Even though we despise all things Wizard of Oz, there’s one related story that completely fascinates us: Why a gay man discovered by Judy Garland would marry her daughter, Liza Minnelli.
Of course, in his shoes, we probably all would do the same thing.
The life of Peter Allen is captured wonderfully in the Tony Award-winning musical, The Boy from Oz, closing the season for Uptown Players.
The jukebox musical follows Allen’s journey from singing in tiny Australian pubs to becoming an international superstar and Oscar-winning songwriter. Hits include Everything Old is New Again, I Honestly Love You, Don’t Cry Out Loud and a bring-the-audience-to-its-feet interpretation of I Go to Rio.
The cast features Alex Ross as Peter Allen, Janelle Lutz as Judy Garland, and Sarah Elizabeth Smith as Liza Minnelli, along with Alex Altshuler, Lamar Brown, Westin Brown, Sean Burroughs, Dennis Canright, Danielle Estes, Kyle Fleig, Emily Ford, Sonny Franks, Maranda Harrison, Whitney Hennen, Jessica Humphrey, Brett Warner Hurt, Kelly McCain, Kyle Montgomery, Thomas Renner, Rashaun Sibley, and Jodi Wright.
Even though yummy Hugh Jackman isn’t in this version, there’s plenty of eye candy and even more talent than ever in the perfectly assembled cast. And not a flying monkey in sight.
Tickets – $30-$50
July 25 – August 10, 2014
Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas