A strangely wholesome mix of drag queens and wee ones paraded through the Hollywood Bowl during Saturday night’s “Wizard of Oz” sing-along. Lorna Luft, Judy Garland’s lesser-known daughter, kicked off the West Coast preem, which quickly segued into a costumed procession of winsome tots and, this being Hollywood, creative wannabes.
“I’m representing the yellow brick road,” said one mother escorting her children onstage, while an enterprising young man called out, “I’m available for bar mitzvahs.”
Co-host Ed Kross ribbed one man with only a straw hat to show for his costume: “Five minutes went into that outfit,” he said. “Clearly, a SAG member.”
Another comely miss billed herself as “the slightly wicked witch of the southwest.”
In the end, it was a young Scarecrow named Stevie that won the audience’s heart — and a two night get-away at the Ritz Carlton — besting a Tinman able to toot his own smoke and a large drag queen called Big Dorothy rumored to work with designer Bob Mackie.
“Reba” thesp Melissa Peterman provided play by play during the lengthy parade. The aud, which included Vince Vaughn, Teri Hatcher and Brendan Fraser, then settled in for the 1939 classic, singing along and hissing at every appearance of the Wicked Witch of the West.