"In Chicago, the windy city," press notes state, "Dora Inez Garza is preparing for her fifteenth birthday celebration — a traditional quinceanera. Her mother and uncles have worked so hard to make it an exciting fiesta for her, but Dora, feeling caught between the expectations of her heritage and her desire to be like any other contemporary American teenager, doesn't understand why the tradition is so important to her family. With a little help from a mysterious woman and her enchanted gift, Dora is swept up into a gran tornado that drops her (and her little chiuahua, too) in a magical world where she must slip on the ruby zapatillas and take a journey of self-discovery, dancing down the yellow brick road. She seeks the only person who can help her return to the world she knows — the superstar with all the answers: the Wizard of Oz — la Maravillosa Maga de Oz. Along the way she befriends a tongue-tied scarecrow, a heartless iron chef and a cowardly mountain lion, but a crazy, mean bruja intent on total world domination will stop at nothing to steal Dora's stylish, yet super powerful shoes."
Here's a look at opening night:
TheatreWorks USA's Yellow Brick Road, Featuring Natalie Toro, Opens Off-Broadway
The cast includes Virginia Cavaliere as Dora, Lexi Rhoades as Carnival Gloria / The Wizard, Natalie Toro as La Bruja, Ryan Duncan as Scarecrow, Frank Viveros as Tino and Cedric Leiba Jr. as Mountain Lion. Joshua Cruz and Veronica Reyes are the understudies.
The Yellow Brick Road features a book by Mando Alvarado and Tommy Newman, and music and lyrics by Jaime Lozano and Newman. The new musical, which has a running time of 60 minutes, is recommended for children ages seven and older.
Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis in-person at the Lucille Lortel Theatre Box Office (121 Christopher St.) on the day of the performance. Tickets for each day's performances will be distributed beginning one hour prior to the first performance of the day. There is a limit of four tickets per adult per day.
For more information visit www.twusa.org.