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THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW
Opening Night: July 19, 2011
Did He Like It?*
Click your heels together "tres veces" and take a magical journey with The Yellow Brick Road, an all-new salsa and merengue-infused musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz.
In Chicago, the windy city, Dora Inez Garza is preparing for her fifteenth birthday celebration -- a traditional quinceanera. Her mother and uncles have worked so hard to make it an exciting fiesta for her, but Dora, feeling caught between the expectations of her heritage and her desire to be like any other contemporary American teenager, doesn't understand why the tradition is so important to her family.
With a little help from a mysterious woman and her enchanted gift, Dora is swept up into a gran tornado that drops her (and her little chiuahua, too) in a magical world where she must slip on the ruby zapatillas and take a journey of self-discovery, dancing down the yellow brick road.
She seeks the only person who can help her return to the world she knows -- the superstar with all the answers: the Wizard of Oz -- la Maravillosa Maga de Oz. Along the way she befriends a tongue-tied scarecrow, a heartless iron chef and a cowardly mountain lion, but a crazy, mean bruja intent on total world domination will stop at nothing to steal Dora's stylish, yet super powerful shoes.
Come along to the Emerald City with Dora and her friends as she discovers the power of embracing who you are, understanding where you come from and knowing "home" is always a heartbeat away. With all-new songs written in contemporary Latin musical styles, The yellow Brick Road promises to be a Ozzsome adventure!
This Isn’t Kansas: It’s a Quinceañera That Sets the Scene
*By ERIC GRODE
Published: July 28, 2011
"This isn’t your grandparents’ “Wizard of Oz.” Or your parents’ “Wiz.” Or your older sister’s “Wicked.” “The Yellow Brick Road,” the 2011 entry in TheaterWorks USA’s dependably diverting free summer series for young audiences, is a high-spirited mix of all these shows, particularly “The Wiz.” The director, Devanand Janki, has packed more than a dozen songs and several winning performances into this Latino-flavored riff on the L. Frank Baum classic at the Lucille Lortel Theater. No time to click heels in this 65-minute telling: these shoes are made for dancing. "
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