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A Cast of Young New York Actors Pumps Fresh Blood into The Wizard of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz - PHOTO COURTESY OF WIZARDOFOZTOUR.COM
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  • The Wizard of Oz
TUESDAY, MARCH 13–SUNDAY, MARCH 18
MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM, RALEIGH
7:30 p.m. nightly/2 p.m. Sat. & Sun.
$26–$98
www.nctheatre.com

Name recognition is the main factor that entices theatrical talents to take on The Wizard of Oz. But it also makes most them think twice. How do you hold your own against, much less top, the iconic performances or the budget-busting sets and special effects of the beloved 1939 MGM film? That's why a very conspicuous few, including Andrew Lloyd Webber, have attempted a stage version in recent years. To be clear, the touring production copresented this week by NC Theatre and Broadway Series South isn't Webber's recent revamp (that one opens next month in Adelaide, Australia). Instead, it's the Paper Mill Playhouse production, which starred Mickey Rooney as the Wizard and Eartha Kitt as the Wicked Witch of the West during its month-long stand at Madison Square Garden in 1998. A cast of young New York actors pumps fresh blood into the classic tale.

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