The Wizard of Oz
We’re off to see the Wizard! This timeless tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow – only to discover there’s no place like home – has been charming audiences for generations. Follow the yellow brick road all the way to the Emerald City in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s enduring classic. Filled with brains, heart, and courage, and featuring the iconic score from the MGM film, The Wizard of Oz is fun for the whole family!
Running Time: APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS, 15 MINUTES with INTERMISSION
L. FRANK BAUM
Music and Lyrics
HAROLD ARLEN AND E.Y. HARBURG
Dance & Vocal Arrangements
Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company
Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by
Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros
Directed by: Paige Price
Music Direction by: Ryan O’Connell
Choreographed by: Jimmy Locust
Janis Fox Thompson in memory of Bette Fox
Evalyn M Bauer Foundation, Ellen Chase, Family & Friends of Barbara Lederer, Dr David R Federick and Jasmine P Calzada, Duane Rose Trust
Youth Performance Underwriters:
Don Black & Judy McNulty Black, Jerene Chiaro, Brian & Jana Kelly, Larry & Shari Nemirow, Frank & Margie Newell, Joan Wells, Janice Fischer & Jack Van Horn
This family-friendly show is rated G.
Drugs and Alcohol
The movie version of this musical is rated G.
Reviews & Press
It’s a show you don’t want to miss as our four heroes encounter wicked adversaries, mischievous creatures, and even flying monkeys in a production with stunning special effects and Broadway caliber performances.
It’s the talent that lights up MTW’s stage, from iconic main characters to child-actor munchkins and even a real little dog as Toto.
Executive Director Paul Garman and company have accomplished the insurmountable as they have realized the staggering imaginative appeal of the movie and have made it every bit as engaging onstage with not just faithful performances, but a behind-the-scenes staff who have fashioned breathtaking visuals and special effects that any Broadway theatre would be fortunate to have.
Leianna Weaver (Dorothy Gale) is thrilled to be making her Musical Theatre West debut! She is a BFA Acting graduate from Cal State Fullerton. Most recently, Leianna played Qing in the staged concert of the new musical Noble Family (McCoy Rigby Entertainment). She would like to thank the artistic team for their faith in her, the team at ATB Talent for their guidance, and her loved ones for their support. She dedicates her performance to McKenna, her friend in the place behind the sun.
Erik Scott Romney (The Scarecrow) started his career as a dancer, and has since gone from Balanchine to Broadway. Erik has appeared and starred in multiple productions throughout Southern California, including his hometown Palm Springs. Erik was most recently seen at the McCallum Theater, in last year’s production of Cabaret, as the Emcee. Before that, he was featured in the West Coast Regional Premiere of Something Rotten! and Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn (Musical Theatre West). Erik is looking to one day play the titular role in Beetlejuice: The Musical. Until then, you can find him advocating, as a certified volunteer, for the restoration of the Historic Plaza Theatre in Palm Springs. Erik is also expected to debut his solo show “A Little Different” this Summer. Favorite Regional credits: Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein (Igor), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Patsy), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Barfeé), Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), A Chorus Line (Mike), West Side Story (Riff), The Pirates of Penzance (Sergeant), Reefer Madness (Ralph). TV/Film: “Glee” (Season 1). Other: “AMDA Los Angeles Alumni” www.erikromney.com |www.savetheplazatheatreps.org
Michael James (The Tin Man) is making his Musical Theater West debut! A New York transplant that is finding a new career here in Los Angeles! Regional Houses include: Goodspeed Opera House (Bye Bye Birdie), Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera (Altar Boyz, Newsies, Mamma Mia!), Maltz Jupiter Theater (West Side Story, How to Succeed…, Chicago), Sacramento Music Circus (Mamma Mia!) and La Mirada PAC (Newsies, Mamma Mia!). Television: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. Michael is a Point Park University alumnus with a BFA Musical Theater and Dance, a proud member of AEA, and represented by Firestarter Entertainment. Big thanks to Paige Price, Jimmy Locust, Ryan O’Connell, Bren Thor, Stage Management, and everyone involved in this process. He dedicates his performance to his Nana who owned a copy of The Wizard of Oz and watched on loop at her house. Love you mucho family! @heyitsmichaeljbrown
William Hartery (The Cowardly Lion) is over the rainbow to return to MTW, having previously appeared in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis) and Oliver! (Mr. Bumble) Favorite regional credits include: The Producers (Max Bialystock) Palace Theatre, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth) Walnut St. Theatre, Elf the Musical (Santa) Theatre Under the Stars, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas starring Sally Struthers (Mayor/Senator Wingwoah) Ogunquit Playhouse, Treasure Island (George Merry) Fulton Theatre, On the 20th Century starring Alice Ripley (Oliver) Overture Productions, National Tour: Cats (Gus/Growltiger/Bustopher Jones) William also originated the role of Hades in Disney’s first ever all villains musical, Villains Tonight! for Disney Cruise Lines. During the Christmas Season, he is in high demand as a professional Santa Claus, known as The Singing Santa. Huge thanks to this cast, crew, and creative team! Proud member AEA.
