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Monday, June 21, 2010

Monday To-Do: 'The Wizard of Oz'

Posted By on Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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'THE WIZARD OF OZ'
7:30 p.m., Robinson Center Music Hall. $27-$52.

Has there ever been a family film more ingrained into the popular Western consciousness than "The Wizard of Oz?" Clicking shoes, the Wicked Witch of the West, the golden road: It's all become part of our day-to-day imagery. So, naturally, when a theater troupe attempts to take the classic to stage, it has to do it faithfully and with all the attention to detail and devotion of, say, "Hamlet." Based on early reviews, it looks like this national tour has pulled it off: the gorgeous emerald and gold palette, the costumes, the songs, the whole feel of the original appear to be painstakingly faithful to the 1939 classic. (Maybe a bit too much for this writer, who has an all-too-real, deep-seated and borderline-incapacitating fear of those damn flying monkeys.) Oz by way of Kansas comes to Little Rock's Robinson Center Music Hall for a limited engagement that should pack the house through its four-day run, ending June 24.

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