Atlantic Theater Company's Atlantic for Kids has announced casting for El Otro Oz, a new bilingual musical inspired by The Wizard of Oz. Performances begin January 13, 2024 at Atlantic's Stage 2, where the limited engagement will run through February 18.
The cast will feature Arielle Gonzalez, Eli Gonzalez, Christian Adriana Johannsen, Adriel Jovian, Danny Lemache, and Nya Noemi. Melissa Crespo directs.
Inspired by The Wizard of Oz, the Mexican folk-infused musical follows Dora, a contemporary Latiné teenager. As her quinceañera approaches, Dora struggles with her family's ideas about tradition, until she is swept away to a strange new land where she learns to embrace her identity.
The creative team includes choreographer Alessandra Valea, music director Andrew Sotomayor, set designer Rodrigo Escalante, costume designer Stephanie Echevarria, lighting designer Alejandro Fajardo, sound designer Germán Martínez, and prop designer Stephanie Gonzalez. Molly Foy serves as production stage manager. Casting is by Bass/Valle Casting, Gama Valle, and Gregory Jafari Van Acker.
El Otro Oz was originally commissioned, developed, and produced by TheaterWorksUSA. Then titled The Yellow Brick Road, the musical played a 2011 Off-Broadway run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
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