REVIEW: ‘The Wiz’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, August 2014

 

The Wiz kids put on a wonderful show…

 

There may be “no place like home” but the young cast of The Wiz looked perfectly comfortable centre stage at Milton Keynes Theatre in this year’s Creative Learning production.

Over 100 local performers aged between 10 and 21 years old dazzled in a refreshing musical version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz over the weekend, establishing Stage Experience 2014 as a triumphant success.

Now into its fourth year, Stage Experience is a unique two-week project run by the Creative Learning department at Milton Keynes Theatre. Led by a group of industry professionals, the venture takes a year of careful planning but the actual rehearsal period is a frenzied fortnight of fun, hard work and exceptional achievement.

 

The Wiz

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REVIEW: ‘Wicked’ – Milton Keynes Theatre, February 2014

 

Seemingly evergreen musical spectacular Wicked swept into Milton Keynes Theatre this week and it is set to cast its spell over hordes of fans during a month-long stay.

Wicked is the untold story of the witches from L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and this witty re-imagining of the unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students now has a cult following.

Based on a 1995 novel titled Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire, the magical show has broken box office records around the world since its 2003 debut.

 

Wicked UK & Ireland Tour. Emily Tierney as Glinda and Nikki Davis-Jones as Elphaba. (Photo by Matt Crockett).

WICKED: Emily Tierney (Glinda) and Nikki Davis-Jones (Elphaba) photographed by Matt Crockett

 

This distinctive, green-hued saga of witchery really is the perfect prequel – and sensational sequel – to the familiar tale of Oz.

There is so much to wonder about in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Just why did Dorothy find herself in Oz? How did the Lion come to be so very cowardly? What happened to the Tin Man’s heart? Has the Wicked Witch of the West always been wicked? View Post