May 9, 1997
LOCALS MAKE GOOD
BY Jim Knippenberg
Gracious hello, and arenít there one heck of a lot of local names making national news this week? We count four without even trying.
That would be former Cincinnatian Michael Gruber. The 1982 Indian Hill High School grad and member of New Yorkís Cats cast has left the show for a month to dress up in aluminum foil and look for a heart.
Specifically, heís playing the Tin Man opposite Roseanneís Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, which opened Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
Itís a four-week run, says mom Barb Gruber of Indian Hill. Playing the role, she says, is the easy part. The hard part was the buildup: For several weeks before the Oz opening, Michael was doing double duty, rehearsing Oz by day, doing Cats by night and sleeping when he could find time.
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