What the show seemed to lack is heart. Perhaps part of the problem was the inevitable comparison to the iconic Judy Garland movie. Set up against this standard, the characters in the musical seemed to be pale imitations. In the early scenes when Dorothy was feeling displaced and unloved, singing the song "Nobody Understands Me", Wade came across as petulant as opposed to sympathetic. When singing her big song "Somewhere Over the Rainbow", Danielle's voice faded out occasionally when she turned her head, although she did hold the last note of the song for an impressively long time.
Red Shoes Blues" cackled by the Wicked Witch of the West as she ordered her minions to find Dorothy and get back the slippers. The song "Bring Me the Broomstick" bellowed by the Great Wizard was enjoyable but too short.
Some of the lyrics and spoken lines from the original songs and dialogue of the movie have been updated and modernized. When Dorothy meets the cowardly lion, he makes passing references to the song title "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" and the movie "The Lion in Winter". One of the wittiest additions to dialogue addresses an issue that I always had with the movie. When saying goodbye to her friends, Dorothy tells the Scarecrow, "I think I will miss you most of all". In the musical, the tin man and lion finally take umbrage and call her on this slight against them. I always thought it was insensitive of her to say that :)