Audience members who saw The Wiz at the Kentucky Center For the Performing Arts in Louisville want their money back. They claim that the play was ratchet and poorly staged.
Island Entertainment KC, of Kansas City, Missouri, put two subpar performances of “The Wiz” shows Dec. 1. Tickets cost between $35 to $65.
According to local reports, “Dorothy forgot her lines, the Cowardly Lion looked more like a bear and the magical land of Oz was displayed on a laptop projector. “
Here are some audience reactions to the play:
“The whole thing is weird,” the employee said. “Some people didn’t stay more than nine minutes through the show. There was a woman who was so distraught she walked out and spent the entire time talking to the ticket sales people as the show was going on.”
“It was terrible,” Barnett said. “Dorothy was wearing a Walmart dress. They forgot their dialogues … at one point Dorothy said she wanted to go back to Texas!” (In “The Wiz,” Dorothy is from Harlem while Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” is from Kansas.)
“It was really sloppy,” Tasha McGhee said. “The backdrop was a projected image of a cornfield and a barn. But then laptop notifications kept popping up on screen. They were projecting it off of someone’s computer.”
Tasha McGhee, who went to the 7 p.m. show, said the actor playing the Cowardly Lion didn’t have a tail or a mane on his costume. He was missing one of his paws and was wearing one black sock instead.
“He didn’t look like a lion,” McGhee said. “He looked like a dumb sasquatch!”