'The Wizard of Oz' is a fantastic production that the whole family can enjoy. During the tornado scene, the original farmhand characters transform into the Lion, Tin Man, and Scarecrow through a clever projection, reminiscent of the Power Rangers. This touch is sure to delight the young ones in the audience. Keep an eye out for the playfully placed references to the show in the set that even the adults will appreciate, such as a Hamilton-inspired poster reading "Margaret Hamilton" and a Lion King-themed one called "The Lahr King".
As we are introduced to Dorothy's three companions, their personalities shine through their songs. The catchy tunes have a repetitive quality that makes it easy for the younger audience to enjoy without overwhelming them. Louis Gaunt brings Scarecrow to life with his incredible talent, while Ashley Banjo's Tin Man has a comedic robot dance that will have everyone laughing. And let's not forget Jason Manford, who delivers a hilarious and talented performance as the Cowardly Lion. His use of voice and physicality had children and adults alike bursting with laughter, he has some memorable one liners too ‘friend of Dorothy’ and ‘Lion in winter’ are the ones that stuck with me.