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Vancouver actor Jay Brazeau lands Wizard in touring Wizard of Oz

Posted Nov 8, 2013 by Marcus Hondro
When it comes to Vancouver, much-loved actor Jay Brazeau is surely the hardest working guy in show biz. Forever on stage and with more than 250 TV and film credits, Mr. Brazeau is an acting tour de force.
The Wizard of Oz will be arriving in Toronto
The Wizard of Oz will be arriving in Toronto
Wizard of Oz - Ross Petty
The affable and talented, big-voiced Brazeau is off on another acting adventure as the Toronto Wizard of Oz touring company has hired him to join the cast. He will replace Cedric Smith in the role of The Wizard.
Mr. Brazeau has already begun rehearsing and will step into the part when the show makes its way to St. Paul, Minn. in three weeks. The show, with Mr. Smith, is currently playing Vancouver (Nov. 5-10 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre).
Wizard of Oz: Special effects and lavish costumes
This Andrew Lloyd Webber production is replete with lavish costumes and eye-popping special effects - including helicopters. It was inspired by the famed MGM musical and the original book by L. Frank Baum. The production had a lengthy run at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, opening on Jan. 13 and playing there until Aug. 18.
It began its North American tour with dates in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in September and is slated to run all the way until July 20, 2014 when it will close at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
The cast features 20-year-old Danielle Wade, who won her role on the CBC reality show Over the Rainbow. Mike Jackson is the Tin Man, Jamie McKnight the Scarecrow and Lee MacDougall plays the Cowardly Lion. Jay Brazeau himself played the Cowardly Lion in London, England some 35 years ago.
Working for Andrew Lloyd Webber
Originally from Winnipeg, Mr. Brazeau, who has been the recipient of numerous theatre awards, including Jessie Awards and the Sam Payne Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010, has performed in over 100 plays. He has performed in over a dozen plays alone with his actor-wife, Suzanne Ristic, among them the award-winning Penny Gummerson First Nation's play, Wawatay.
Career stage highlights include the Art's Club production of Hairspray at the Stanley in Vancouver in the role of Edna Turnblad, The Drowsy Chaperone and a superlative turn as Horace Vandergelder in Hello, Dolly!.
His list of film credits includes feature roles with Robert De Niro and Sean Penn in We're No Angels and Robin Williams and Al Pacino in Insomnia. For television he has starred in dozens of both Canadian and American shows, among them The X-Files, The West Wing, Da Vinci's Inquest, Stargate: Atlantis and The Killing.
The father of two told the Vancouver Sun he is thrilled to take on the role of the Wizard and noted that "You don’t get hired by Andrew Lloyd Webber every day."