It was great to see The Oz Project featured in Playbill today.
This was a fun and ambitious musical theater project where I tracked a few of Broadway’s best pit musicians laying down basics for a masterful mashup of “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Wiz”. The final product looks and sounds great. As the Playbill piece details:
“The Oz Project, a love letter to The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, was created and performed by Broadway’s diehard Oz fans, including Kate Rockwell, Joshua Henry, Rob McClure and more. The video has been released—on the same day The Wizard of Oz hit movie theatres nationally in 1939.
Directed by Sean Barrett, the cast includes Rockwell and Brynn Williams as Dorothy, Henry and Ben Jacoby as the Lion, McClure and James T. Lane as the Scarecrow, Grasan Kingsberry and Ryan VanDenBoom as the Tin Man, Nancy Opel and Jennie Harney as Glinda, Liz Larsen as the Wicked Witch of the West, Mykal Kilgore as Evillene and Patrice Covington as Addaperle with Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Natalie Joy Johnson, Ashlee Dupre, Alan Wiggins, Julia Knitel, Marty Thomas, Louis Jones and Gabrielle Reed.
The creative team also includes Matt DiCarlo (assistant director), Jason Michael Webb (musical arrangements) and James Harkness (choreography). Walter Krueger is the project’s producer.”