By Ernio Hernandez
13 May 2003
The Boy from Oz is "a musical true story" of the late entertainer who was a protege of Judy Garland — and briefly married to her daughter Liza Minnelli. Martin Sherman (Bent) provides the libretto for the score which features existing pop songs.
Block has performed in many regional productions and is currently in the ensemble of San Francisco's Curran Theatre pre-Broadway run of Wicked. Other credits include Love a Piano, Fiddler on the Roof, James Joyce's The Dead, The Grass Harp and Funny Girl.
Jackman will star in the lead role. Jarrod Emick co-stars as Allen's partner, Greg Connell; Beth Fowler will play his mother, Marion Woolnough; Michael Mulheren takes on his father, Dick Woolnough, and manager-promoter Dee Anthony; Isabel Keating will portray Allen's mentor and mother-in-law, Judy Garland; and Mitchel Federan plays the young Peter. More casting will be announced shortly.
Allen's collaborating songwriters represented in the score include Adrienne Anderson, Burt Bacharach, Jeff Barry, Michael Callen, Christopher Cross, Tom Keane, Marsha Malamet, Dean Pitchford and Carol Bayer Sager.
Philip Wm. McKinley directs the Broadway musical with choreography by Joey McKneely. Patrick Vaccariello will serve as musical supervisor. Orchestrations will be by Michael Gibson. Ben Gannon and Robert Fox produce.
The design team includes Robin Wagner (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes) and Donald Holder (lighting) and ACME Sound Partners (sound).