Sarah Uriarte Berry (Glinda, the Good Witch)– Broadway: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Light in the Piazza (Drama Desk/Outer Critics nominations -Best Supporting), Les Miserables,Taboo, Next to Normal, End of the Rainbow, Cinderella (New York City Opera), Bernstein’s Mass (Carnegie Hall), Sunset Boulevard (Nat’l Tour), Carousel (Royal National Theater tour), A Little Night Music (Pasadena Playhouse), Sondheim on Sondheim (Hollywood Bowl), Master Class (Papermill). Film/TV: Frontera, Pretty Bird, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Concerts: “Porch Song Trilogy” (Greenroom 42), “Disney Princess-The Concert”, Soloist with symphonies across the United States. @iamsarahuriarteberry
Erica Hanrahan (The Wicked Witch of the West) is thrilled to be returning to MTW having previously been seen as Mrs. Mullin in their production of Carousel. Theatre credits: Sweat (MRE) starring Jennifer Holliday, Mrs. Woormwood in Matilda and Fraulein Kost in Cabaret (La Mirada Theatre), The Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd (SCR), Aldonza opposite Richard White in Man of La Mancha, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Desiree in A Little Night Music, and Heather in I’m Still Getting My Act Together… (Directed by and starring Gretchen Cryer). TV/Film credits include Call Me Kat, The United States of Al, Alexa & Katie, The Office, Rules of Engagement, HIMYM, Body of Proof, and ‘Til Death. Thanks to Anthony @ DDO. Proud member of AEA & SAG-AFTRA.
Jason Graae (The Wizard) Broadway: A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (Off Broadway), Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (Drama Desk Nomination- Best Actor in a Musical), Forever Plaid, Olympus On My Mind. National tours include Wicked (The Wizard of Oz), Falsettos (Mendel) and the LA production of Ragtime (Houdini). Jason won an LA Drama Critics Circle Award for Outstanding contribution to Musical Theatre and an Ovation Award for Forbidden Broadway. TV shows include Friends, Frasier, Six Feet Under, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and he was the voice of Lucky the Leprechaun for Lucky Charms Cereal. At MTW, he appeared as Cookie in Nice Work if You Can Get It, King George in Spamilton and directed their first post-pandemic show, A Grand Night For Singing. Oh and he was proud to make his Dirtbag Stadium debut in MTW’s 30th anniversary reunion concert of Forever Plaid.
Dennis Holland (Uncle Henry, u/s The Wizard) is thrilled to be making his Carpenter Center debut, having recently moved to Long Beach from NYC. He has appeared both on and off-Broadway and at regional theatres across the country, and performed the role of Doc in the 60th anniversary tour of West Side Story in 22 cities, including Dublin, Paris, Zurich, Vienna, Dubai, Tokyo, Auckland and Shanghai. He is an award-winning voiceover artist with over 200 audiobooks to his credit. Thanks to Annie, Claire, Will and Shelley.
Dekontee Tucrkile (Ensemble) is a Los Angeles native! She’s excited to be making her MTW debut near her hometown of Bellflower! Recent theatre credits are Ragtime, The Addams Family, A Little Night Music, She Loves Me, and Mamma Mia!. Dekontee has 27,900 followers on Tiktok and was featured in Music Notes’ blog and BroadwayWorld.com. Thank you to Natalie and the team at LA Talent, Ally Taylor, her family, friends, and Joseph for all the support.
Brianna Liddi (Ensemble, u/s Glinda) recently graduated with her BFA from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Brianna is thrilled to be making her Musical Theatre West debut right in her hometown: Long Beach, CA! Some of her favorite roles include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, and Mama Ogre/Thelonius in Shrek. A huge thank you to her loving family who are her biggest supporters. The Wizard of Oz has such a special place in her heart and she is so excited to be sharing this beautiful story with you all.
