The musical was very uplifting, through the well-orchestrated music and characters. Even before the show started, the audience was already transported to Oz, through the emerald-green inside decoration of the theatre.
The cast, like in most mega-musicals, was exquisite and very talented. I felt sympathy for Alphaba as the odd one out and we laughed over the superficial jokes of Glinda.
If you look at old pictures of the show, you can see that the design has not changed much. Far more impressive then the set, were the projections. The use of this modern technology, helped following the mood and set changes. While the aspects of the performance were amazing, I missed something.
I felt the story was rushed and I kept thinking about that they might not have started with a flashback. The flashback is used as a trick to engage the audience and to make them anticipate. When the audience made their mind up about who is “good” and who “evil” at the first place, they will be proved wrong when the curtain calls. So, I understand why they used the flashback, but I think the story is rich and engaging enough to and it does not need this trick.
Costume Designer: Susan Hilferty, Set Designer: Eugene Lee, Projection Designer: Elaine J. Mc Carthy