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  • THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL'S "SING-A-LONG WIZARD OF OZ"
  • July 5, 2003
  • Actress Melissa Peterman Hosts the West Coast Premiere of New Interactive Sing-A-Long Based on Timeless Classic The Wizard of Oz

    Sponsored by Sunset Marquis Hotel and Villas

    The Emerald City glitters on the big screen once again as Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz, a new interactive theatrical film experience featuring one of the most beloved motion pictures of all time, stops in Los Angeles for its West Coast premiere. Actress Melissa Peterman of the hit sit-com Reba hosts this special event for audiences of all ages. Complete with a costume parade, the evening features the OscarĀ®-winning film, wonderfully restored and shown on the Bowl's big screen.

    Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz invites audiences of all ages to celebrate the story of Dorothy and Toto and their journey through Oz by singing along to some of history's best-known and loved songs (subtitled for new fans) in a theatre filled with audience members dressed up as their favorite Wizard of Oz characters. So, focus your brain, listen to your heart, and summon up your courage, Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz is about to transport you to a new, colorful world of unimaginable fun!

    The show had its premiere in the fall of 2002 in Chicago and began touring internationally earlier this year. Produced by Nederlander Presentations, Inc. and Clear Channel Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Theatrical, Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz is a splashy night of theater mixed with a festive costume-filled celebration, all in conjunction with a large-screen viewing of the classic film that continues to touch the hearts of millions.

    MELISSA PETERMAN brings her comedic talent to the WB's hit series Reba as the impossibly perky dental hygienist Barbra Jean. Peterman recently wrapped Recipe For Disaster, a fun family comedy where she plays a vast array of eccentric characters. Peterman also remains loyal to her comic roots, as the host of 15 Minutes Of Fem, a comedy showcase for women at the Egyptian Theatre; you also might catch her at the LA Connection doing the midnight Alumni/Celebrity Improv show. Peterman continues to write her own material with a one-woman show in the works. Peterman made her film debut as Hooker #2 in the Coen Brother's Academy award-winning movie Fargo. She co-starred in the feature comedy How High with Fred Willard, Hector Elizondo, Spalding Gray, and Method Man. Her television appearances include the Oxygen Network sketch comedy Running With Scissors, and guest starring roles in series such as The Pitts and Just Shoot Me. An avid writer, reader, and theater enthusiast, Peterman currently lives and laughs in Los Angeles with her husband, fellow actor John Brady.

    One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a seating capacity of just under 18,000, the HOLLYWOOD BOWL has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991 gave its name to The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California. A hit from its very first season, the Hollywood Bowl has remained popular and accessible to a wide cross-section of Southern California's diverse population. To this day, $1 buys a seat at the top of the Bowl for many of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's concerts. While the Bowl is best known for its sizzling summer nights, during the day California's youngest patrons enjoy "Summer Sounds: Music for Kids at the Hollywood Bowl," the Southland's most popular summer arts festival for children, now in its 35th season. Attendance figures over the past several decades have soared: in 1980 the Bowl first topped the half-million mark and last summer, close to one million admissions were recorded. It is no wonder that the Bowl's summer music festivals have become as much a part of a Southern California summer as beaches and barbecues, the Dodgers and Disneyland.

    EDITOR'S PLEASE NOTE:

    Saturday, July 5


    Sing-a-Long Wizard of Oz

    Pre-show program and costume parade: 7 PM

    Movie: 8:30 PM

    Hollywood Bowl (2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood)

    Tickets ($1 - $55) are on sale now at the Hollywood Bowl box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232, at all Ticketmaster outlets (Robinsons May, Tower Records and Ritmo Latino locations), or online at hollywoodbowl.com. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for a 20% discount, subject to availability; call 323.850.2050 for further details. For general information or to request a brochure, call 323.850.2000.

    The Wizard of Oz and all related characters and elements are trademarks of Turner Entertainment Co.

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  • contact:

    Elizabeth Hinckley, 323.850.2047; Allison Schwartz, 323.850.2015