David Kirk Grant (Winkie General, u/s Uncle Henry) MTW credits: Bright Star and Ragtime. National tours: 1st National tour of Bright Star (Dr. Norquist, u/s Mayor Dobbs, Daddy Murphy), 42nd Street (Julian Marsh), The Music Man (Charlie Cowell/Harold Hill), H.M.S. Pinafore (Dick Deadeye), The Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King). Regional: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (The Old Globe), Kiss Me, Kate(Pasadena Playhouse), Side Show (La Jolla Playhouse, dir. Bill Condon), Parade, Man of La Mancha (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award nom.), Once, The Producers, Evita, Footloose, Ring of Fire. TV/Film: NBC’s The Office, Journeyman, Spud, The Thin Line. Thanks to Anthony Boyer and the DDO artist Agency!
TJ Punchard (Ensemble, u/s The Scarecrow) is stoked to be making his debut at MTW! Previous credits include: Quasimodo (Hunchback of Notre Dame), Richie (A Chorus Line), Nicely Nicely Johnson (Guys and Dolls), Horton the Elephant (Seussical), Man #1 (Songs for a New World), Piers Gaveston (Edward the Second – NYC Off-Broadway Premiere), Maximilion (Candide – Off-Broadway), John (Miss Saigon), Prince Topher (Cinderella – Tour), Rum Tum Tugger (Cats – Tour), Mitch Mahoney (Spelling Bee – NJACT Award: Best Supporting Actor). Special thanks to God, family, and friends for the love and support. @tjpunchard
Jacob Matthews (Ensemble, u/s The Cowardly Lion) is thrilled to be making his professional debut! He grew up training at Hackworth School of Performing Arts in Massachusetts. He’s taught hip hop and musical theatre styles at multiple dance studios. He recently earned his BFA at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Some of his favorite roles have been Tank in Zanna Don’t, Officer Barrel in Urinetown and Robert Martin in The Drowsy Chaperone. He would like to thank Mom, Dad, Nyx, Regina, James and all of his amazon teachers!
Taleen Shrikian (Ensemble, u/s The Wicked Witch) is thrilled to be making her MTW debut! Stage credits include: Evita (National Tour); Grease (La Mirada/MRE); Kinky Boots (Moonlight Amphitheatre); Mamma Mia!, West Side Story (5-Star Theatricals); Cabaret (Plan-B/Alaska PAC); Legally Blonde (Candlelight Pavilion); In the Heights (Lewis Family Playhouse); Kiss Me, Kate (SoCal Symphony); A Christmas Carol ’15-’19, Madwoman of Chaillot (A Noise Within). Big thanks to Paige, Jimmy, and Ryan for the wonderful opportunity and to Taleen’s family, friends, and James at Bloc for their endless love and support!
Erin Dubreuil (Ensemble, u/s Dorothy) is absolutely thrilled to be back at MTW after appearing in Cinderella and 9 to 5! Other favorite credits include Carrie in Carrie: The Musical (UCLA), Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Nanette in No, No, Nanette (Candlelight Pavilion), 42nd Street (3D Theatricals), and 42nd Street, Evita, and The Who’s Tommy (PVPA). Erin is a proud graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television. Many thanks to her supportive family and friends, her team at KMR, and the The Wizard of Oz creative team, cast, and crew!
Julia Doty (Ensemble) is on the verge of blacking out due to panic and excitement from making her MTW debut with The Wizard of Oz! Recent credits: Suzanne (Amélie), Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors), and Robin Tyler (Dear Harvey). Gratitude to her friends and family for all their love and support (love y’all, you crazy people <3). ETL!
Allen Lucky Weaver (Nikko) is excited make his MTW debut with The Wizard of Oz. Tour: Miss Saigon (Thuy u/s). Regional: Rent (Angel u/s Media Theatre), La Cage Aux Folles (Jacob – East West Players, Cygnet Theater), A Christmas Carol (Young Scrooge – Cygnet Theater). World Premiere: On This Side of The World (Choreographer – East West Players), Eighty-Sized (Joey – Diversionary Theatre), Fixed (Jenny – Echo Theatre Co.) Thanks to MTW, Paige, Jimmy, and Ryan! Much love to his husband and family. IG: @allenluckyweaver
DarRand Hall (Ensemble) is excited to make their debut here on the MTW stage. Some of their favorite credits include Rent (Tom Collins), Mickey and Minnie’s Snowtacular Show at The El Capitan Theatre, The View Upstairs (Willie), Ragtime, Shrek the Musical (Donkey), In The Heights, Memphis, Legally Blonde, Something Rotten!, The Addams Family, Hairspray, The Little Mermaid, and A Chorus Line. Many thanks to the cast, crew, and production team for this opportunity! To my family and friends, I treasure you! @darrandism
Quintan Craig (Ensemble, u/s The Tinman)“Q” is proud to be back home at Musical Theatre West! Recent Credits: An American in Paris, u/s Jerry (MTW) Cinderella, u/s Prince Topher (MTW), Beauty and the Beast (MRE), Ragtime, Dance Captain (MTW), 42nd Street, Billy Lawlor (3DT), Something Rotten! (MTW). He can also be heard on MTI’s recordings of Chicago (Billy Flynn), West Side Story (Riff), and Newsies (Jack/Romeo). Quintan is a graduate of Belmont University in Nashville, TN. All my love to Vee and the Fam Bam. Hangin’ a star on this for Nana. @Quintan_Craig
Rachel Beard (Youth Ensemble) is an 8th grader at Marshall Academy of the Arts. She has performed in Elf and Yankee Doodle Dandy (Young Georgette) with MTW. At school she has played Anna in Frozen Jr and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde Jr. Rachel studies and performs with Orange County Song & Dance.
