Randy Charleville, the Hamilton native who appeared most recently in “Flashdance, the Musical” at the Schuster Center, is returning to our area this week as Uncle Henry in a new stage adaptation of “Wizard of Oz.”
The show, developed from the MGM screenplay, will play Clowes Memorial Hall in Indianapolis from Jan. 13-17. It includes both Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg songs from the film and some new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Randy, who attended both Wright State University and Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, told me he got his theatrical start as one of the three little pigs in the kindergarten play at Van Buren Elementary School in Hamilton. He said his claim to fame in Hamilton was playing the leading role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in the senior play at Hamilton High School.
Over the years, he also sang in the choir and “did every imaginable kind of theater, music and dance in all areas of Hamilton, Dayton and Cincinnati. He credits the training he received at CCM and Wright State with preparing him to head for New York.
“Growing up with Midwest sensibilities helps keep you grounded when you move to a big city,” Charleville told me. He has also worked in television and film and now lives near Times Square. When he toured with “Phantom of the Opera,” the show was in South America for six months.
“I’m very glad I grew up with Midwestern sensibilities and values — after 25 years in New York, I still hold the door open for a woman and say ‘thank you’ and ‘hi’ to everyone,” Charleville said.
He’s hoping friends and family from our area will come to Indy to see him perform. Tickets are on sale online at www.BroadwayinIndianapolis.com, or by phone at 1-800-982-2787.
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