ALL I WANTED WAS THE DREAM…. and now its come true. Today marks the 18th Anniversary of the Broadway debut one one of the most critically acclaimed shows that has still earned a huge cult following with fans everywhere….. THE BOY FROM OZ.
For anyone who may not know, the story tells the story about the rise & fame of acclaimed flamboyant Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen. He was known for being the first husband to Liza Minnelli before later became gay falling in love with partner model Gregory Connell. With a book by Nick Enright and Martin Sherman, the musical featured a full catalog of songs made famous by Peter Allen himself. Notable songs include NOT THE BOY NEXT DOOR, I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME, DON’T CRY OUT LOUD, and of course….. (as seen below featuring its breakout star Hugh Jackman and the Broadway company) the showstopping I GO TO RIO.
The show originally had its world premiere in Australia at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Sydney back 1998. It was a huge success before later touring the continent including Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. It ran for a complete total of 2 years and 766 performances. Under the direction of Gale Edwards, that premiere cast consisted of….
Todd Mckenney as “Peter Allen”,
Murray Bartlett as “Greg Connell”,
Jill Perryman as “Marion Woolnough”,
Mathew Waters as “Young Peter”,
With the success of the Australian run, THE BOY FROM OZ began to expand in trying to get the show to go International. That first place since its premiere….. our New York City backyard.
THE BOY FROM OZ made its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre in the Fall of 2003 at the Imperial Theatre. The production ran for a year long run of 32 previews and 365 performances. With an updated book and new direction by Philip William McKinley, the cast was led by…..
Hugh Jackman in a breakout Broadway debut as “Peter Allen”,
future Tony winner Stephanie J. Block in her Broadway debut as “Liza Minnelli”,
Tony nominee Isabel Keating as “Judy Garland”,
Tony winner Jarrod Emick as “Greg Connell”,
Tony nominee Beth Fowler as “Marion Woolnough”,
Mitchel David Federan as “Young Peter”,
The reviews were mixed but the cast earned critical praise especially for Hugh Jackman. Despite running for a year, the show was still able to have recouped its investment of $8.25 million after closing.
It also would go on to be nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2004 including BEST MUSICAL. It took home only 1 for BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (for Hugh Jackman – who also ironically was hosting the Tonys at the same time). The show would also get a glory at the Drama Desk winning 2 for OUTSTANDING LEADING and FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (for Jackman and Fowler). They also received 3 special HONOREES at the Theatre World Awards (for Jackman, Keating, and Federan).
2 years after the Broadway production closed, THE BOY FROM OZ made its way back to Australia with an ARENA TOUR production. Under the direction of Kenny Ortega, this spectacular arena staging was led by…..
Hugh Jackman reprising his Tony winning Broadway performance of “Peter Allen” for his hometown crowd,
Angela Toohey reprising her Australian performance as “Liza Minnelli”
Chrissy Amphlett reprising her Australian performance as “Judy Garland”,
Murray Bartlett reprising his Australia performance as “Greg Connell”,
Colleen Hewett as “Marion Woolnough”,
Shardyn Fahey-Leigh as “Young Peter”,
It later returned to Australia in 2010 with a brand new production featuring Todd McKenney reprising his OG performance as “Peter Allen”.
THE BOY FROM OZ was also performed in Peru and in Perth.
The licensing for the show is owned by David Spicer Productions. It has been performed in schools, community, and regional theaters everywhere.
HAPPY 18 YEARS THE BOY FROM OZ ON BROADWAY!!!
Any fans of THE BOY FROM OZ out there?!!!
How spectacular was that number?!!!
It makes us on CLOUD 9 to see this toe-tapping smash hit back on stage where it belongs!!!
Along with the show reopening on the Great Bright Way tonight, AIN’T TOO PROUD is set to finally launch its North American National Tour this Holiday season in a city near you.
Break a leg to the cast, crew, musicians, and creative team.
WELCOME BACK AIN’T TOO PROUD!!!
Who is excited?!!
ON THE MARQUEE: Jennifer DiNoia temporary becomes fulltime “Elphaba” in WICKED on Broadway once again; Pearce recovers from injury and set to return in November!!
ON THE MARQUEE: For the past few weeks since reopening on Broadway, long running Green Girl Jennifer DiNoia has been back once again playing “Elphaba” every night in WICKED. The actress (currently serving as the standby once again) has been filling in for current leading lady Lindsay Pearce who has been out of the show these last few weeks due to a foot injury.
With Pearce is continuing to recover, DiNoia will once again now be playing the smart, fiery, misunderstood, and not-so Wicked Witch of the West herself fulltime all month long. With that in mind, an update has been made outside the show’s front of house billboard of the Gershwin Theatre featuring DiNoia’s photo as “Elphaba”.
Lindsay Pearce is expecting to return to the cast in November.
Jennifer DiNoia is one of WICKED’s longest running and legendary Green Girls. She has played the role on 4 CONTINENTS. She has performed this role on and off for the last 14 YEARS!!! Her journey with the Stephen Schwartz musical began in 2007 as part of the Chicago company initially being the Dance Captain which she later got plucked from being emergency cover to standby for the role of “Elphaba” where she played the role for about 1,500 performances covering for Dee Roscioli and Lisa Brescia.
Since the Chicago company closed in 2009, DiNoia immediately got plucked to serving as the standby for “Elphaba” in the New York production marking it her Broadway debut covering once again for Dee Roscioli along with Mandy Gonzalez, and Teal Wicks. A few months into her first stint standing by there, DiNoia went on to serve as an Emergency standby for Jemma Rix in the show’s Australian company out in Sydney for a month. She returned to the Broadway production afterwards where she continued to DEFY GRAVITY as the standby till 2011.
