Be prepared to fall in love all over again with “The Wizard of Oz.”
That’s how good the refurbished-from-the-1939-movie musical comedy is. It’s now in a dazzling run through Jan. 19 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
The bones of the film are still there, with the story of Dorothy (a glowing Danielle Wade) being whisked from dull monochrome Kansas to the fantastical, Technicolor land of Oz, where she and her newfound friends — Scarecrow (a twisted and hysterical Jamie McKnight), Tin Man (played with a wink and a nudge by Mike Jackson) and Lion (punster extraordinaire Lee MacDougall) — try to get to the Wizard.
As in the many versions of this childhood classic, the Wicked Witch of the West (here a funny stitch of a witch played by Jacquelyn Piro Donovan) stands in their way.
But in this production, everything has been fleshed out with flashy, millennial-friendly effects, from the IMAX-like tornado and cinematic projections to tempo changes in the original score and the delicious twists in the additional songs from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
And just when you’re ready to click your heels and go home (after 90 minutes with a 15-minute intermission), the show wraps up in a brisk but satisfying way.
“The Wizard of Oz” runs through Jan. 19 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW Fifth Ave., in Fort Lauderdale. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 6:30 p.m. Sundays; 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays (and Wednesday, Jan. 15); and 1 p.m. matinees Sundays. Tickets cost $34.50-$89.50. Call 954-462-0222 or go to BrowardCenter.org.Copyright © 2015, South Florida