The Wicked Witch of the West is a cross-dressing, self-proclaimed bitch whose love of song and hard alcohol has landed a shamelessly endearing gig at The Emerald City Lounge. For your information, Miss Gulch's career high came as a result of her debut in that infamous cinematic classic starring alongside Dorothy, Toto and the Yellow Brick Road posse. Ever since, she's been raising the roof in smoky lounges as she gripes about men, lost loves and the many ways life has wronged her.
Brent E. Marty (Miss Gulch) opens this witty musical as a tuxedoed emcee accompanied by a genuine piano sidekick played by Paul Galloway. Just moments into the rush of Broadway-esque show tunes, Marty transforms himself into the prudish and hysterically pessimistic Miss Gulch.
From then until the close of the curtain, Miss Gulch delivers non-stop laughter as she emulates an archetypical personality envied by all who have experienced bitterness, resentment and a willingness to let it all hang out for everyone else to see.
Brent and Pianist Galloway play off of each other, creating a brilliant balance of talent on TOTS" charming set which features a spinning baby grand piano housed inside the very green Emerald City Lounge bordered by a wall of rainbow colored liquors and flashy mirrors.
Most impressive was the delicate and diligent chemistry between Miss Gulch and Toto, played by Angel the dog. This TV K-9 duo brought a tear to all dog lovers and a jolt of laughter to everyone else.
Accomplished director, Ron Spencer, breathed life into this Fred Barton (Forbidden Broadway and The Two Svengalis) creation. Its flawless arrangement and fast-paced blocking made every second entirely fascinating and hilarious.
Originally opening Off-Broadway in 1985, Miss Gulch Returns has played to audiences around the country and, in 1986, an original cast album was released, jam-packed with all the zany tunes involved in this unconventional hit.
Now, at Theatre on the Square, Miss Gulch can be seen in all of her harsh and hysterical beauty. Theatre on the Square is located at 627 Mass Ave. Call 637-8085 for reservations/information.