After a year away, DiNoia returned to THE MERRY OLD LAND OF OZ in 2012 joining the Asian Touring Company of WICKED serving as the first ever “Elphaba” alternate going on twice a week. During that time, she shared the role once again with Jemma Rix.
Finally in 2013, DiNoia was offered and landed the role of “Elphaba” fulltime. She succeeded Christine Dwyer in the role on the 2nd (and on-going) Munchkinland Touring company for a whole year.
A year after the tour in 2014 (with Laurel Harris taking over), DiNoia went back AGAIN to the Broadway production as a temporary standby for Christine Dwyer in the role….. and also filling in before future Tony nominee Lilli Cooper joined as the standby.
Immediately afterwards, DiNoia got the ultimate once-in-a-lifetime offer to go join Wicked‘s London production replacing Kerry Ellis as “Elphaba” fulltime for a 5 month run. This milestone marked her it her West End debut. Along with it being her 4th Continent, DiNoia’s stint in London marked becoming the 2nd American actress to join the London company after the musical’s original Tony winning star Idina Menzel.
Right after returning overseas to the United States in February 2015, DiNoia jumped into the Emerald City 1st National Tour of WICKED replacing Emma Hunton fulltime as “Elphaba” where she stayed till the company’s closing after 10 years on the road.
After the 1st National Tour closed, DiNoia went back to the Broadway company as a temporary principal while Caroline Bowman was recovering from an injury. She shared this temporary run for 3 weeks alongside Christine Dwyer.
DiNoia recently rejoined the Broadway production in 2019 till at the time when Broadway was shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the show returned, she’s still going it. As the standby during this stint, she has been covering for BOTH Hannah Corneau and now Lindsay Pearce.
Congrats Jennifer DiNoia!!!
Get well Lindsay Pearce!!!
Isn’t Jennifer DiNoia such a WICKED legend?!!!
How THRILLIFYING is that?
Any Jennifer DiNoia fans out there?!!!
Emmy winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss releases new holiday album A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS out now; Tour to travel across North America this December!!
BREAKING NEWS: Before he returns to Broadway next year in the long awaited revival of American Buffalo, Emmy winner and Broadway favorite Darren Criss (TV’s Glee along with Broadway’s How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and HEDWIG) is set to bring AN EXTRODINARY MERRY CHRISTMAS to you. The versatile screen and stage star most recently released his newest holiday A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS out now from Decca Records.
A VERY DARREN CRISSMAS showcases this celebrated talent’s vocal chops performing an unbelievable reimagined take on notable holiday favorites, rarely covered tunes, and more. The album features Criss performing duets alongside….
Country singing sensation Lainey Wilson,
Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Evan Rachel Wood,
Acclaimed singer, actor and fellow Glee castmate Adam Lambert.
It also officially marks as Criss’ first ever full length solo album. With his music career (outside of his work on Glee as “Blaine Anderson”), he previously released 3 EP solo recordings consisting of 2010’s HUMAN, 2017’s HOMEWORK, and his most recently created during the pandemic 2021’s MASQUERADE. All 3 EP’s went on to become successful topping the charts.
Along with the new holiday album, Criss will embark on a month long concert tour celebrating the holidays here in North America. The tour will kick off December 3rd, 2021 in Indianapolis, IN before making his way to the following cities….
Ann Arbor, MI (where Criss’ Alma Matter is),
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
a stop in our New York City backyard at The Beacon Theatre!!!
If you love Darren Criss and want to know about about him and your favorite Glee stars that have rocked Broadway, join us for our GLEEKS ON BROADWAY Walking Tour relaunching next month.
Who is excited?!!!
Tony and Emmy winner Kristin Chenoweth attempts to become the next “Jenna” in WAITRESS on Broadway in hilarious new video with Bareilles!!
SUGAR, BUTTER, TOSS-TOSS!!!! Tony and Emmy Award winner Kristin Chenoweth is still anxious to get herself cast and back on Broadway now that Live Theater has returned. She’s already been rejected from Come From Away and Dear Evan Hansen and even with trying to get back to WICKED. Now, the 4’11 versatile stage and screen favorite is boosting her talents by including baking on her resume.
Could Chenoweth’s slice of I AM POPULAR ON BROADWAY PIE impress Bareilles?!!!
How funny was that?!!!
THE MINUTES to include majority of original Broadway cast including Letts, Mueller, Murphy, & more for show’s return; Noah Reid to replace Armie Hammar!!
Under the direction of Anna J. Shapiro, the cast will still feature majority of the cast it had prior to the shutdown including….
Letts (who also wrote August: Osage County) as “Mayor Superba”,
Sally Murphy (Broadway’s 1994 Lincoln Center Theater revival of Carousel, Linda Vista, and August: Osage County) as “Ms. Matz”,
Tony Award winner and Emmy Award nominee Blair Brown (The Parisian Woman and Copenhagen, TV’s The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd) as “Ms. Innes”,
THE MINUTES will return to Broadway playing the legendary Studio 54 (current home of the limited engagement revival of Caroline, Or Change). Previews will resume on March 19th, 2022 and will finally reach its long awaited official Opening Night on April 7th, 2022.
This show originally began originally began previews on February 25th, 2020 at its initial home at the Cort Theatre. It was slated to open on March 15th, 2020 but was abruptly shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing Broadway and Live Theater to shutdown.
THE MINUTES moves to Studio 54 due to its original Broadway home at the Cort Theatre currently going through an ongoing full scale renovation project.
Who is excited?!!!