James dela Cruz (Youth Ensemble) is excited to make his musical theatre debut and is grateful for the opportunity. He attends South Coast Repertory and trains vocals with Drew Tablak. His credits include Aladdin (Sultan), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), and The Lion King (Zazu) at TKTC. Special thanks to his family for their love and support.
Amelia Fischer (Youth Ensemble) is delighted to be back on stage with MTW, where she previously appeared in Carousel when she was only 5-years-old. More recent credits include: Winter Lights: A Journey Home (Alex) at the Discovery Cube Science Center, The Addams Family (Pugsley) at Torrance Theatre Company, Fun Home (John) at Kentwood Players, and Annie (Molly) at Glendale Centre Theatre.
Savannah Fischer (Youth Ensemble) is honored to be performing again with Musical Theatre West! She first appeared in MTW’s Carousel, and has since performed in other regional productions, including Sunday…with George (Musical Theatre Guild) and Annie (Glendale Centre Theatre). Other favorite credits: Amaryllis in The Music Man (5-Star Theatricals) and Small Allison in Fun Home (Conundrum Theatre Company).
Faith Graham (Youth Ensemble) is so excited to be performing in her first professional theatre production! Past credits include the title role in Annie; Dragon in Shrek: The Musical; and Ariel in The Little Mermaid Jr. Faith would like to thank her family for all of their support. @grahams_of_faith
Chloe Hanser (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production. This is her 8th musical. Her debut role was Young Anna in Frozen Jr. When not on stage, Chloe enjoys playing with her 8 pets and dancing. She would like to thank everyone at MTW. Enjoy the show!
Becca Last (Youth Ensemble) MTW Debut! Theatre: Once (Ivonka) at Laguna Playhouse and CCAE, The Sound of Music (Gretl), A Christmas Carol (Tiny Tim), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – La Mirada Theatre. TV: Robogobo (Disney Jr.) Instagram: @itsbeccalast
Catherine Last (Youth Ensemble) Theatre: Waitress (National Tour), Sunday in the Park with George (CCAE), Joseph…Dreamcoat (La Mirada), Matilda (McCoy Rigby), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Glendale Centre Theatre), A Christmas Carol (GCT, Highlands), appearing next month as Brigitta in The Sound of Music. Film/TV: “Unfrosted” (Netflix), “Home Economics” (ABC), “Mr. Mom” (MGM/Vudu), “Bugs Bunny Builders” (HBOmax) @thelastkids
Elizabeth Last (Youth Ensemble) Theatre: Waitress (National Tour), Sunday in the Park with George (CCAE), Joseph…Dreamcoat (La Mirada), Matilda (McCoy Rigby), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Glendale Centre Theatre), A Christmas Carol (GCT, Highlands), appearing next month as Brigitta in The Sound of Music Film/TV: Home Economics (ABC), Mr. Mom (MGM/Vudu), Bird Box (Netflix), Babysplitters (AppleTV+). @thelastkids
Maisie Oliveros (Youth Ensemble) is 10 years old and loves to sing. She has been singing on stage since she was 3. Her most memorable performance was singing “On My Own” at Carnegie Hall for a recital. She also love sports and was a pitcher in the Long Beach Heartwell Fastpitch Softball League.
Daniela Somers (Youth Ensemble) is thrilled to be in her first production at MTW. She loves theater and has done a number of shows with TKTC of Long Beach. Notably she was in The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Beauty and the Beast (Mrs. Potts) and The Jungle Book (Mowgli.) Daniela is represented by FSE. She lives in LB and will be attending Roger’s Middle School in the fall.