Oz is about to get a lot more fabulous. RuPaul's Drag Race and Off-Broadway Titaníque star Rosé (aka Ross McCorkell) will star as Aunt Em and Glinda in Geva Theatre's upcoming production of The Wizard of Oz, running August 30–October 1 in the Rochester, New York, company's Wilson Theatre.
Rosé's casting is part of director Zi Alikhan's vision for the production, which will center LGBTQIA+ performers in the classic family musical, adapted from the 1939 MGM film.
Joining Rosé will be Savy Jackson (Bad Cinderella) as Dorothy Gale, Jennifer Sánchez (Pretty Woman) as Elmira Gulch and The Wicked Witch of the West, Easton Michaels (Hair) as Hunk and Scarecrow, Pauli Pontrelli (The Trees) as Zeke and Cowardly Lion, Barnaby Reiter (Hairspray) as Hickory and Tin Man, Kathel Louis Griffin (Play On) as Uncle Henry and Guard, and Rochester native Thomas Warfield as Professor Marvel and Wizard of Oz.
Rounding out the company in the ensemble will be Jordan Alexander, Faye Telemaco-Beane, Renee Haley, Kelsey Madison, Abbie C. Morgan, Emma Theriot, and J. Jake Thomas.
The production will feature choreography by Phil Colgan, music direction by Anessa Marie, scenic design by Mark Wendland and Theron Wineinger, costume design by Lux Haac, lighting design by Cha See, sound design by Ryan Hickey, projection design by Nicholas Hussong, puppetry design by Emma Wiseman, wig and makeup design by Brittany Hartman, and dramaturgy by Jenni Werner. Talia Krispel will be production stage manager, with Julia Bregy serving as assistant stage manager.
This production of The Wizard of Oz is licensed by Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.