Miss Gulch Returns!

Steven Patterson stars as Miss Almira Gulch at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill. Tom Judson accompanies Patterson on piano. Original production photos by John Sowle.
Is this theatrical reboot better than the cabaret original? Let’s discuss.

By Andrew Andrews

Does the name Almira Gulch ring a bell?

In The Wizard of Oz, she’s the bike-riding neighbor who confiscated Dorothy’s dog Toto before transforming into the Wicked Witch of the West.

In Miss Gulch Returns!, a cabaret singer at a men’s club flirts with the frumpy prude before he transforms into her.

Gulch takes over as the performer, and uses her position on stage to complain about her treatment in the film, her later difficulties as an entertainer, and—most of all—how lonely she feels without a man.

Thirty-plus years after composer Fred Barton originated the piece in a Greenwich Village nightclub, Bridge Street Theatre brings it to their proscenium stage as a one man show with piano accompaniment.

Patterson first appears as a cabaret performer before transforming into Gulch.

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Andrew Andrews attended Miss Gulch Returns! at Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill on Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 7:30pm to write this review.

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