Sunday, January 3, 2016

And the Yellow Brick Road Leads to . . . . Pittsburgh

Scene from the "Wizard of Oz"

    The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the North American tour of the new stage adaptation of THE WIZARD OF OZ will play January 6 through January 11, 2016 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.  Due to a scheduling conflict, the January 5 performance has been rescheduled to Monday, January 11, at 7:30pm.  THE WIZARD OF OZ is part of the 2015-16 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series, presented by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony, and Broadway Across America.
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.
    In Pittsburgh, Nick Morgan will perform as part of the Ensemble.  Morgan was born and bred in Monroeville/North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.  Three Point Park alumni—Dorsey Ziller, Dominick Sannelli and Will Geoghegan—will also perform as members of the Ensemble.
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 all the family.  For more information visit www.wizardofozthemusical.com
    


    At Heinz Hall, THE WIZARD OF OZ will play Wednesday, January 6 through Monday, January 11, 2016, with performances Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and Monday at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets ($31-$78) will be available at the Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue, and online at TrustArts.org/Broadway.  To charge tickets by phone, call (412) 456-4800, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from Noon – 4:00 p.m.  Orders for groups of ten (10) or more may be placed by calling (412) 471-6930.
    On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh ticket holders are invited to attend a free pre-show talk, one-hour before the show starts, at the Trust Arts Education Center, located at 805-807 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. Know the Show Before You Go is hosted by Christopher Rawson, senior theater critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and KDKA-TV.  This program allows patrons to gain deeper insight on each production that graces the Pittsburgh stage this Broadway season.  For more information and complete schedule of upcoming Know The Show Before You Go programs during the 2014-2015 PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh series, please visit: www.TrustArts.org/KnowtheShow.
    For more information about the PNC Broadway In Pittsburgh series, please call 412-456-6666 or visit www.TrustArts.org.

LEAD CAST BIOGRAPHIES

SARAH LASKO (Dorothy) National tour debut! Favorite credits include The Fantasticks (Luisa), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet), She Loves Me (Amalia), and The Crucible (Abigail). UMCP graduate. Love and immense gratitude to JDC, Achilles, the Oz team, and my incredible family. www.sarahlasko.com
MARK A. HARMON (Professor Marvel/The Wizard) National Tours: Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright), Hairspray (Wilbur Turnblad). Regional: The Normal Heart (Felix Turner), Urinetown (Mr. McQueen), Art (Yvonne), Charles 1776 (Thompson), A Christmas Carol (Ebenezer Scrooge), A Little Night Music (Fredrik Egerman), A Funny Thing … Forum (Marcus Lycus).
SHANI HADJIAN (Miss Gulch/ The Wicked Witch of the West) Ohio Native. National Tours: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Fancy Nancy. Off- Broadway: Fancy Nancy. Regional highlights: Spamalot, As You Like It, Les Miserables, Caroline, or Change. BFA – The Hartt School. Thank you Creatives, JDC, Planet H, and Emily. @shadjian  www.shanihadjian.com
AARON FRIED (Zeke/Lion) Tours: Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Addams Family, Grease. New York: Sowa’s Red Gravy. Regional: Ogunquit, North Shore, Gateway, Theatre By The Sea. Training: Ithaca College, BFA. Thanks to the creative team, Joe, my friends and family for their support!
JAY MCGILL (Hickory/Tin Man) Regional: West Virginia Public Theatre (two seasons) Television: “Being Erica,” “The Latest Buzz,” “Wingin’ It,” “Super Why (Aladdin).” Proud graduate of CCM (University of Cincinnati). Thanks to Mom, Dad and The Price Group.
MORGAN REYNOLDS (Hunk/Scarecrow) is living his childhood dreams of following the yellow brick road! Performing theater worldwide and 7 years with The Walt Disney Company. Love to Mom, Dad, Jodi and Jeff! Like his selfies and follow his tour shenanigans on Instagram @MorganWReynolds
RACHEL WOMBLE (Glinda) is thrilled to be making her National Tour debut! Training: Rice University (BA), NYU (MM). Favorite credits: Forum (Philia), 1776 (Martha), and Carousel (Julie). Special thanks to the Oz team, my family, Sam, and YOU for supporting live theatre! Psalm 37:4. rachelwomble.com
RANDY CHARLEVILLE (Uncle Henry) Tours: Flashdance & Phantom of the Opera. Off- Broadway: Rasputin & Definitely Doris. TV: “Tony Awards” w/Liza Minnelli, “ESPY Awards” & “Gossip Girl.” Tremendous thanks to God, Mom, Aunt Betty & the entire creative team for this amazing opportunity!
EMMANUELLE ZEESMAN (Auntie Em) National Tours/Off- Broadway: Christmas Carol, Little Mermaid, Passion and five seasons with Symphony Orchestras through four continents. Regional: Guys and Dolls, Tommy, Blood Brothers (CCC Award Winner Best Actress). For mom, dad, Jade, Jérémie, Eliana, David and Gramma!  www.emmanuellezeesman.com


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