Synopsis: After a tornado uproots her from her home in Kansas, Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto are whisked away to the strange and magical Land of Oz!
Landing in Munchkin Country, and accidentally killing the Wicked Witch of the East, Dorothy and Toto embark on a quest to find the only person who can help them return home: Oz, the Great and Terrible Wizard…
Setting off along the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, they quickly make new friends, including a Scarecrow, Tin Man and cowardly Lion, all of whom hope that Oz might help them in their own quests: to find brains, a heart and courage.
But not everyone is so welcoming. The Wicked Witch of the West has vowed revenge for the death of her sister, and she will do everything in her power to ensure that Dorothy never makes it back to Kansas…
Review: Purists rejoice! Marc Platt has adapted L. Frank Baum’s original novel. There are two good witches, silver shoes, kalidahs, flying monkey binding golden caps, china people, and more. To top things off, listeners are treated to two narrators whose identities I won’t spoil, except to say that the shift from him to her is masterfully handled.
The canon adaptation wouldn’t be worth the paper it’s printed on, however, without the performances to back it up. American expat Ally Doman was wonderful as Dorothy, and actually contrasting an American lead with British actors (who mined British stereotypes) was a great shorthand way to convey that she wasn’t in Kansas anymore. All of the supporting actors were marvelous, but I have to single out Stuart Milligan as Oz, Rachel Atkins as The Wicked Witch of the West, and Dan Starkey as the Winged Monkey Captain. Those three went to town and back again by the scenic route.
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Producer Scott Handcock
Script Editor Scott Handcock
Executive Producers Jason Haigh-Ellery and Nicholas Briggs
Written By: L. Frank Baum, dramatised by Marc Platt
Directed By: Scott Handcock
Ally Doman (Dorothy Gale), Dan Bottomley (Scarecrow), Daniel Brocklebank (Tin Woodman), Alex Jordan (Cowardly Lion), Stuart Milligan (Oz), Rachel Atkins (The Wicked Witch of the West), Jacqueline King (The Good Witch of the North), Lizzie Hopley (Jinjur), Dan Starkey (Winged Monkey Captain)
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