The Wizard Of OZ

Published: Friday, August 8, 2014 By: Gary Chattman Source: The Westchester News
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             Tim Nolan has a thoughtful brain and great talent as he portrays the Scarecrow; likewise Chris Kind as the Tinman—who has a great acting heart.   Glinda is the luminescent Michelle Dawson; Nicole Tori reincarnates (wonderfully, I might add) Margaret Hamilton.  “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead…which old witch?”  The fabulous Ms. Tori.

Let’s not forget the trainer of Annie-on-Broadway’s Sandy—William Berloni—who has trained the show’s Toto!  Kudos for Nigel!

             “We’re Off to See the Wizard”, and a wonderful wizard he is—on stage.  Ken Jennings—of Broadway fame, frightens us with the magical set design by Stephen Loftus and the fanciful lighting genius of Andrew Gmoser.

               Did I mention the wonderful ensemble!  Now I did!

            Usually regional theatre skimps on costumes, sets—even actors.  It’s hard to turn a profit if you spend lavishly—to give Off Broadway (we’re only “45 Minutes from Broadway”) audiences what they pay enormous sums of ticket money for on Broadway.

But Stutler and Funking have outdone themselves with this show.   They give their audiences a BETTER show than we can find currently on Broadway.  And they aren’t cheap!  They get the best talent, the finest costumes, the most elaborate sets.  Yes, they treat their audiences to a very “Merry Old Land of Oz.”

            Go to the Westchester Broadway Theatre and re-visit Dorothy and all her friends.  Order roast beef.   Get a drink.  Relax and enjoy.   It doesn’t cost nearly as much as those Broadway shows; it’s closer and there is also free parking.  “We’re Off to See the Wizard” at the Westchester Broadway Theatre!

Gary Chattman, Press:  Entertainment/Broadway Columnist (With help from his grandson, Ryan)