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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s version of The Wizard of Oz flies out of Detroit today, but there are still two performances you can attend. The show is an improvement on the MGM film version, and re-interpretation of the book. L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” is inherently poignant and laced with understated humor. And the stage show uses all those classic tunes by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.

This show has amazing stagecraft, costumes, and new comedic lines. The wicked witch is a lot softer than the MGM version, and she comes out into the audience to speak some of her lines. There are lots of surprises in this show that make it worth seeing. But you have to hurry, people come and go in this show very quickly!

Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ range from $24 - $79 (includes parking and facility fees) at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 1-800-982-2787, online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.broadwayindetroit.com and at the Fisher Theatre box office. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Detroit Opera House

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.

Principal Cast Bios

DANIELLE WADE (Dorothy) After capturing hearts on the CBC television show “Over the Rainbow,” Danielle went on to lead the Canadian company in Oz’s North American premiere. She is thrilled to be reprising her role for the tour! Danielle has completed two years in the fine arts program at the University of Windsor. Other Theatre credits include: Janet (The Drowsy Chaperone) Edinburgh Festival, Elle Woods (Legally Blonde), and Cinderella (Into the Woods) for WLMT. Love.

JAY BRAZEAU (Professor Marvel/The Wizard) Jay’s career highlights include Hairspray (Edna Turnbald; Mirvish Productions), Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair) and Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye). Film and TV credits include Watchmen, Double Jeopardy, Jinxed, “The West Wing” and “Supernatural.” Jay has received seven Jessie Theatre Awards, a Pittsburgh Press Critic’s Award for Best Actor of the Year (1987) and was nominated for a Gemini Award for Harlen in the series “Stargate SG-1.” He will be in the upcoming film Horns starring Daniel Radcliff.

JACQUELYN PIRO DONOVAN (Miss Gulch/ The Wicked Witch of the West) Broadway/Tours: Les Misérables (Cosette and Fantine, only actor in Broadway’s original production to play both!), Miss Saigon (Ellen), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Mama Who), Sunset Boulevard (Betty), big (Susan), The Secret Garden (Lily), Sweet Adeline (Encores!). Off Broadway: I Remember Mama, Under the Bridge, The Ark, Have a Nice Life, Closer Than Ever. Favorites: The Witches of Eastwick, 110 in the Shade (Helen Hayes Award), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (CT. Critics Award), Grey Gardens (Edie). Web: Facebook - Twitter/Jacquely333

MIKE JACKSON (Hickory/Tin Man) Broadway: Chicago. U.S. tours: Chicago and Contact. Other Theater: Kiss Me Kate, Evita (Stratford Festival), How to Succeed..., Man of La Mancha (Drayton), Seussical, Oklahoma, Joseph...(Aquarius), Anne of Green Gables (Japan), Cats, Starlight Express (Germany). TV/Film: The Producers, Glitter, Once a Upon a Mattress, “Missing,” “Queer as Folk.” Choreography: Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Full Monty (Aquarius), La Cage (Neptune), All Shook Up, Joseph..., The Producers, Little Shop of Horrors (Stage West).

LEE MacDOUGALL (Zeke/Lion) For Mirvish Productions, Lee was Harry in the original cast of Mamma Mia! (Toronto and U.S. tour), and Smokey in Damn Yankees. Selected credits include The Boyfriend (Stratford Festival), Urinetown (CanStage) and Guys and Dolls (Theatre Calgary, Citadel). Also a playwright, his plays include High Life, The Gingko Tree and an adaptation of W.O. Mitchell’s Who Has Seen the Wind. As a director: Glory Days, Beauty and The Beast, The Producers, Joseph, and All Shook Up. www.Leemacdougall.ca.

JAMIE McKNIGHT (Hunk/Scarecrow) Selected theatre credits: Toronto - The Producers, The Toxic Avenger, Hair, Annie Get Your Gun, Go-Go Beach; Stratford Festival - Oklahoma! and King Lear; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Theatre New Brunswick); A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Hair ( The Grand Theatre, London, Ontario). In 2008, he toured as one of The Canadian Tenors. Jamie would like to thank his Mom and Dad.

ROBIN EVAN WILLIS (Glinda) As a longstanding ensemble member of Canada’s Shaw Festival, Robin has appeared in Heartbreak House (Ellie), One Touch of Venus (Venus), French Without Tears (Diana), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), A Little Night Music (Anne), The Millionairess (Polly) and Sunday in the Park with George (Celeste) among other productions. Credits elsewhere: Goblin Market, Othello, Amadeus, and Man of La Mancha. Robin is a graduate of Queen’s University and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

NIGEL (Toto) was rescued from the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society by guardian/trainer, William Berloni in 2008. He follows in a long line of Totos trained by Mr. Berloni. In 2009 he appeared as “Toto” in The Wiz opposite Ashanti in New York City. He has been on the “Today Show” and “Dogs 101.” He also appeared in the major motion picture Someday This Pain Will be Useful with Marcia Gay Harden and Toby Regbo.

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