The classic story of The Wizard of Oz is coming to Seattle in a brand new stage show. Lee MacDougall plays the Cowardly Lion in the musical, which will open at the Paramount Theatre on October 9. The actor recently reflected on the enduring appeal of L. Frank Baum's story and its effect on tour audiences.
"Dorothy's quest to get back home is about family, belonging and feeling that you’re loved," MacDougall said of the classic tale. "It’s something everyone can relate to, no matter what their family situation is. I think that’s one of the reasons why the story is still so popular a hundred years after the books were written."
The story is so resonant that MacDougall says theatergoers' emotional reactions are often visible from the stage. "People in the audience are crying during our bows," he marvels. "I love that people are so moved by the story.”
MacDougall is joined on the yellow brick road by Danielle Wade as Dorothy, Jamie McKnight as the Scarecrow, Mike Jackson as the Tin Man, Robin Evan Willis as Glinda, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan as the Wicked Witch of the West and Cedric Smith as the Wizard. The show will run through October 13.