The Wizard of Oz is an all-time family favourite. Dorothy Gale (Abigail Coy) is swept away to the land of Oz after Kanzas is hit by a tornado. Killing the Wicked Witch of the East was never her intention. However, after her house lands on her, she is instantly revered by the locals and Glinda (Katie Stasi) the good witch.
The Hired Man might perhaps disappoint those looking for the bombast of a large-scale musical but in its subtle portrait of a slice of social history, there’s something more intriguing and moving here.
love a good actor-musician production but here, the integration of musicianship and drama just hasn’t been thought-through, even down to instruments getting in the way of scenes – it feels a token gesture. Similarly, the incorporation of the many classic Dusty songs is cursorily done.