The Emerald City continues to take over Tampa Bay this week at Ruth Eckerd Hall, where The Wizard of Oz opens Tuesday. This time, it's Andrew Lloyd Webber's new production, an adaptation from the classic movie reconceived for the stage. It has all the songs you know and love, including Somewhere Over the Rainbow and We're Off to See the Wizard, as well as some new songs by Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber. In Ruth Eckerd Hall's show, the part of Toto is played by Nigel, a dog rescued from the Northeast Arkansas Humane Society by his dad and trainer, William Berloni. In 2009, Nigel was in The Wiz opposite singer Ashanti in New York City, so he knows what he's doing. The Wizard of Oz runs Tuesday through April 19 at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. On Wednesday, if you buy one adult ticket, you get a child's ticket free with the promo code FAMILY. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com.
Stephanie Hayes, Times performing arts critic