Last night, we enjoyed a delightful evening down in Philadelphia soaking in the rich architecture of the Academy of Music as The Wizard of Oz blew into town for the week.
My official statement is that Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is in Philly for WAY too short. This adorable and enchanting adaptation really hits a familiar and fun cord and even inspired several “munchins” in the audience to come dressed as little Dorothy’s and to sing along during the production — which led to us changing seats at the intermission to hear the show itself but the show was so engaging that it moved along quickly and kept us all entranced.
Before the show, we met with my sister for a lovely dinner across the street at the Perch Pub which had amazing burgers for a reasonable price. After dinner, we headed over to the show where the staff greeted us warmly and showed us to our seats.
Since the Kimmel Center started the Broadway show series, we have thoroughly enjoyed a range of musical selections that have awed and inspired my daughters as they grow in their own musical and creative skills. For me, it’s been a great opportunity to connect with family and enjoy Philadelphia. The ride into the city alone is such a deterant to making the trip in (last night it took 1 1/2 hrs in stop ‘n go traffic) but the experience itself makes it worth the effort and I appreciate all that the Kimmel Center is doing to bring quality entertainment to the city.
Looking around us at the show, I noticed that on the third night all the box seats were full and the season ticket holders were out in full force. Seats around the Academy were also well filled out showing the success of this attraction. The show brought in a range of ages and allowed children to enjoy a massive musical experience that really engaged and entertained (especially with a REAL Toto joining Dorothy throughout the performance.) The sets were phenomenal and perfectly complimented the flow of the show.
If you haven’t already become a Kimmel Center member, join today for discounts at local restaurants. Also, all patrons who make a contribution at any level to the Kimmel Center will receive Advance Purchase Opportunities on select Kimmel Center Presents and Broadway Philadelphia performances. Definitely worth the investment if you are going to head in for a couple of shows during the year.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
“We’re off to see…” the most magical adventure of them all. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage by the award-winning creative team that recently delighted London and Toronto audiences with the revival of The Sound of Music. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar®-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for all the family.
Head over to the Kimmel Center Broadway tickets website to purchase tickets now through Sunday at 1 pm.
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