonderful Land of Oz for the twenty first century kid. Hall has been all over the New York theatre circuit. From performing in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the world famous Rockettes to understudying the role of Harpo and working as supporting characters in Oprah’s The Color Purple, Hall has seen it all in his young career. The touring production of Oz the Musical, which comes to the Circle City this week, is the ninth production of his original musical. In addition to Oz the Musical, Hall has written three other original musicals.
|Video: Oz the Musical comes to the Murat Theatre Centre, Indianapolis, Indiana
For a special treat to Indianapolis performing arts, Aundrea Fimbers, of Making the Band 3 with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs fame, will star as Dorothy in this version of Oz the Musical. You saw her on the small screen in both the first and second seasons of this hit show struggling to be part of a new hit band. Ultimately she was chosen to be part of the new girl band Danity Kane. They released their first album, which sold over one million copies. After leaving the band, Aundrea has decided to focus on a solo music career and a career as an actress. See this powerhouse voice bring new life to Todrick D. Hall’s original score.
On top of these super stars of television and Broadway, see some young Hoosier actors get in on the action in this production of Oz the Musical. In every town that Oz the Musical tours into to, kids are chosen to participate as flying monkeys, munchkins and other small parts. See great Indianapolis kids try their hand at Broadway stardom this week in Indianapolis. They auditioned back in November and have been working hard in rehearsals to be ready for tonight’s performance of Oz the Musical. Come support these Indianapolis kids as they take on the role of a lifetime.
For more information on Oz the Musical, visit the show’s official website. Introduce your children to new and different Indianapolis arts and theatres this holiday season. See Oz the Musical as the Murat Theatre Centre!
Taking someone special to the show? Make the evening extra special with dinner from any of these great Indianapolis restaurants. Take a stroll around Monument Circle after the performance to enjoy the Circle City Lights display on the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument in the heart of Indianapolis downtown. Or check out the cool Indianapolis bars along the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Mass Ave. Stay tuned to Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on holiday fun things to do in Indianapolis. With plenty of advice on great Indianapolis shopping and Indianapolis hotels, we make the holidays and entertaining out of town guests stress free!
Oz the Musical
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Murat Theatre Centre (Old National)
502 N New Jersey St
Indianapolis, IN 46204