The Broadway National Tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” along with Centre College’s Homecoming prove there truly is “no place like home” this October at the Norton Center
Danville, Kentucky — The greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful Wizard of Oz, twists its way into Danville on October 26 in time for Centre College’s Homecoming! Audiences will be captivated by this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography, and classic songs all sweeping across the stage in Newlin Hall.
“One of my favorite films growing up was The Wizard of Oz,” said Norton Center executive director, Steve Hoffman. “It had it all: great songs, a wicked tornado, polarized witches, lovable local folk, and those terrifying flying monkeys. This musical production arrives just days before Halloween and is a perfect opportunity to introduce new generations to this sensational story, or to experience it again.”
When the dedication for the opening credits of the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz was written, no one could have imagined the lasting impact the movie would have on American culture. Or how accurate the assertion that ‘Time’ would be powerless to stop the story, was going to be.
The actual time is takes (just over one hundred minutes) to transport viewers from Kansas to the magical world of Oz and back again is relatively brief. But, as anyone who has viewed the movie knows, the story resonates much longer than that. Climatic lines such as, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” and “Lions and tigers and bears! Oh, my!” will never be forgotten. Judy Garland’s performance of “Over the Rainbow” has been hummed for decades and once heard, is forever emblazoned on hearts and in minds. That is the phenomenon of The Wizard of Oz.
Dean Sobon serves as the Director and previously created the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Amy McCleary has created the magical choreography and was the Director/Choreographer of the national tour of Memphis, the Musical and the choreographer of the national tour of The Wedding Singer. The team of Sobon and McCleary will take Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City.
Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, The Wizard of Oz will leave audiences young and old captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater. And whether it creates new memories or conjures them up from the past, everyone deserves to experience or relive the wonderful, whimsical, and eduring story, The Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz will be performed at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts on Friday, October 26 at 8:00 PM in Newlin Hall. Tickets start at $38, and are available at www.NortonCenter.com or by calling the box office at 1-877-HIT-SHOW.
This performance is sponsored by Farmer’s National Bank.
Media support has been provided by the Lexington Herald-Leader.
About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts
The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also the primary venue on campus for music and theatrical productions, lectures, other convocations and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.
For more information, contact the Box Office at 859-236-4692 or Toll Free at 1-877-HIT-SHOW (448-7469). To buy tickets online, request a brochure, or for additional information on other performing artists, please visit NortonCenter.com. For insider information and updates from our performers this season, follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/NortonCenterKY), become a fan of the Norton Center on Facebook (facebook.com/NortonCenter), or find the Center on Instagram (nortoncenterky).
For photos, video links, or to schedule an interview with the artists or Executive Director, Steve Hoffman, please contact the Norton Center.