‘Oz’ gets an update; Driftwood Players add spice to ‘Usher’

Follow Andrew Lloyd Webber down the yellow brick road at the Paramount Theatre this week when “The Wizard of Oz” opens Wednesday.

The newly imagined stage version presents all the familiar songs of the movie score, such as “If I Only Had a Brain” and “Over the Rainbow,” but longtime collaborators Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice update it with some new numbers.

You’ll find all the characters from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s fantasy, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” Just watch out for those flying monkeys in this live performance.

“The Wizard of Oz” runs Wednesday through Oct. 13 at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle.

Tickets, available at stgpresents.org, are $25 to $95 for matinee and evening performances. You can also order by calling 877-784-4849, or purchase them at the box office.

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With Halloween coming, it’s time to bring out the Poe, so the Driftwood Players are presenting “The Fall of the House of Usher,” opening Oct. 10.

The Driftwood version, adapted by Jack Neary, updates Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, first published in 1839, as a thriller set in Boston in the 1930s.

Writer James Brookfield is summoned to the mansion of an old friend, Roderick Usher, to write about the House of Usher. But it soon is obvious to Brookfield that Usher has a more sinister motive for inviting him, and that Brookfield and Usher’s sister, Madeline, are in, uh, grave danger.

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Performances of “The Fall of the House of Usher” are at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 and 12, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 13.

All seats are $14 and may be purchased on the website, www.driftwoodplayers.com; or at the Driftwood Players, 306 Main St., Edmonds; and at the Wade James Theatre box office, 950 Main St., an hour before show time.

This performance may not be suitable for young children. Call 425-774-9600 with questions.

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